PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 13th, 2018

Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week we focus on financial wellness and participant education. Two surveys find retirement plan participants need reminding of certain factors to include in their retirement planning—for example, longevity, long-term care, income planning and Social Security optimization. In addition, pre-retirees need help adjusting portfolios to mitigate market volatility risks prior to retiring. Sources speak about how to create an effective financial education solution. And, Prudential has introduced a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa to help participants easily receive account information. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!

Editor's choice
Data and Research
Participants’ Optimism Parallels Lack of Specific Planning
While there is strong optimism concerning the equity markets and long-term growth, there is also a lack of specific planning on the key topics of income planning, Social Security optimization, health care costs and more. Read more >
Investing
Pre-Retirees Seemingly Unaware of What Market Volatility Can Do to Savings
Nearly six in ten pre-retirees and 32% of retirees describe their primary investment strategy as focused on either “aggressive growth” or “moderate growth;” a MassMutual survey finds. Read more >
Benefits
One-Size-Fits-All Financial Education Missing the Mark
Programs need to be individualized and include financial coaching. Read more >
Data and Research
Study Shows Low Level of Financial Literacy Among Americans
“Low levels of financial literacy—not only [among] the young but also people close to retirement—show we need to step up the effort to promote financial knowledge across the entire population,” says Annamaria Lusardi with the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
IRS Announces 2019 HSA Contribution Limits

For an individual with family coverage, the 2019 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit is $7,000, up from the recently reset $6,900 limit for 2018.

4% Rule Not a Reliable Retirement Income Withdrawal Strategy for All People
A retiree’s investment portfolio is a large factor in determining an optimal, safe withdrawal rate in retirement, but longevity, expected spending and whether guaranteed retirement income is available plays a part as well.
Lawsuit Argues MetLife Pension Calculations Use Outdated Mortality Table

A newly filed complaint takes issue with the way MetLife calculates the actuarial equivalence of different types of annuity benefit options available in the firm’s pension plan.

401(k) Plan Sponsors Enhancing Plan Design

The availability of Roth contributions has doubled in the last decade, and more plan sponsors are using a default deferral rate with automatic enrollment that is higher than 3%, a Plan Sponsor Council of America survey found.

Financially Well Employees Buoy the Bottom Line

According to John Hancock data, helping employees reduce their financial worries is well worth employer’s time and attention.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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