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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$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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.
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