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Living Up to Plan Sponsor and Plan Participant Expectations

Living Up to Plan Sponsor and Plan Participant Expectations

In this panel discussion, we will examine how the expectations of plan sponsors and participants are evolving—and what financial professionals must do to stay competitive. Key points that will be covered are:

– How to compete with more sophisticated advisory firms and the impact of consolidation
– Communicating your value proposition
– Delivering personalization at scale (by leveraging technology and data)

2021 Practice Progress Series: SEPs, SIMPLEs and More: Growing a Practice With Smaller Clients

2021 Practice Progress Series: SEPs, SIMPLEs and More: Growing a Practice With Smaller Clients

Many retirement plan specialist advisers spend the bulk of their time working on 401(k) plans, and potentially on 403(b)s and defined benefit (DB) pensions. However, such solutions are often best suited for mid- and large-sized employers, and, thus, it can be challenging for advisers to profitably and efficiently serve small business clients and sole proprietorships. This is where simplified employee pensions (SEPs) and savings incentive match plans for employees (SIMPLEs) come into play.
This hourlong editorial-driven webinar will feature a panel of micro-market experts addressing the related topics of efficiently and profitably serving this end of the retirement planning market. We will cover the basics of SEPs, SIMPLEs and other savings arrangement, before exploring the many opportunities this client segment affords.

2021 Practice Progress Series: Evolution in the DCIO Provider Landscape

2021 Practice Progress Series: Evolution in the DCIO Provider Landscape

Marking its 10th anniversary in 2021, the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) Survey has been chronicling the slow but steady changes remaking this important marketplace. As our panelists will discuss during this hourlong editorial webinar, the evolution has been considerable. For example, the stable-value and insurance-based products that were common many decades ago now make up only 10% of the market, and nearly two-thirds (65%) of assets reside in asset-allocation or equity-based products.
Among other trends, the panel will describe how this transformation was fueled by the explosive growth in access to mutual funds, which captured more than 70% of DC plan assets earlier this decade before falling to 56% in 2020. Attendees will also hear about what the panel expects to come next for DCIO providers, which face consolidation pressures and fee compression similar to many other parts of the investment industry.

The Growth of Personalization in Retirement Plans: Product vs Solution

The Growth of Personalization in Retirement Plans: Product vs Solution

Products have not had strong traction in the retirement space, mainly because they don’t meet the needs or expectations of plan participants. Furthermore, with a lack of innovation since the rollout of target date funds, plan participants are seeking a more solutions-based approach. This webinar is geared for those financial professionals that are seeking to learn more about the future of personalization, retirement income and participant education.

2021 Practice Progress Series: Succession Planning—and How to Retire as an Adviser

2021 Practice Progress Series: Succession Planning—and How to Retire as an Adviser

Financial advisers focused on serving retirement plans and individual retirement account (IRA) owners are used to talking about the financial transition their clients will eventually make, from earning a steady income to living off of accumulated assets and investments. For any number of reasons, there is much less attention paid to advisers’ own long-term financial futures, and, indeed, many advisers nearing the traditional retirement age have yet to seriously plan their next step. Many know their business is valuable, but extracting that value is another question, and so is the issue of what happens to clients.
This hourlong editorial webinar will bring together speakers who are experienced in this challenging topic. The panel will address the succession planning topic from start to finish—covering the process of valuing an established firm, finding a potential internal or external successor, and then exiting the business.

Financial Wellness: Voice of the American Worker

Financial Wellness: Voice of the American Worker

Staggering statistics show the average American worker is struggling with their financial health, thus impacting their overall well-being and productivity at work. Employers are embracing the challenge of improving their employee’s total wellbeing by seeking ways to become the financial epicenter for their staff. In this panel webinar discussion, we will explore the shifting benefits ecosystem from different perspectives – with both in-plan and out-of-plan experience. In addition, we will share how technology is enabling and accelerating personalized financial wellness at the goal level and the implications for the future of retirement plan advisors.

2021 Practice Progress Series: ESG and Corporate Social Responsibility

2021 Practice Progress Series: ESG and Corporate Social Responsibility

Many industry experts believe the Biden administration will try to increase support for the use of environmental, social and governance (ESG)-themed investments, including by tax-qualified retirement plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). At the same time, investment managers and index providers are holding companies to greater account for a lack of diversity and inclusion on boards and in senior management positions. There is also growing demand for greater disclosures of environmental impact data by private and publicly traded companies alike.
This hourlong editorial webinar will feature a panel of ESG experts discussing the current and future state of ESG investing, both inside and outside ERISA plans. Particular attention will be paid to the regulatory environment, as well as the potential to pursue greater investment returns by seeking out companies with higher ESG ratings.

