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week ending August 14th, 2020
Despite the bounce back of the markets since March, interest rates are keeping defined benefit (DB) plan funded status down. The magnitude of funded status decreases depends on plans’ portfolio strategies and plan sponsors should consider new strategies to manage the ongoing volatility of the market. At a time when their businesses could be struggling financially as well, plan sponsors need guidance on how to cut costs. Portfolio and cost-cutting strategies need to be considered even if a plan is frozen. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend contains information to help DB plan sponsors with plan management. Have a great weekend!
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Administration
Lower Interest Rates Foil Market Rally Impact on DB Plan Funded Status
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.
DB Focus
Same but Different
Lessons on past market breaks, from seasoned bond investors.
Administration
How DB Plans Fare During Volatility Depends Greatly on Portfolio Allocation
Depending on asset allocation, some plans have fared better than others, but the majority are down for the year.
Investing
Rethinking Portfolio Strategies for DB Plans
What strategies should plan sponsors consider for reaching their goals in the new market environment?
DB Focus
Blight Resistant
Private equity is a bright spot for investors at this time.
Administration
Forty Percent of DB Plans Could Adopt Strategies to Lower PBGC Premiums
Strategies regarding timing and recording of pension contributions translate to millions of dollars in lower PBGC premiums, according to a report from October Three.
Administration
Frozen DB Plans Still Require Much Attention
There is nearly as much work to do when a DB plan is frozen as when it’s open, and ignoring it could come at great cost.
Popular Reads
Research
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Deals and People
Empower to Acquire Prudential's Full-Service Retirement Business
The company says it expects the acquisition to benefit retirement plan participants, and, by leveraging new capabilities from its 2020 acquisition of Personal Capital, it will offer a personalized digital experience 
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Benefits
Giving Employees the Financial Wellness Help They Want
Offering an array of benefits—addressing both physical and financial wellness—and implementing personalized experiences will set employees up with what they need.
Deals and People
Prudential Acquisition Aimed at Improving Participant Experience
Empower CEO Ed Murphy says the Prudential recordkeeping team has tremendous bench strength.
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