The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act single-handedly upended many long-standing retirement rules when it became effective on January 1, 2020. Shockingly, the SECURE Act was pushed to the back burner when all the world was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Only three months after SECURE was introduced to the American public, a second and equally enormous piece of legislation was passed – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

How will history remember 2020? That is yet to be written and out of our control. How will your clients remember you and the actions you took during these trying times? It is said that crisis does not build character—it reveals it. Leading financial advisors, those who take the reins during one of the most uncertain and difficult periods in American history, need to be knowledgeable about both the SECURE and CARES Acts. As a leader, you must proactively communicate, educate and guide your clients through the morass. Here is what you need to know: