PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 27th, 2020

Even just a few weeks ago it would have been a stretch to imagine that the U.S. Congress would soon be passing the largest single economic stimulus package in the nation’s history. Fast forward to the end of March 2020 and the federal government is in the process of rolling out a $2 trillion relief package, and not a moment too soon. Single week unemployment claims jumped to well above 3 million, a figure that dwarfs the worst weeks of the Great Recession. Find below what we hope will be helpful insight and analysis of what comes next.

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Congress Moves Ahead on Major Stimulus
Wayne Chopus, president and CEO of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and a close follower of the happenings in Washington, says the stimulus package includes many other forms of much-needed economic assistance that will hopefully help to blunt the impact on workers’ retirement planning success.   Read more >
How to Run a Remote Advisory Firm
‘This is likely the moment we will become full-time remote and never go back,’ one adviser says. ‘The challenge will be maintaining camaraderie.’ Read more >
Responding to Coronavirus, SEC Eases Certain Fund and Adviser Requirements
While in-person participation is an important part of the financial system regulated by the SEC, the virus is forcing market makers to significantly adjust their operations. Read more >
News Reports: Treasury Wants to See Money Market Fund Guarantee
Media outlets suggest one of the federal government’s responses to the coronavirus outbreak will be to temporarily guarantee money market funds—mirroring what proved to be an important policy decision made during the Great Recession. Read more >
Could Market Volatility (or Recession) Disrupt Record M&A Activity?
For some years now, advisory firm owners have enjoyed a sellers’ market that has spurred record merger and acquisition volumes. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.

NFP Named as Defendant in Parallel Molina Healthcare ERISA Suit

The plaintiffs in the suit, who have already sued their plan sponsor, are now bringing a service provider into the litigation.

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.

Barnabas Health Latest to Settle ERISA Suit

A settlement has been struck in an ERISA lawsuit involving the New Jersey-based health care provider a little more than a year after a judge allowed the case to proceed past the defense’s motion to dismiss.

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