PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 28th, 2017
Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week we focus on defined benefit (DB) plans. There’s some positive news for both private-sector single-employer DB plans and multiemployer plans. However, NCPERS argues public pension reforms could hurt the economy. The American Academy of Actuaries explains the uses of multiple measurements for DB plan funding, and one study makes a case for long-horizon investing for DB plans. All this in addition to readers’ most popular articles are in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend.
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SOA Review Shows Positive Funding Picture for DB Plans
Using the smoothed assets as allowed and smoothed bond rates require by current law to discount the liability, the 2014 total funding target liability for single-employer DB plans of $1.9 trillion was 98% funded, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) found. Read more >
Multiemployer Plans Have Hope and a Future
We’ve all seen the headlines: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) multiemployer plan program is running out of money because it is helping so many plans, and a number of multiemployer plans have asked the Treasury for permission to reduce benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA). But, according to Zane Dalal, executive vice president of Benefit Programs Administration (BPA), who is based in Los Angeles, the industry needs to take a balanced view. Read more >
Continuing Public Pension Reforms Could Hurt the Economy
A report from the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) suggests that if public pension plan reforms continue, it will result in economic losses. The conference contends that lawmakers do not understand how public pensions work. Read more >
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. Read more >
The Case for Long-Horizon Investing in DB Plans
Long-horizon investing can generate up to a 1.5% premium on returns, according to a Willis Towers Watson study that modeled pension plan investment practices. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Agrees to Settle Stable Value Funds Suit

The firm has agreed to pay $75 million to settle litigation brought by multiple retirement plan participants alleging J.P. Morgan invested its stable value funds in risky assets.

SECURE Act Passes House, Bringing Calls for Senate Collaboration

Reflecting on the much-anticipated House vote, Kevin Walsh, principal with Groom Law Group, said today is an important day for the retirement industry, but it’s not the end of the story.

Individuals, Employers and Government All Play a Part in Retirement Readiness

A new research report and Catherine Collinson, with Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, lay out steps all three can take to improve retirement confidence and readiness in America.

Participant Loans: A Fiduciary Storm Brewing?
Bruce Ashton, with Drinker Biddle & Reath, discusses the fiduciary risk defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors could face when participants default on plan loans.
What to Know About Financial Audits Filed with Form 5500s
Plan sponsors required to file a financial audit along with their Form 5500 should know how regulators use the information and how to pick the best auditor.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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