PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 13th, 2020

Happy Friday, readers! The original topic planned for this edition of PLANADVISERweekend was an early 2020 compliance update. From action at the Supreme Court to new debates on Capitol Hill, a lot has happened so far this year. But with the dramatic ongoing market volatility, it seems appropriate to call an audible. Find below a collection of articles about the emergence of the first bear market in a decade—including some helpful tips and advice for worried participants facing an uncertain investment outlook. 

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Investors Should Treat Coronavirus Effect Same As Other Volatility
“Although the unfortunate reality is that volatility like this may be here to stay until the coronavirus runs its course, experience has proven time and time again that cool heads typically prevail,” analysts say. Read more >
Ongoing Volatility Projected by J.P. Morgan’s Guide to Retirement
Retirement investors have little choice but to stay the course; even backing away from the markets for a short period can prove detrimental to long-term returns. Read more >
Could Market Volatility (or Recession) Disrupt Record M&A Activity?
For some years now, advisory firm owners have enjoyed a sellers’ market that has spurred record merger and acquisition volumes. Read more >
401(k) Trading Spiked at End of February
As the markets tanked amid fears of a worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the last week of the month was among the busiest stretches in the 20 year-plus history of the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index. Read more >
Beyond the Daily Market Moves, Opportunity Awaits
Significant volatility will persist for the foreseeable future, experts agree, but the long-term return opportunity in the stock and bond markets remains strong. Read more >
Bear Markets Offer Annuity Education Opportunity
The U.S. stock market has entered bear market territory after its record bull run; one silver lining is the opportunity to educate people about annuities. Read more >
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Asset Managers Weigh In on DC Plan Investment Trends

They foresee growth in the use of CITs, retirement income products and ESG investments.

Moving From Words to Actions on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Adviser industry professionals tasked with addressing the serious lack of diversity and inclusion in their field say the events of the past few years have helped supercharge efforts to solve a longstanding problem.
The 2022 M&A Outlook: Bumper or Bust?
Experts foresee strong interest in retirement industry merger and acquisition deals continuing next year, but firms may have more difficulty securing top talent as the number of transactions mounts.
The 2022 Retirement Legislation Landscape Takes Shape

The SECURE Act became law at the very end of 2019, ushering in major changes for the retirement planning industry, and experts are again asking whether the close of 2021 could bring similar progress.

Succession Planning Marketplace Evolves
While plan advisers often discuss the importance of succession planning with plan participants or wealth management clients, they might need to follow their own advice when evaluating plans for their business.
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