PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 27th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! There are a lot of elements to ensuring success in the financial advisory profession, but at the core is quality client service. You can have the best growth rate in the industry and the most effective sales staffers out there, but if you aren’t retaining existing clients, it will all be for naught. Collected below is a series of articles on the topic of ensuring quality client service. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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2020 Will Be Another Year of Adviser Philanthropy
The editorial team of PLANADVISER was blown away by the generosity of advisers recognized in our 2019 Advisers Giving Back program, and we’re already working on new stories of giving for 2020. Read more >
Business Owners Dream (Wrongly) of an Easy Retirement Transition
Business owners believe strongly in the value of their businesses, so they are often tempted to reinvest everything into the enterprise, thinking that will be their “retirement plan.” Read more >
Ways to Combat Leakage
The Savings Preservation Working Group says that at least 33% and as many as 47% of plan participants withdraw part or all of their retirement savings when switching jobs. Read more >
Preventing Financial Abuse of Aging Clients
Retirement plan advisers do more than help shape their retired clients’ finances; they can and indeed must play a part in making sure their clients are treated equitably. Read more >
The Price Tag of Financial Stress
According to new John Hancock research, financial stress has a major impact on organizations, costing more than an estimated $1,900 per year, per employee. Read more >
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DOL Finalizes Rule Opening Door to ESG Investing in Retirement Plans

The DOL announced a final rule that retirement plan fiduciaries can consider climate change and other ESG factors when selecting investments.

Plan Advisers Value Trustworthiness, “Personal” Touch from DC Recordkeepers

Retirement plan advisers respond to DC recordkeepers that are present, active, and trusted partners, according to an annual Cogent Syndicated brand survey.

Advisers Get Long-Awaited Clarity on ESG in Retirement Plans

DOL's final rule clears regulatory hurdles for retirement plan fiduciaries to implement, or ignore, ESG investing.

A Reminder to Avoid Fraudulent Hardship Withdrawals

An individual in Ohio was recently indicted by a grand jury on charges that he fraudulently claimed the assets he withdrew from his retirement account would be used to purchase a primary residence and to pay medical expenses.

Financial Firms Looking to HBCUs, “Pipeline” Programs to Bolster Diversity

Two new programs focus on advancing diversity in the financial management space by working with historically black colleges and students.

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