PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 20th, 2020

Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers! Coming on the third Friday of the month, this weekend’s mailing is dedicated to the timely and evolving topic of financial wellness. While the topic has been an important focal point for several years now in the retirement plan advisory space, the coronavirus pandemic has cast an entirely new light on the concept of financial wellness. Simply put, the virus has exposed financial fractures and weak points impacting individuals across the income spectrum, putting the onus on advisers to help people create a sense of stability and confidence about their short-term finances.

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Can Fixed and Variable Annuities Go Together?
Investing experts say smartly pairing the two types of annuities with other investments in a retirement portfolio can deliver significantly more income compared with a traditional withdrawal strategy. Read more >
Health Savings Account Basics
One notable feature is that account holders can deduct from their own income the amount of HSA contributions made to their account by other people—but not the employer. Read more >
The Financial Services Industry Can Help Tackle Economic Inequality
Each U.S. household in the bottom half of the wealth distribution has only $20,000 of net worth, on average, a figure that represents less than 0.1% of those at the very top. Helping more people to own homes and to invest even modestly in the stock market are seen as critical steps to closing that gap. Read more >
Financial Wellness in the Age of Pandemics
Pandemics are not only a public health crisis, but also a crisis of employee confidence. Tech-savvy advisers and employers can help. Read more >
Getting Income Projections Right
Retirement industry practitioners support the provision of mandatory lifetime income disclosures to plan participants, but they also emphasize the importance of broader income conversations and education. Read more >
Four Things to Know About Changes to Employer Contributions
Advisers can play an important role in helping plan sponsors understand the options available to them, as well as the impact of making certain plan changes. Read more >
Plan Advisers Have a Role to Play in Teaching Participants About Taxes in Retirement
Participants can make the right decisions about how to save and taking distributions in retirement when they understand taxation. Read more >
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Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

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.
Practice Management: Areas of Success

A look at what worked particularly well in 2020 and that could keep propelling growth in 2021.

Lockton and Norton Healthcare Agree to Pay $5.75M ERISA Settlement

A newly filed settlement agreement stipulates that Norton Healthcare and Lockton will each pay half of a total settlement of $5.75 million, which will be used to compensate plan participants who invested in overly expensive share classes.

SEC Chair Nominee Gensler Faces Senate Scrutiny Tuesday

In his prepared remarks, Gary Gensler calls the U.S. securities markets the ‘finest in the world,’ while emphasizing the need for ‘clear rules of the road and a cop on the beat to enforce them.’

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