Coronavirus (COVID-19) personal financial planning resources
Good health for you, your loved ones, and your clients is paramount now and getting your clients comfortable with their finances is likely a close second. It is understandable that even your most well-educated clients who comprehend their long-term plan and its purpose to meet their most cherished goals is feeling a bit unnerved. They are fortunate to have you there to listen to their concerns and to help them feel more at ease that they will meet their goals.
Use these PFP Section, legislative and regulatory updates and other AICPA resources to help you stay current, communicate with your clients and reinforce your role as trusted adviser during this time of uncertainty.
Also, make sure you know the latest by accessing other topical resource pages dedicated to:
On-demand planning strategies and more
Volume 2 of The Adviser’s Guide to Financial and Estate Planning, 10th Ed. – Steve Siegel and Sid Kess
Education planning how-to’s in a COVID world – Ross Riskin
How to help clients make good decisions in times of transition –Lyle Benson and Susan Bradley
Tips to help your clients identify fraud during COVID-19 – Erin Scheithe
Volume 1 of The Adviser’s Guide to Financial and Estate Planning, 10th Ed. – Steve Siegel and Sid Kess
How to deepen client relationships during the pandemic – Lyle Benson
How to generate cash flow utilizing NOL relief under the CARES Act – Bob Keebler and Chris Hesse
Webcast: Estate planning amid COVID-19 – Martin Shenkman, Jonathan Blattmachr and Robert Keebler
How to help clients who are considering bankruptcy – Bob Keebler and Ken DeGraw
Bond tax planning in today’s environment – Bob Keebler and Mark Fichtenbaum
Webcast: Financial planning guidance for CPAs in the wake of COVID-19 – Martin Shenkman, Susan Bruno, and Lisa Featherngill
To Roth or not to Roth in the current environment – Bob Keebler
Required minimum distributions under the CARES Act – Bob Keebler and Ed Slott
Financial planning during the global pandemic – Lyle Benson
Connecting with clients in the current environment – Martin Shenkman
Important estate planning considerations amid COVID-19 – Martin Shenkman
Webcast: Understanding market implications and bringing calm amid chaos – with Lyle Benson, Susan Tillery, Scott Sprinkle, Dave Stolz and Sue Stevens
Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Bob Keebler and Chris Hesse
Tax planning strategies for estates of recent decedents – Bob Keebler
How to bullet proof your investment portfolio – Bob Keebler and Dave Stolz
Finding (and being) calm amid the chaos – Susan Tillery and Dave Stolz
For more COVID-19 podcasts/webcasts, visit the COVID-19 learning library.
Note that Broadridge client alerts are meant to be general education versus personalized advice and, as with all other resources, it is up to your professional judgment whether these are appropriate for your clients.
Broadridge client alert warns investors about the risks of speculating on a COVID cure.
Broadridge client alert explains why it's important for investors to use relevant benchmarks when assessing portfolio performance.
Broadridge client alert explains how understanding common biases may help investors avoid making questionable decisions in the heat of the financial moment.
Broadridge client alert explains different relief programs available for small businesses.
Broadridge client alert highlights how investors may be able to reap some benefit from a down market.
Broadridge client alert warns clients to beware of coronavirus scams.
Broadridge client alert explains special provisions for coronavirus-related retirement plan distributions and loans, as well as the suspension of certain required minimum distributions for 2020.
Broadridge client alert explains expanded student loan relief through the CARES Act
Broadridge client alert explains the highlights of the CARES Act to clients
PFP Section members can visit Broadridge Advisor for more alerts and content to help clients
Bob Veres compilation of best messages from his subscribers to their clients
Resources for you and your practice
SEC provides FAQs which address funds distributed and the impact to advisers affected by COVID-19
The SEC recently posted questions and answers that address various ways in which advisers affected by COVID-19 may need to take action. This includes regulatory reporting obligations under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (see Question II.4) stating that “if the circumstances leading you to seek a PPP loan or other type of financial assistance constitute material facts relating to your advisory relationship with clients, it is the staff’s view that your firm should provide disclosure of, for example, the nature, amounts and effects of such assistance.”
The SBA requires a “good faith” certification that “the uncertainty of current economic conditions makes necessary the loan request to support the ongoing operations of the [firm].”
Businesses that, together with their affiliates, accepted funds of less than $2 million will be assumed to have performed the required certification concerning the necessity of their loan requests in good faith, according to guidance posted by the SBA (see question 46).
Some RIA’s chose to return the loan by the due date of May 18th since they are continuing to accrue fees regardless of the current economic conditions and others have done so due to concerns about disclosure. We encourage you to seek personalized guidance from your compliance professional to help you make decisions on this matter.