PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 29th, 2018

Investment selection and monitoring is an important fiduciary duty, one of the hardest for plan sponsors, and often the subject of retirement plan litigation. Plan sponsors have an array of investments to choose from—different vehicles, different asset classes, different costs. There are questions about which is the best qualified default investment alternative (QDIA) for their plans and whether plan participants understand investments or need help. Then, if there is a wide swing—especially a downturn—in the markets, both plan sponsors and their plan participants need to keep a cool head and think about the long-term. We hope that this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend offers some helpful information about retirement plan investing.

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Investing
PSNC 2018: Investment Lineup Construction and Design
There are a number of investment vehicles to consider when drafting a plan menu that best suits the plan’s participants. Read more >
Investing
Many TDFs Need to Be Adjusted for Risk
According to Jake Tshudy at SEI, “An actuarial valuation approach akin to a defined benefit (DB) plan is the best strategy to determine if a TDF series has the appropriate level of risk based on a plan’s demographics.” Read more >
Investing
PSNC 2018: Selecting the Optimal QDIA
Read how Hearst Corp. followed a prudent process to choose its qualified default investment alternative. Read more >
Investing
For Strategic Long-Term Investors, Volatility Means Opportunity
PLANSPONSOR speaks with John Diehl, senior vice president of strategic markets for Hartford Funds, on the subject of equity market volatility and ways to help ease plan participant concerns amid big price swings. Read more >
Investing
Cerulli Analysts Tackle Tough Topic of ESG ‘Materiality’
According to Cerulli researchers, one of the biggest hurdles in turning environmental, social and governance (ESG) interest into actual investment, both by current users of ESG portfolios and non-users, is the perceived impact on investment performance. 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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