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 >
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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.

2020 Recordkeeping Survey
The Value of Having a Retirement Plan Committee Charter
While not required by ERISA, attorneys say a committee charter is a best practice that can help a plan run more smoothly—and help fiduciaries avoid litigation and penalties.
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.

Active vs. Passive Investing: Understanding the Difference
Knowing how each type of investing works, as well as their advantages and disadvantages, can help retirement plan sponsors construct appropriate investment menus.

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

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