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 >
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Takeda Pharmaceuticals Faces ERISA Lawsuit Over TDF Suite in 401(k) Plan

The lawsuit says the target-date funds were selected for the plan despite having no performance history and, when they continued to underperform, they were not replaced with better options.

Trustee Sued Over Retirement Plan Account Fraud

The lawsuit claims the trustee allowed an unauthorized person to take a distribution from a participant’s account and that the trustee is refusing to provide information to help remedy the situation.

Democrats Take Control of the Senate: What Does That Mean for Your Retirement Plan?

Syed Nishat, with Wall Street Alliance Group, discusses potential effects on retirement plans if President Joe Biden is able to move forward his legislative agenda.

Pandemic Puts More Households at Risk in Retirement

The Center for Retirement Research says half of American households are at risk of not being able to live at pre-retirement standards of living in retirement.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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