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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Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

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

Practice Management: Areas of Success

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

The Inside Take: CAPTRUST’s Cammack Acquisition

With the acquisition of Cammack’s $154 billion book of business, CAPTRUST now reports assets in excess of $600 billion; one leader at the firm says the growth is nowhere near finished.

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.
NFP Named in ERISA Lawsuit Alongside Plan Sponsor

Much of the text of the complaint is dedicated to detailing the reduction in the average fees paid by large U.S. retirement plans for both investments and administrative services.

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