PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 19th, 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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Economic Murkiness Won’t Soon Dissipate
One economist says there is so much noise in the data that it’s hard to assess where we are right now, let alone where things are going from a macroeconomic perspective. 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 >
Surprising Findings in Savings Analysis Suggest Salary Matters Less Than Assumed
A new analysis published by EBRI in collaboration with J.P. Morgan suggests a person’s spending habits, rather than their salary, seem to have the biggest influence on whether they are a low saver or an average saver. Read more >
How Coronavirus Has Impacted Investor 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 >
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 >
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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.
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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.
New Take on the 401(k)
Biden’s controversial retirement savings tax credit proposal.
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