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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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.
A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
ERISA Excessive Fee, Self-Dealing Suit Targets MEP

Pentegra Retirement Services and other plan fiduciaries are accused of failing to make sure fees are reasonable and acting in Pentegra’s, not plan participants', interest.

PANC 2020: Is It Time to Re-evaluate TDFs?

There are a variety of TDF solutions to meet participants needs, so when should a custom solution be considered, and how do advisers evaluate TDFs in an unprecedented year for the markets?

PANC 2020: Best Practices for Virtual Meetings—and Avoiding Zoom Fatigue

Content, surroundings and technology preparation are important for creating client and committee meetings that keep everyone engaged.

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