PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 4th, 2017
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! In addition to readers’ most popular stories for the week, in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend we will focus on plan design and administration. This includes tips for reducing participant retirement plan loans, as well as research about how plan sponsors are increasing participant engagement and about the benefits of using longevity annuities in defined contribution (DC) plans. In addition, a report cites reasons plan sponsors change recordkeepers and/or investment managers, and experts suggest retirement savings solutions for part-time employees. Have a great weekend!
Editor's choice
Administration
Plan Design, Education Can Help Limit Participant Loans
Educating retirement plan participants about the consequences of taking loans from their account balance, as well as a few plan design changes, can limit the amount of loans taken, IFEBP says. Read more >
Administration
Plan Sponsors Using Plan Design and Other Tools to Increase Employee Engagement
“Participant engagement growth has also been driven in part by employers making education more accessible with onsite meetings, webcasts and personal consultations,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch says. Read more >
Data and Research
Longevity Annuities Can Improve DC Plan Participant Retirement Wealth
Researchers first found that introducing a longevity income annuity into the DC plan investment menu is attractive to the majority of plan participants. Read more >
Data and Research
Investment Manager and Recordkeeper Changes Driven by Fees
The desire to reduce fees is the top reason DC plan sponsors cite for contemplating changes in investment managers and recordkeepers, a study finds. Read more >
Data and Research
Part-Time Workers Are Financially Vulnerable
As the nation moves more to a “gig” economy, the question becomes: How can we prepare part-time employees for a financially secure retirement? Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
House Committee Advances Bill to Establish Union Pension Lifeline Program

The legislation aims to establish a 30-year loan program and new financial assistance for financially troubled multiemployer pension plans.

The Senate Math That Could Block SECURE Act
Senate floor time is at a premium ahead of the 2020 presidential election—so much so that even legislation that passed the House with a near-unanimous bipartisan vote is not guaranteed to become law.
Adidas Sued Over Excessive Fees for 401(k) Participants

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that passive funds would have resulted in better returns net of fees that the actively managed funds offered in the plan.

Open MEPs Not for Every Plan Sponsor
If legislation passes to allow for open multiple employer plans (MEPs) for plan sponsors without a common nexus, experts believe they will offer benefits to plan sponsors, but there would be some considerations to explore before joining one.
(b)lines Ask the Experts – Proper Delivery Method for SPDs
Experts from Groom Law Group and Cammack Retirement Group answer questions concerning 403(b) plans and regulations.

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

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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