PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 6th, 2018

Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers. This week’s edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend focuses on plan design and administration. We covered news that private higher education plan sponsors in Virginia are moving to a new model for their 403(b) plans. Industry sources offer insights on maintaining a top notch call center and on enhancing retirement plan design beyond automatic plan features. Josh Cohen, head of defined contribution at PGIM, the investment management wing of Prudential Financial, offers strategies for boosting participant outcomes, and attorneys from Groom Law Group, Chartered, discuss out-of-bankruptcy distress terminations as an option for unaffordable pension plans.

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Administration
Private Higher Education 403(b) Plan Sponsors to Join MEP
Fourteen Virginia private colleges are planning to join a newly created multiple employer plan (MEP) with the expectation of reducing their administrative burdens and cutting costs while helping employees prepare for retirement. Read more >
Administration
Maintaining a Top Notch Call Center
Compliance concerns, lengthy wait times, incorrect information. These are only the more recognized complications when assessing call centers, so how can plan sponsors and providers offer dependable—and reliable—material to participants? Read more >
Administration
Retirement Program Designs of the Future: Beyond Automatic Plan Features
As retirement plan sponsors focus on increasing retirement income replacement ratios for participants and new generations enter the workforce, they need to look at enhancing their retirement programs so participant retirement goals are met. Read more >
Administration
PGIM DC Leader Urges Aggressive Plan Design, Sponsor Courage
Drawing insights from across the entire Prudential Financial organization, Josh Cohen, PGIM head of defined contribution, offers some sobering statistics about the performance of DC plans—as well as some strategies for broadly boosting plan performance and participant outcomes. Read more >
Industry Voices
Options for Unaffordable Pensions: Out-of-Bankruptcy Distress Terminations
A distress termination may be a viable option for financially challenged employers that need pension funding relief but want to avoid bankruptcy. 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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