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
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 >
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 >
Getting SECURE Act’s Lifetime Income Provisions Right
Industry sources agree pains must be taken to ensure mandatory lifetime income projections to participants are accurate and contextual education is provided.
Getting Ready to Include Part-Time Employees in Retirement Plans
401(k) plan sponsors need to understand all the parts of the new requirement and, for some, the long-term effects on plan administration.
Roth is Not Just a Young Man’s Game

Erica K. Johnson, BOK Financial, discusses why Roth retirement plan contributions may be beneficial to a wider group of employees than previously thought.

Remembering the Basics of Fiduciary Duties
What ERISA retirement plan sponsors should know about their responsibilities as they make plan decisions or even outsource decisions to others.
SECURE Act Demands Updates to Rollover Notices

For example, language should be inserted to reflect that the age for taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) has been increased to 72.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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