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
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

PPL Corp. and Mass Brigham General Face ERISA Lawsuits

Imprudent investments and excessive fees were themes of lawsuits filed last week against retirement plan fiduciaries.

70% of Eligible Employees Have Joined California’s State-Run Retirement Program

Early evidence suggests the mandate for employers that don’t offer a retirement plan to join CalSavers is driving adoption of new plans.

Retirement Plan Advisers Might Help Lessen ERISA Lawsuits by Adding Defensive Provisions
Advisers can assist plan sponsors with mitigating and preventing claims for benefits and other Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims.
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