PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 24th, 2018
Defined benefit (DB) plans require much work and attention, especially regarding investments. Many DB plan sponsors are using a liability-driven investing approach to make sure the assets held for the plan match the liability of the benefits it needs to pay. However, DB plans need growth as well to improve their funded status. In this week’s edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend, we offer insights from various entities about improving investment performance and cost for DB plans.
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Lawsuit Challenges Benefit Cuts Under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act
Plaintiffs seek government compensation for participants “prevented from accessing their own financial property.”Read more >
Is the Risk-Matching Precision of SMAs Worth the Cost and Complexity?
Recent Vanguard research explores the defined benefit (DB) plan risk-matching precision behind separately managed accounts (SMAs) and whether other investment vehicles, including collective investment trusts (CITs) and mutual funds, can equate that effectiveness.Read more >
Institutional Investors Need to View ETFs Differently
Investors and broker-dealers should start treating exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as an asset class all their own, Kevin McPartland, with Greenwich Associates suggests.Read more >
Fees Negatively Correlated With Public Plans’ Ability to Meet Benchmarks
Alternative investments charge higher fees than traditional asset classes such as public equities and fixed income, and according to a study, these fees, in particular, may play a meaningful role in public plan underperformance.Read more >
PanAgora Suggests New Investing Strategy for Public DB Plans
“A cap-weighted strategy skews its way toward the largest stocks, but if plan sponsors own equities in a much more balanced way, it will help with stability,” says Bryan Belton, director, multi asset, at PanAgora Asset Management.Read more >
2021 DC Plan Benchmarking Survey
House Committee Approves Bill Aimed at Increasing Retirement Plan Coverage

Among other things, the RISE Act would encourage retirement savings by allowing plan sponsors to offer small financial incentives to motivate employee participation.

Working Past Age 65 May Seem Like a Great Idea …

… but the prospects may vary, based on education, race and gender, says CRR.

TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Residents of the Island of Misfit Toys
December 17, 2013 ( – Who/what were the residents on the Island of Misfit Toys in “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer?”
Employees Don’t Want ‘All or Nothing’ When It Comes to Guaranteed Lifetime Income

Eighty-one percent of respondents to a survey indicate they are at least somewhat likely to prefer a retirement plan that substitutes guaranteed income for safe investments such as bonds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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