PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 26th, 2018
This week’s focus for PLANSPONSOR Weekend is defined benefit (DB) plans. Reports show that 2017 was a good year for both corporate and public DB plan funding. Incorporation of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into the investment decision-making process among institutional investors has leveled off, but it’s not for lack of interest, according to Callan. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has adjusted maximum penalties for failure to provide DB plan information, but the agency says it is uncommon for it to assess information penalties. And, we revisit the thoughts of Verizon retirees years after a court ruled the transfer of their benefits to an insurance company was not a fiduciary violation. Have a wonderful weekend!
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Administration
Markets Push Pension Funded Status Higher in 2017
Most firms that track DB plan funded status estimated between 1% to 3% improvement for the year.Read more >
Administration
Public Pensions Produced Solid Returns in 2017
In 2017, public pensions managed to raise the market value of fund assets above the actuarial value of assets, the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) found in a survey. Furthermore, the one-year, five-year and 20-year investment returns are near or above investment assumptions.Read more >
Administration
Verizon Pensioners Still Want to Recoup ERISA Protections
In a new conversation with Jack Cohen, Association of BellTel Retirees chairman, he says they are still concerned with trying to recoup at least some of the protections that they had under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and that his association and others warned the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) that risk transfers would harm the insurance system.Read more >
Compliance
PBGC Adjusts Penalties for Failure to Provide Information
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is required to adjust these amounts annually for inflation, but the agency says its goal is to encourage compliance, not to penalize plans that inadvertently forget to file information.Read more >
Investing
Incorporation of ESG Factors Into Institutional Investor Decisions Leveled Off
Adoption rates of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into the investment decision-making process among institutional investors has leveled off, according to the Callan 2017 ESG survey. Callan says this is partly due to multiple years of investor education around ESG coming to fruition.Read more >
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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.
2020 Best in Class 401(k) Plans
PLANSPONSOR is pleased to announce the sixth “class” of companies winning the Best in Class 401(k) Plan designation.
The Future for Annuities in DC Plans
The SECURE Act offered an annuity selection safe harbor for plan sponsors, but education will be the first step in getting this income protection to plan participants.
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.

Why Nonprofits May Prefer a 403(b) Plan Over a 401(k)

It often comes down to nondiscrimination testing.

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

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