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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Why Small Business Owners Often Resist 401(k)s

Two of the reasons most commonly cited by small business owners for not offering a retirement plan are the beliefs that their business is too small to qualify and that they can’t afford a match.

'Massive' Fraud Charges Trigger Allianz Global Investors U.S. Sale to Voya

The SEC says the charges and settlement show even the most sophisticated institutional investors, like pension funds, can become victims of wrongdoing.

What Exactly Is Driving the Great Resignation?

Panelists at EBRI’s Spring Policy Forum discussed how various demographic groups tend to reenter the labor force, how workers are supporting themselves if they choose not to return and various other factors impacting labor force participation in 2022. 

John Hancock Defeats ERISA Foreign Tax Credit Lawsuit

Though the court previously allowed class certification in the case, a new order firmly rejects the plaintiffs’ arguments that they were entitled to certain foreign tax rebates generated by group variable annuity contracts they had signed.

Retirement Industry People Moves

Smart hires group sustainability director; SageView adds government and public sector retirement plan expert; and Adviser Group adds business strategies and compliance expert.

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