PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 24th, 2020

Another week of unexpected challenges has passed and the retirement plan industry continues its efforts to respond to the demands of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Collected below are some recent PLANADVISER stories detailing the key actions of governments, advisers and providers as they seek to ease the economic pain. We hope you find some of what you read helpful and consider sharing with a client or colleague during this challenging time. Stay well!

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Bear Markets, Pandemics and ESG Portfolios
Investment managers say evidence is already mounting to show an outperformance of ESG-themed portfolios during the coronavirus pandemic. Might that help their popularity in the U.S.? Read more >
How Coronavirus Has Impacted Retirement Confidence
Data collected immediately before the pandemic shows retirement confidence was about as high as it’s ever been; more recent data shows that’s still the case, though shorter term worries are ballooning. Read more >
Social Security Reports Comparable Projections from 2019
However, the estimates do not reflect the potential outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Social Security Board of Trustees.  Read more >
Investors Fled to Stable Value, Money Markets in March
Stable value funds took in 64% of the inflows and money market funds, 24%, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index. Read more >
Nontraditional Workers Face Big Setbacks Amid COVID-19
But retirement industry professionals can find ways to help improve their situations. Read more >
Providers’ Responses to COVID-19
Retirement plan recordkeepers have announced fee cuts, service expansions and more. 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.
2020 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
New Take on the 401(k)
Biden’s controversial retirement savings tax credit proposal.
Part Art, Part Science: Managed Account Due Diligence

A managed account program’s fees can be cut in half if it’s selected as a retirement plan’s default investment, although cost is just one of many important due diligence factors. 

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