Happy New Year, PLANSPONSOR readers! We find the new year can be a time of reflection, and we question how the industry trends in 2016 will inform 2017. Will holistic wellness solutions evolve this year? And, contributor Michael Barry provides a list of items he thinks the new Department of Labor (DOL) should undo and do. There is no sign of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation easing up, but at least one employer and plan provider has already obtained victory in a suit filed last year. In an important letter, the DOL expressed its opinion that prudent default investments in defined contribution (DC) plans can include elements of lifetime income. All this and more in this week’s PLANSPONSORWeekend! Enjoy!
In response to a question about TIAA’s Income for Life Custom Portfolios, the Department of Labor noted that in the preamble to its QDIA regulations it said other investments could be prudent defaults for DC plans.
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The plaintiffs say the plan’s terms reduce benefits using “Early Retirement Factors” and “Joint and Survivor Annuity Factors” which result in plan participants receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefit, as required by ERISA.
Bob Collie, head of research at the Thinking Ahead Institute, tells PLANSPONSOR version 3.0 will be customized by “hyper-customization and integrated whole-of-life wealth management” that takes into account all of a person’s savings.