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March 3rd, 2021

SEC Chair Gensler’s Confirmation Hearing Displays Parties’ Priorities

Democrats used Gary Gensler’s confirmation hearing to speak to issues of racial and wealth inequality exacerbated by the pandemic—which has killed more than 500,000 Americans and caused a surge in unemployment—while Republicans focused squarely on the potential of government overreach. Read more >
Even Top Financial Advisers Have Been Hurt by COVID-19
The study finds that even though only 37% of high performers reported an optimistic financial outlook last year, many are looking ahead to enhance the profitability of their practice in the coming year. Fifty percent of top advisers said adding new clients will be their top priority to enhance profitability. Read more >
2021 PLANSPONSOR Plan Adviser of the Year Nominations End This Week
Nominations for the 2021 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year awards may be made by plan sponsor clients, employers, brokers/dealers of eligible advisers, as well as from working partners of these advisers. Read more >
Some Say Union Revival Could Address Retirement Insecurity
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. now has the fifth lowest trade union density of the 36 member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Read more >
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Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others. Read more >
Pandemic Lessons: The Importance of the Savings Hierarchy
Sources agree that, without a solid foundation of advice about the ‘savings hierarchy,’ even successful investors can find themselves short of liquidity at critical times, most notably during emergencies. Read more >
Market Mirror
Industry Intel Roundup—Featured Webcasts
PLANADVISER is pleased to present the next edition of our Industry Intelligence roundup. This week, we are featuring webcasts sponsored by experienced providers in the industry. The content was created to educate, inform and offer ideas for plan sponsors regarding plan design, investing, administration and compliance.
SPONSORED BY: Franklin Templeton
Living Up to Plan Sponsor and Plan Participant Expectations
In this panel discussion, we will examine how the expectations of plan sponsors and participants are evolving—and what financial professionals must do to stay competitive. Key points that will be covered are: - How to compete with more sophisticated advisory firms and the impact of consolidation - Communicating your value proposition - Delivering personalization at scale (by leveraging technology and data)
2021 Practice Progress Series: SEPs, SIMPLEs and More: Growing a Practice With Smaller Clients
Many retirement plan specialist advisers spend the bulk of their time working on 401(k) plans, and potentially on 403(b)s and defined benefit (DB) pensions. However, such solutions are often best suited for mid- and large-sized employers, and, thus, it can be challenging for advisers to profitably and efficiently serve small business clients and sole proprietorships. This is where simplified employee pensions (SEPs) and savings incentive match plans for employees (SIMPLEs) come into play. This hourlong editorial-driven webinar will feature a panel of micro-market experts addressing the related topics of efficiently and profitably serving this end of the retirement planning market. We will cover the basics of SEPs, SIMPLEs and other savings arrangement, before exploring the many opportunities this client segment affords.
2021 Practice Progress Series: Evolution in the DCIO Provider Landscape
Marking its 10th anniversary in 2021, the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) Survey has been chronicling the slow but steady changes remaking this important marketplace. As our panelists will discuss during this hourlong editorial webinar, the evolution has been considerable. For example, the stable-value and insurance-based products that were common many decades ago now make up only 10% of the market, and nearly two-thirds (65%) of assets reside in asset-allocation or equity-based products. Among other trends, the panel will describe how this transformation was fueled by the explosive growth in access to mutual funds, which captured more than 70% of DC plan assets earlier this decade before falling to 56% in 2020. Attendees will also hear about what the panel expects to come next for DCIO providers, which face consolidation pressures and fee compression similar to many other parts of the investment industry.
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