PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 25th, 2016
Good afternoon, PLANSPONSOR Weekend readers. Plan sponsors are always looking for new ideas to improve their plans, and this week, several news articles put forth new thinking about investments. Also, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) reported this week that retirement confidence is rising, but is that confidence justified? In addition, several things came out of the courts this week, but arguably the most interesting is the preliminary approval of a settlement of the now-famous Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) lawsuit that set a new standard of pleading for stock drop cases. Enjoy this edition and have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Editor's choice
Investing
The Upside of Aging: More Investment Opportunities
Aging populations worldwide will create investment opportunities for institutional investors.Read more >
Investing
Active Funds Can Outperform Passive Funds
“Industry-wide averages can be misleading, and may be doing investors a disservice by giving them the perception that all active funds cannot outperform passive funds, which is simply not true,” says Timothy Cohen at Fidelity.Read more >
Products
Managed Futures Another Alternatives Option
In the search for new sources of returns and a response to increased equity market volatility, plan sponsors and participants may come across managed futures.Read more >
Data and Research
Retirement Confidence Continues Rising
Access to a retirement plan helps boost individuals’ confidence in their ability to retire, according to EBRI’s latest data.Read more >
Compliance
Famous Fifth Third Stock Drop Suit Reaches Settlement
A Supreme Court ruling in the case set new standards of pleading for lawsuits against retirement plans that hold on to company stock.Read more >
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MOST POPULAR STORIES
Empower to Acquire Prudential's Full-Service Retirement Business

The company says it expects the acquisition to benefit retirement plan participants, and, by leveraging new capabilities from its 2020 acquisition of Personal Capital, it will offer a personalized digital experience 

2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Giving Employees the Financial Wellness Help They Want
Offering an array of benefits—addressing both physical and financial wellness—and implementing personalized experiences will set employees up with what they need.
Prudential Acquisition Aimed at Improving Participant Experience

Empower CEO Ed Murphy says the Prudential recordkeeping team has tremendous bench strength.

Factors That Can Cut the Cost of Fiduciary Liability Insurance

An Aon survey of insurers revealed risks they look for that affect insurability and pricing, but good governance practices have been a key factor for years.

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