PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 24th, 2019
Surveys show a majority of advisers believe they will continue to manage their clients’ money for multiple generations, even if they don’t know the heirs. Experts warn intergenerational advisory relationships are actually quite uncommon, however, in large part because advisers often make very little effort to build rapport with clients’ kids. As the articles collected below demonstrate, the most successful advisers use the topics of college savings, family caregiving and estate planning to deepen ties to their clients, leading to better retention and improved outcomes for all parties.   
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Intergenerational Advice Is Far From a Given
Surveys show a majority of advisers believe they will continue to manage their clients’ money for multiple generations, even if they don’t know the heirs.  Read more >
Parents and Kids Both Influence the Flow of ‘Modern Money’
Shifting attitudes about supporting adult children financially have helped reshape Americans’ thinking about wealth and retirement readiness. Read more >
Families With Special Needs Children Not Prepared for Future
Most caregivers of special needs children don’t work with financial advisers; however there is strong interest in working with financial advisers who specialize in special needs planning. Read more >
Retirement Savings Takes a Back Seat to College Savings for Parents
Seventy-three percent of parents agree with the statement, “I’d be willing to delay my retirement to pay for my kids’ college education.” Read more >
How To Make 529 Plan Service Pay Off
Offering advice about 529 college savings plans can deepen client relationships, though such services are not usually big revenue drivers on their own. Read more >
Many Parents Draining Savings to Help Children
The Bank of Mom and Dad is playing a major role in the U.S. housing market, according to Legal & General Group, putting some parents’ retirements at risk. Read more >
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Issues That Can Trigger a Lawsuit Over TDFs in Retirement Plans

A litigation firm has listed what it is investigating for potential lawsuits over target-date funds (TDFs) in retirement plans.

Upset in FINRA Board Large Seat Election

Board of Governors candidate-by-petition Chris Flint has defeated the FINRA-preferred candidate Andrew Duff.

SECURE Act Ensnared in Senate After Flying Through House
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.
The Next Generation of Producers Is Emerging
The median age of advisory firm associates is 42, while the median age of lead advisers is now 46 years, down from 50 as measured in 2015.
Rollover Mechanics and the Most Common Mistakes
Besides failing to invest the money within the IRS’s 60-day window—the most common mistake according to the experts—another frequent error impacts those who cash out of their workplace retirement plan.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

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