PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 14th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! Experienced advisers will likely agree that helping clients accept equity market volatility is one of their biggest challenges. Simply put, most advisers have learned how to cope with and understand the role of volatility, but their clients have not. The disparity between adviser and client perspectives highlights the importance of open, frequent communication—and of establishing and following a carefully constructed investment plan.

Dealing With Volatility
Managers’ Long-Term Outlook Gives Context for Current Volatility
Despite slowing global growth, disparate inflation rates, and continued normalization of U.S. monetary policy, economists with Vanguard and J.P. Morgan Asset Management believe that a near-term recession will be avoided. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Offers 2019 to 2029 Capital Market Assumptions
If they do not embrace immigration in a big way, developed economies are likely to run into labor shortages that will curtail their growth potential; emerging markets will likely benefit from demographic trends. Read more >
Active Management Insights from Putnam CEO Bob Reynolds
As the firm launches a new initiative to educate investors about active management opportunities, Putnam CEO Bob Reynolds says he is optimistic that an improved retirement landscape will take shape in 2019. Read more >
Stock Market Volatility Brings Predictable 401(k) Trading Spike
Preliminary data shared by Alight Solutions shows the firm’s 401(k) trading index spiked on Monday October 29; investors making moves shunned growth assets and paid premium prices for fixed income. Read more >
Strategic Perspective Is a Key Commodity During Bouts of Volatility
As recently as mid-2016 it was common to hear advisers describe significant market volatility as the new normal, but since then the global equity markets have been remarkably stable and generous; so it makes some sense, experts agree, that investors are feeling jittery as volatility returns to the fore. Read more >
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Linking health care and wealth management; maximizing practice efficiency and cross-selling opportunities; addressing individuals' insurance and financial wellness needs—Hub’s new retirement plan specialist advisers hope to do all of this and more.

AutoZone’s Use of Prudential GoalMaker Criticized in New Lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges that GoalMaker served Prudential’s interests at the expense of participants’ by funneling retirement savings into proprietary investment products and into investments that paid revenue sharing to Prudential.

2020 Contribution and Benefit Limits Announced

The limit on deferrals to 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans has been increased by $500.

IRS Proposes Changes to Tables Used in RMD Calculations

The purpose of any such updates would be to increase the effectiveness of tax-favored retirement programs by allowing retirees to retain sufficient retirement savings in these programs for their later years, the IRS says.

AllianceBernstein to Close its Mutual Fund Target-Date Series

The investment firm will be shifting all of its focus to its CIT target-date series.

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