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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With Prudential Acquisition, Empower Aims for Growth Up to 3x Faster Than Other Recordkeepers

The CEO of the nation’s No. 2 recordkeeper says Empower’s focus will continue to be on a best-in-class user experience.

Empower to Acquire Full-Service Retirement Business of Prudential

Empower will acquire Prudential’s DC, DB, non-qualified and rollover IRA business, in addition to its stable value and separate account investment products and platforms.

ProNvest Launches Fintech Platform

It can cull data for advisers, banks, credit unions, insurance firms and other institutions to give an overview of a person’s defined contribution plan holdings.

Talking Scale With Voya, Sterling Resources Leaders

Over the past decade, the universe of retirement plan recordkeepers has contracted from about 400 to approximately 150, with no signs of slowing. Experts say one lesson learned in this time is that not all scale is created equal.

‘Secure Act 2.0’ Likely to Become a Reality

Retirement Plan Execs Confident Senate Will Pass the Bill Into Law

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