PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 31st, 2018

Defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors have a fiduciary duty when it comes to selecting and monitoring the investment choices they offer in their plans’ fund menus. They must understand how market conditions affect the types of investments they are offering. They have to make decisions about active versus passive investment options, and keep in mind the costs of investments while making what is best for plan participants their first priority. Some investments are harder to benchmark than others—such as target-date funds (TDFs). If plan sponsors feel they do not have the expertise to make wise choices or monitor investments, outside expertise can help. This week’s edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend offers insights that may help DC plan sponsors with their fiduciary duties regarding investments. Have a wonderful long weekend!

Editor's choice
Investing
The Case for Using an Institutional Approach for DC Plan Investments
An institutional investment approach uses outcome-oriented investments, broad asset class diversification, best-of-breed investment management, a thoughtful mix of active and passive strategies and are vehicle agnostic, a report notes. Read more >
Investing
‘Low-Cost’ Does Not Always Mean ‘Better’ TDFs
Morningstar warns that the distinction between “active” and “passive” target-date series has become more muddled in recent years. Read more >
Investing
GAO Explores Why Few Retirement Plans Embrace ESG Investing
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in other cases where plans may face complexity, such as selecting a target-date fund or monitoring pension consultants, the Department of Labor (DOL) has provided general information, including items to consider and questions to ask. It suggests that the DOL do the same with ESG investing. Read more >
Investing
Participants Need to Understand Market Cycles
The record bull market may cause retirement plan participants to be overly confident, but they need to understand market cycles and volatility so they can resist making the wrong investment and retirement savings decisions. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
AT&T Sued Over Calculation of Early Retirement Benefits

The plaintiffs say the plan’s terms reduce benefits using “Early Retirement Factors” and “Joint and Survivor Annuity Factors” which result in plan participants receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefit, as required by ERISA.

Congressional Leaders Want SECURE Act Passage in 2019

Based on the conversations industry advocates are having in Washington, none of the leadership in the Senate or the House opposes passage of the SECURE Act.

New Lawsuit Highlights Importance of Cybersecurity for Retirement Plans

A former 401(k) plan participant is suing the plan sponsor and plan providers after unauthorized distributions were made from her account.

IRS Releases 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan

The IRS invites public comments and suggestions about guidance.

DC Plans 3.0 Will Really be Tailored to Individual Situations

Bob Collie, head of research at the Thinking Ahead Institute, tells PLANSPONSOR version 3.0 will be customized by “hyper-customization and integrated whole-of-life wealth management” that takes into account all of a person’s savings.

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

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