PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 3rd, 2020

Happy Friday, readers, and a happy New Year! Thank you for reading the first edition of PLANADVISERweekend published in 2020. This year, each Friday, PLANADVISER will bring you the most popular articles published in recent weeks, curated by theme. The first Friday of the month will focus on Practice Management; second Friday, Investing; the third Friday of each month we will bring you articles focused on Client Service; and the fourth Friday will be focused on Health Care and Other Benefits. Five Fridays in a month happens only quarterly, but that week our topic will be Rollovers.

Editor's choice
To Surmount the Gender Gap
The financial adviser management industry has a well-known gender gap. In 2018, of the 537,000 financial advisers accounted for by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey (CPS), 33.5% were women. Read more >
2019—the Year of Mergers and Acquisitions
Wells Fargo, PSC, Aspire, Charles Schwab, Hub International, CAPTRUST and many other firms have been involved in significant merger and acquisition activity this year. Read more >
A New Way to Think About Building a Retirement Planning Practice
What is your closing rate for 401(k) plans? Have you tried offering simpler solutions? Read more >
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 >
PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
Of note this year was an increase in the number of advisers stating they are registered investment advisers (RIAs) only. Read more >
Facts You Haven’t Learned About HSAs
One overlooked benefit of HSAs is that people can actually spend money on qualified health care expenses out of pocket and then reimburse themselves tax-free via the HSA once they enter retirement.  Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.
Retirement Industry Cheers New ‘Securing a Strong Retirement Act’

The bipartisan piece of legislation includes provisions that have long been popular among retirement industry stakeholders, including the elimination of barriers to allow greater use of lifetime income products.

Gen X Facing the Stark Reality of Retirement

More than any other generation, its members are receptive to in-plan guarantees.

IRS Announces Contribution and Benefit Limits for 2021

The limit on contributions by employees who participate in 401(k)s, 403(b)s and most 457 plans remains unchanged at $19,500.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
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