Firms that monitor DB plan funded status say it is uncertain whether Congress will offer additional funding relief; many plans will likely face lower funded status in 2020.
Strategies regarding timing and recording of pension contributions translate to millions of dollars in lower PBGC premiums, according to a report from October Three.
Depending on asset allocation, some plans have fared better than others, but the majority are down for the year.
Remote work is expected to lead to more attacks on retirement plan accounts, but there are an increasing number of measures to handle the threat.
The pandemic has highlighted the need for plan sponsors to actively encourage revised beneficiary designations and have missing participant procedures in place.
With account values down, income tax on amounts converted will be lower, if participants have the money to pay them.
Markets are rebounding, but discount rates used to measure liabilities are falling, and pension consultants wonder if pending legislation will provide funding relief for plan sponsors.
Directors with state-run plans in California and Illinois discussed details of their programs and changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The benefits of keeping assets in the plan should be communicated to retirees, and plan sponsors should adjust design to accommodate income strategies.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have plan sponsors contemplating what to do about scheduled re-enrollments, the (RFP) process and fund mapping during recordkeeper conversions.
Plan sponsors can show compassion for their recordkeepers, while at the same time ensuring their plans are operating smoothly.