PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 24th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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.
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When Advice Is Missed, Clients Act Out of Fear
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. Read more >
401(k) Investors Should Stick with Equities During Market Volatility
An analysis by Fidelity indicates 401(k) investors who stuck with equity allocations after the 2008 financial crisis fared far better in the long term than those who didn’t. Read more >
Experts Advise Investors to Accept Short-Term Volatility
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. Read more >
Volatility Can Strengthen the Advisory Relationship
Leading advisers are finding new ways to help clients cope with the powerful sense of panic that can quickly set in when broad equity market indexes start to fall. Read more >
How Are Investors Responding to Volatility?
Experts suggest many long-term investors have absorbed central lessons about volatility and trading—especially among more sophisticated segments of the investing population. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Lawsuit Challenges Fees in Kimberly-Clark's 401(k) Plan

The plaintiffs allege plan fiduciaries used what it calls ‘cobbled-together services from many providers’ and didn't monitor fees for any of them.

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