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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
Compliance
Actions to Comply With SECURE Act Should Already Be Underway
Though more guidance is expected for certain provisions of the SECURE Act, there are some that are urgent for plan sponsors to address.
Compliance
IRS Announces 2020 Contribution and Benefit Limits
The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans is increased from $19,000 to $19,500.
Administration
Components of Annuity Pricing
The costs of annuities depends on the type and the amount of flexibility.
Data and Research
DC Plans Moving to Become Decumulation Vehicles
More plan sponsors have a policy for retaining the assets of terminated and retired participants and more are offering decumlation strategies.
Administration
Retirement Plan Features to Consider Pruning
Some features make administration unnecessarily difficult, while others could derail participants’ retirement readiness.
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