Happy Friday, readers! What can we say at this point about the Brexit? Not much, experts caution, but in some ways that’s exactly the problem. Uncertainty surrounding the UK’s surprising choice to leave the European Union is already ruffling the global equity markets, with the DJIA and S&P 500 indexes each shedding nearly 3% of their day-opening value at the time of this writing. With that in mind, our weekly roundup newsletter offers up some suggestions for helping plan participants understand and accept the necessary role of volatility in investing.
More than eight in 10 advisers polled by Eaton Vance report fear is the primary motivator for clients. Advisers can deliver major value by helping clients overcome their initial reaction to market headlines.
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It is critical for advisers to consistently underscore the benefits of buy-and-hold investing so that when fluctuations do occur, the rationale and unyielding approach to investing has been firmly set.
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MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.
With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.
One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.