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week ending January 31st, 2020
PLANSPONSOR offers a variety of in-depth articles—originally reported and unique pieces of content that examine the most pressing topics for retirement plan sponsors, across the areas of compliance, investing, administration and more. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend includes different administration topics—from the basics to the more complex. Please share what you learn with your colleagues. Have a great weekend!
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Administration
Plan Sponsors Have Multiple Options for Creating Income Streams for Participants
Annuities should be considered, and the type to offer in a DC plan depends on several factors.
Administration
Performing an Effective Benchmarking of Plan Advisers
An analysis of advisers’ skills and services helps in finding those with higher skill sets, and those who offer much more value for plan sponsors.
Administration
Components of Annuity Pricing
The costs of annuities depends on the type and the amount of flexibility.
Administration
Retirement Plan Features to Consider Pruning
Some features make administration unnecessarily difficult, while others could derail participants’ retirement readiness.
Administration
Mechanics of DB Plan QDROs Differ From Those for DC Plans
There are different paths for getting the right benefits to the right people when a plan participant divorces.
Popular Reads
Compliance
DOL Offers Guidance for Locating Missing Participants
Guidance in three parts offers suggested processes for DC plans and DB plans and reveals errors DOL staff should look for.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Administration
The Mechanics of Moving to a PEP
With a lack of regulatory guidance, plan sponsors can rely on certain existing rules to know the steps to take if they decide to move from a single-employer plan to a pooled employer plan.
Deals and People
Marty Walsh Will Be Nominated as Secretary of Labor
Apart from potentially reversing course on fiduciary rule-related regulations, there are many other areas where sources suggest the next DOL Secretary could drive significant changes.
Investing
Deciding Whether an Annuity Is Right for Your Plan Participants
Plan sponsors should look at participant needs to determine whether annuities would be a fit for their plan and, if so, which types of annuities meet those needs.
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