PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 14th, 2017
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! While we once considered whether health savings accounts (HSAs) would follow the movement of 401(k)s, an analysis shows this isn’t happening so far. Other studies report that retirement plan participants who take lump-sums often spend them too fast, and more folks are planning to rely on Social Security as a primary source of income in retirement. On the legal front, Schwab attorneys have asked a court to compel arbitration of self-dealing claims, and Fujitsu has failed to get its excessive fee suit dismissed. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend.
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Benefits
HSA Market Trends Differ From Those in DC Space
The presence and generosity of employer contributions to health savings accounts only make a slight impact on the enrollment rate, for example. Read more >
Investing
Better Lump Sum Info Boosts Plan Participant Outcomes
According to MetLife’s “Paycheck or Pot of Gold Study,” of the individuals who took a lump sum from a retirement plan, 21% say at some point they depleted it­—taking just five and a half years on average to spend the dough. Read more >
Data and Research
Social Security a Bigger Part of Boomers' Retirement Income Plans
Prior to the recession, 43% of middle-income Boomers planned on primarily relying on personal savings in retirement, compared to 34% now. Read more >
Compliance
Court Asked to Compel Arbitration of Schwab Self-Dealing Suit
According to the motion filed by attorneys, the fact that the plaintiff’s claims are brought pursuant to ERISA’s civil enforcement provisions does not in any way impede or limit the application of the arbitration provisions contained in the plan document. Read more >
Compliance
Fujitsu’s Motions to Dismiss 401(k) Excessive Fee Suit Denied
U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found plaintiffs in a 401(k) excessive fee case against Fujitsu Technology and Business of America adequately pled the causes of action for breach of fiduciary duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Read more >
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SECURE Act Passes House, Bringing Calls for Senate Collaboration

Reflecting on the much-anticipated House vote, Kevin Walsh, principal with Groom Law Group, said today is an important day for the retirement industry, but it’s not the end of the story.

J.P. Morgan Agrees to Settle Stable Value Funds Suit

The firm has agreed to pay $75 million to settle litigation brought by multiple retirement plan participants alleging J.P. Morgan invested its stable value funds in risky assets.

Individuals, Employers and Government All Play a Part in Retirement Readiness

A new research report and Catherine Collinson, with Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, lay out steps all three can take to improve retirement confidence and readiness in America.

Participant Loans: A Fiduciary Storm Brewing?
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What to Know About Financial Audits Filed with Form 5500s
Plan sponsors required to file a financial audit along with their Form 5500 should know how regulators use the information and how to pick the best auditor.

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

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