PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 2nd, 2020

PLANADVISER publishes the bulk of our news content online, but we are also proud to continue presenting our bimonthly print edition. Complementing our online news, the print edition contains extensive analysis of the most important industry events and market trends. We also present our own proprietary research and columns from leading ERISA attorneys. Find some of our latest “print coverage” linked below.

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Publisher's Note: A Team Approach
Our research team recently completed our annual PLANSPONSOR Recordkeeping Survey, in which we quantitatively report about recordkeepers’ products and services, as well as their total assets and overall client demographics. This research continues to turn up in industry-leading data about the provider marketplace. I still get a kick out of seeing it footnoted on TV commercials or in mainstream print ads when a provider states it is the biggest or has the most plans. Read more >
DOL Gives Private-Equity Guidance
 I’m a fiduciary adviser to Employee Retirement Income Security Act plans. I heard that the Department of Labor just provided guidance on private equity investments in 401(k) plans. What did it say? Read more >
Investment Advice Revisited
A new proposal introduces a broad exemption for advisers. Read more >
Prospecting in Turbulent Times
Surprisingly, it may be a good time to win new clients. Read more >
Retirement Savings Optimization
HSAs can be a game-changer for retirees—advisers need to tell their clients. Read more >
Investing Against COVID-19
The varying routes three fund managers take to fight the pandemic for investors. Read more >
The Virtue in ESG Factors
These investing strategies reveal a rare source of rapid growth. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

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

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.
Practice Management: Areas of Success

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

SECURE Act and CARES Act Still Demand Client Diligence

As an example, if a plan sponsor has not yet started tracking part-time employees to see whether they accumulate 500 hours of service in 2021, they should begin doing so immediately.

Why Annuities Are So Helpful in Today’s Market Environment

Thanks to increases in longevity and lower expected returns from stocks and bonds in the foreseeable future, annuities are now seen as a big part of the solution.

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