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week ending January 10th, 2020
A constant in defined benefit (DB) plan administration is keeping the plan well-funded. For the most part this involves selecting the right mix of investments. But, it is also a consideration when determining what contributions to make to the plan. And deciding which measurement shows the most realistic picture of how much the plan is funded can help in making investment and contribution decisions. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend will offer help to DB plan sponsors with DB plan funding.
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Investing
DB Plan Sponsors Focused on Cost and Funded Status Concerns
They are lengthening bond durations and increasing liability-hedging fixed income allocations, a Vanguard survey found.
Investing
10 Action Steps for DB Sponsors in 2020
Willis Towers Watson says the pension plan landscape is quickly changing, as returns will be lower while volatility is likely to increase.
UpFront
DB Plan Funding vs. Low Interest Rates
Steps a plan sponsor can take to mitigate against plan funding’s recent decline.
Administration
Employer Contributions Aid in DB Plan Funding Progress
An analysis from the Society of Actuaries suggests the majority of defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors are making sufficient contributions to help reduce unfunded liabilities.
Administration
There Is No Single 'Right' Measurement for DB Plan Funding
The purpose of the measurement determines which number is “right,” according to the American Academy of Actuaries.
Popular Reads
Research
2021 Target-Date Fund Survey
Compliance
The DOL Has Begun Retirement Plan Cybersecurity Audits
Attorneys say the requests plan fiduciaries have received ask for a broad amount of information and documentation, and they urge fiduciaries to act on the DOL’s recent guidance.
Compliance
Rush of Litigation Against Retirement Plans Expected to Continue
One insurer says the more than $1 billion in settlements thus far could make fiduciary insurance a thing of the past.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Compliance
Differences Between Safe Harbor and Traditional DC Plans
The primary distinction is that sponsors can design safe harbor plans to avoid having to perform nondiscrimination and top-heavy testing.
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