PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 21st, 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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The Future of Emergency Savings Post-COVID
It took a catastrophic global event to demonstrate how ill-prepared many Americans are for even a brief interruption of income—including many people high up on the income scale. Read more >
Planning for Clients’ Health Care Expenses in Event of a Layoff
Mark Waterstraat, president of consumer solutions at Alegeus, offers simple steps to coach clients through managing their health care finances after a layoff. For example, did you know that individuals can use HSA funds to pay COBRA premiums tax-free? 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 >
In Times of Stress, Timely Communications Make a Big Difference
New data shows the education and guidance firms are providing is helping individuals to stay the course. Read more >
‘Lifestyle Benefits’ Suddenly Seem Excessive Amid Economic Crunch
Heading into the coronavirus pandemic, employers were innovating and expanding their ancillary benefits for employees. Read more >
Prepare to Meet the Needs of the Workforce of the Future
The way in which companies structure their remotely distributed workforces will depend on the financial consequences of the pandemic, the impact on corporate culture and other factors, such as the prevalence of gig work. Read more >
Simple Steps Toward Retirement Certainty in Uncertain Times
Many people don’t know as much as they should about retirement and investments. There is no time like the present to learn. 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 Strong Appetite for ‘SECURE Act 2.0’ in Congress

One retirement plan industry executive says his conversations with members of the U.S. House and Senate make him optimistic that Congress could act sooner rather than later on the new legislation.

What Biden’s Win Means for Retirement Plans

Experts say the president-elect could start the process of shoring up Social Security and embrace ESG investing.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Retirement Industry People Moves

Strategic Development VP joins Pentegra; PCS Retirement adds new hires to marketing department; TIAA president and CEO announces retirement; and more.

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