PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 23rd, 2018

Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! In this week’s roundup, we focus on defined benefit (DB) plans. While the most recent market volatility caught many investors off guard, a survey finds institutional investors have been anticipating it and diversifying portfolios accordingly. LPL researchers offer suggestions for managing interest rate risks, and the Segal Group warns pension plan sponsors to not be fooled about headlines regarding mortality. A court of appeals affirmed that state slayer laws apply to pension benefits when the beneficiary is the person who caused a plan participant to die. And, a bill proposed in California would allow state workers to opt out of the state’s DB plan into a defined contribution (DC) plan. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!

Editor's choice
Investing
Institutional Investors Were Prepared for Market Volatility
Investors surveyed by Natixis cited strategies they’ve been using to diversify their portfolios. Read more >
Investing
LPL Financial Researchers Weigh In on Managing Interest Rate Risk
“The takeaway is critical: it pays to remain patient,” the researchers wrote. Read more >
Administration
Segal Group Warns DB Plan Sponsors Not to Stray From Mortality Assumptions
Although the latest report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) show life expectancy at birth declined, mortality rates for the older population continue to support projections of longer life expectancy, The Segal Group notes. Read more >
Compliance
ERISA Does Not Preempt State ‘Slayer’ Laws
Citing other courts, an appellate court agreed that “Congress could not have intended [the Employee Retirement Income Security Act] ERISA to allow one spouse to recover benefits after intentionally killing the other spouse.” Read more >
Compliance
California Proposal Seeks Shift from Public DB to DC
California State Senator Steve Glazer, who serves the state’s 7th senate district, introduced a bill earlier this month to allow new state employees the option of opting out of pension plan benefits and instead choose a “self-directed and portable retirement plan.” Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
IRS Announces 2019 HSA Contribution Limits

For an individual with family coverage, the 2019 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit is $7,000, up from the recently reset $6,900 limit for 2018.

4% Rule Not a Reliable Retirement Income Withdrawal Strategy for All People
A retiree’s investment portfolio is a large factor in determining an optimal, safe withdrawal rate in retirement, but longevity, expected spending and whether guaranteed retirement income is available plays a part as well.
Lawsuit Argues MetLife Pension Calculations Use Outdated Mortality Table

A newly filed complaint takes issue with the way MetLife calculates the actuarial equivalence of different types of annuity benefit options available in the firm’s pension plan.

401(k) Plan Sponsors Enhancing Plan Design

The availability of Roth contributions has doubled in the last decade, and more plan sponsors are using a default deferral rate with automatic enrollment that is higher than 3%, a Plan Sponsor Council of America survey found.

Financially Well Employees Buoy the Bottom Line

According to John Hancock data, helping employees reduce their financial worries is well worth employer’s time and attention.

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

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

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