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
DOL Finalizes Rule Opening Door to ESG Investing in Retirement Plans

The DOL announced a final rule that retirement plan fiduciaries can consider climate change and other ESG factors when selecting investments.

Plan Advisers Value Trustworthiness, “Personal” Touch from DC Recordkeepers

Retirement plan advisers respond to DC recordkeepers that are present, active, and trusted partners, according to an annual Cogent Syndicated brand survey.

A Reminder to Avoid Fraudulent Hardship Withdrawals

An individual in Ohio was recently indicted by a grand jury on charges that he fraudulently claimed the assets he withdrew from his retirement account would be used to purchase a primary residence and to pay medical expenses.

Advisers Get Long-Awaited Clarity on ESG in Retirement Plans

DOL's final rule clears regulatory hurdles for retirement plan fiduciaries to implement, or ignore, ESG investing.

Financial Firms Looking to HBCUs, “Pipeline” Programs to Bolster Diversity

Two new programs focus on advancing diversity in the financial management space by working with historically black colleges and students.

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