PLANSPONSOR September 2017

Alison Cooke Mintzer (photo by Chris Ramirez)

Inside Assumptions

In my last column (“Taking Responsibility,” PLANSPONSOR, July/August 2017), I wrote about the challenges our industry faces when narratives take hold that aren’t entirely true. My focus in that...

Gaining Insight

Everything we do today can be measured. For instance, I’m able to count the steps I take each day toward my fitness goal. But more importantly, I can take...
Art by Haejin Park

Annuities And Lifetime Retirement Income

Concerns about ensuring lifetime retirement income for employees have increased substantially over the years. We asked NewsDash readers, “Do you own an annuity, and do you think individuals can...

Future Flows of DC Assets

There has been growing industry discussion about flows in and out of retirement plans and how the impending retirement of Baby Boomers will drain dollars from defined contribution (DC)...
Art by David Han

Compliance Update

Summaries of the latest news from Washington and the courts—what’s coming, what’s contemplated and what’s critical for plan sponsors to know

Nonproprietary TDFs Gain Attention

Larger plans are taking the lead in moving away from proprietary TDFs, and research shows plan sponsors are also moving to CIT TDFs.

More Sponsors Turn To Cash Balance Plans

Small business continues driving cash balance growth, with 92% of cash balance plans in place at firms with fewer than 100 employees, research from Kravitz finds.
Art by Katherine Streeter

Helping With College Debt and Savings

Eighty percent of respondents from an IonTuition survey said they would like to work for a company that offers student loan repayment benefits, a 10% increase from 2015 findings.

Education Against Hardship Withdrawals

This time of year is a peak time for hardship withdrawal requests, providers say, and call center staff and provider websites can help educate participants about implications and other options.

TDF Fixed-Income Exposure

Greater exposure to higher-yielding corporate bonds can notably dampen a fixed-income allocation’s diversification benefits to equity investments.