2021 Practice Progress Series: Artificial Intelligence and Financial Advice

2021 Practice Progress Series: Artificial Intelligence and Financial Advice

It is hard to overstate the enthusiasm with which many experts speak about the prospects presented by machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), both to impact peoples’ daily lives and to remake many parts of the global economy. That said, many of the concepts involved in discussing AI are highly technical and more than a bit esoteric, leaving some to wonder just what all the fuss is about.
This hourlong editorial-driven webinar will explore some of the key concepts, possibilities and predictions commonly discussed by AI experts. Panelists will discuss the general economic impacts that could be coming in the next several years and decades, while also offering a closer look at how the work of plan advisers and wealth managers could be directly impacted.

2021 Practice Progress Series: College Savings and Student Debt: 529 Plans, Student Loans and Financial Wellness

2021 Practice Progress Series: College Savings and Student Debt: 529 Plans, Student Loans and Financial Wellness

Sources say the aggregate amount of student loan debt carried by workers in the U.S. has now exceeded the amount of credit card debt. Though for some, student loans represent “good debt,” others are being financially drained by unattainable monthly payments, making the goal of saving for retirement or a home purchase seem like a pipe dream.
This hourlong editorial webinar will focus on employee financial wellness and, specifically, on planning for education expenses through 529 college savings plans. Budgeting and debt management will also be considered, as will the “hierarchy of savings.”

2021 Practice Progress Series: When and How to Return to the Office

2021 Practice Progress Series: When and How to Return to the Office

Given the importance of close client connections and the traditional travel-heavy, in-person approach to doing business, retirement plan advisers faced a particularly challenging year in 2020. Many firms responded to the pandemic by embracing a totally new way of doing things, using more remote meetings and digital tools than ever before. Recognizing savings on travel and office space, some have said the new model could be here to stay.
This hourlong editorial webinar will examine whether, when and how advisory practices may return to the “normal” way of doing things. Panelists will consider how the role of office space has changed, what digital tools and solutions have proven most effective, and how client expectations have shifted. There will also be a focus on the latest pandemic updates, including the progress being made in terms of vaccinations and other public health efforts.

Social Security Planning Is Still Complicated

Social Security Planning Is Still Complicated

Learn more about how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted retirement planning, specifically focusing on tax efficient withdrawal and Social Security claiming strategies. Join Ron Cohen from Wells Fargo Asset Management as he talks with retirement income experts William Meyer and Sean Murray, CFA, both of Social Security Solutions, Inc.

Washington Update With ERISA Expert Brad Campbell

Washington Update With ERISA Expert Brad Campbell

Join us for a unique discussion with top ERISA [Employee Retirement Income Security Act] attorney and the former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Brad Campbell, who will update us on industry trends including: Anticipated policy differences in retirement and financial regulations; the Department of Labor (DOL)’s Fiduciary Rule 3.0; the new rule on selecting environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments; the new safe harbor for electronic disclosure to participants and setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act guidance and regulations to come.

Creating Financial Wellness Programs in a Post-Pandemic World

Creating Financial Wellness Programs in a Post-Pandemic World

COVID-19 has created not just one, but two global pandemics. Financial stress—aggravated by COVID-19—is currently the leading cause of lost productivity, unplanned absences and low job performance among workers. Offering a comprehensive financial wellness package with the right mix of benefits can support employees’ emotional and physical health, thereby alleviating anxiety and driving productivity.

Evolving the DC Experience for Pandemic-Pinched Participants

Evolving the DC Experience for Pandemic-Pinched Participants

While the coronavirus crisis has put the squeeze on existing stressors, most participants are endeavoring to stay the course when it comes to retirement, as highlighted in State Street’s 2020 Global Retirement Reality Report.

2020 PLANADVISER Webinar Series: Practice Progress

2020 PLANADVISER Webinar Series: Practice Progress

PLANADVISER’s Practice Progress monthly webinar series is designed to help advisers tackle the ongoing challenges of managing their practices, with the goal of improving outcomes for team members, plan sponsor clients and participants alike. Each month, the editors of PLANADVISER will bring together trusted industry experts to discuss practice management, client service, compliance, investments and much more. Join us as we help you move your practice forward.