PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 1st, 2018

Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! When retirement plan sponsors contemplate the design and administration of their plans, guidance from regulators can offer clarity, but sometimes it creates more confusion. Most are looking for the next “best practice” to boost plan participant outcomes, and legislators as well as providers and industry groups often have ideas for what this is. One thing is for sure, there has been a movement from thinking only about retirement savings accumulation to thinking about how participants will draw down their assets to make them last throughout retirement. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend addresses these issues and more.

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Investing
DOL’s ESG Investing Bulletin Raises Important Questions for Plan Fiduciaries
Given some of the strong language used to warn retirement plan fiduciaries against placing other interests ahead of the financial benefit of their participants, the latest Department of Labor (DOL) bulletin on the topic of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing has created some confusion. Read more >
Data and Research
Groups Offer Blueprint for New Social Contract for Retirement
The blueprint calls for nine design features of the new contract. Read more >
Products
OneAmerica Offers Retirement Plan With Lifetime Income Option
OnePension is a profit-sharing plan that allows participants to annuitize their account balances when they retire. Read more >
Data and Research
LIMRA SRI: Preventing Brain Drain Should Be a Retirement Program Goal
As skilled Baby Boomer employees begin to reach the traditional retirement age, employers need to examine their policies and procedures to address the potential loss of talented and experienced workers. Read more >
Administration
Penn State Announces New Retirement Program Fee Practices
The plan to adopt a fee-leveling approach and rebate revenue sharing to participants comes as many institutions of higher learning face lawsuits challenging their 403(b) plan fees. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
IRS Announces 2019 HSA Contribution Limits

For an individual with family coverage, the 2019 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit is $7,000, up from the recently reset $6,900 limit for 2018.

4% Rule Not a Reliable Retirement Income Withdrawal Strategy for All People
A retiree’s investment portfolio is a large factor in determining an optimal, safe withdrawal rate in retirement, but longevity, expected spending and whether guaranteed retirement income is available plays a part as well.
Lawsuit Argues MetLife Pension Calculations Use Outdated Mortality Table

A newly filed complaint takes issue with the way MetLife calculates the actuarial equivalence of different types of annuity benefit options available in the firm’s pension plan.

401(k) Plan Sponsors Enhancing Plan Design

The availability of Roth contributions has doubled in the last decade, and more plan sponsors are using a default deferral rate with automatic enrollment that is higher than 3%, a Plan Sponsor Council of America survey found.

Financially Well Employees Buoy the Bottom Line

According to John Hancock data, helping employees reduce their financial worries is well worth employer’s time and attention.

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

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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