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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.
Editor's Choice
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
2020 Defined Benefit Administration Survey
Compliance
Use of Fidelity Active Management Funds Questioned in Court
Multiple lawsuits have been filed recently that question the offering of active management funds to retirement plan participants.
Ask the Experts
Clarification of Loan Repayment Delay Provisions of CARES Act
Experts from Groom Law Group and Cammack Retirement Group answer questions concerning retirement plan administration and regulations.
Data and Research
No Massive Pullback From Retirement Savings Seen Yet
Research finds few retirement savers have lowered savings rates or withdrawn money; however, those with lower incomes and in certain industries may be disproportionately affected.
Investing
Improving Participant Outcomes With Custom TDFs
Off-the-shelf TDFs may not meet the needs of participant demographics, so plan sponsors can build custom TDFs to provide greater diversification and less risk near retirement.
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