PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 22nd, 2018

Defined benefit (DB) plans have not disappeared. Many plan sponsors are struggling to keep their DB plans alive and well-funded, despite moves by regulators and legislators that bump up costs. Other DB plan sponsors are facing difficult decisions about what to do with their plans—keep them, freeze them, close them or transfer the risk to an insurer. And, as many multiemployer plans are facing dire situations, a new Congressional committee is seeking answers to solve the dilemma. PLANSPONSOR is keeping tabs on trends and tips for DB plan sponsors.

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Administration
PSNC 2018: Rules, Regulations and Other Factors Affecting DB Funding Strategies
A partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker discusses why defined benefit plan sponsors should consider accelerating their funding—and how to do so. Read more >
Administration
PSNC 2018: Pension Risk Transfer Options
DB plan sponsors want to keep control of their plans as they de-risk. Read more >
Compliance
PBGC Report Shows Dire Status for Multiemployer Plan Insurance Program
The likelihood the program will remain solvent after FY 2026 is now less than 1%. Read more >
Compliance
Long-Term Loans Seen As Solution for Multiemployer Pension Crisis
Senator Sherrod Brown calls it imperative “to find a bipartisan solution to the crisis threatening 1.3 million Americans.” Read more >
Compliance
Appellate Court Rejects Bank of America Participants’ Claim for More Relief
Noting that the bank already made restitution to the participants under an IRS closing agreement, the 4th Circuit agreed with a lower court that the bank did not profit from its transfer of 401(k) assets to create a cash balance plan. 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Lawsuit Argues MetLife Pension Calculations Use Outdated Mortality Table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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