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week ending June 12th, 2020
Defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors saw a slight uptick in funded status in May. However, the market plunge yesterday serves as a reminder that we are still in uncertain times. DB plan sponsors must rethink their strategies for a continued period of uncertainty. This week’s PLANSPONSOR Weekend provides information to help them do that.
Editor's Choice
Investing
Past Bear Market Strategies No Comfort for DB Plans Right Now
Pension plan consultants are tweaking recommendations for DB plan sponsors during the unprecedented volatility created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Compliance
CARES Act May Help DB Plans Avoid Funding-Based Limitations
DB plan sponsors can use help provided in the CARES Act and take other actions to avoid falling into funded status zones that would impact benefits.
Administration
How to Manage DB Plans Through the Crisis
Experts expect the market volatility will continue for an unknown amount of time, so DB plan sponsors must be flexible and find new directions depending on the goals for their plans.
Investing
Rethinking Portfolio Strategies for DB Plans
What strategies should plan sponsors consider for reaching their goals in the new market environment?
Opinions
DB Plan Sponsors Should Be Conscious of Liquidity
Tom Cassara and Michael Clark, with River and Mercantile, discuss why pension plan sponsors should pay attention to liquidity and how they may do so.
Popular Reads
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Benefits
Addressing the Haves and Have-Nots in Retirement Savings
The experience during the pandemic of those with and without retirement savings has highlighted the issue of income inequality, says Ed Farrington, with Natixis Investment Managers.
Compliance
403(b) Plan Sponsor Sued Over Excessive Fees and Underperforming Investments
The lawsuit calls out the use of the active suite of the Fidelity Freedom target-date funds, among other things.
2021 Health Savings Account Survey
Data and Research
Plans With ESG Options See Larger Contribution Rates
Ninety percent of participants who are aware of environmental, social and governance options in their plan’s lineup say they invest in them. 
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