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week ending May 1st, 2020
Since the record market drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic, major stock indices have been on a wild rollercoaster ride. While there are early indications that most retirement plan participants have been holding steady with their investment allocations, it never hurts to keep reminding them to maintain a long-term strategy. Plan sponsors also must keep the end goal in mind when monitoring investments and making decisions. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend offers help for communicating with participants as well as for plan sponsors to perform their fiduciary duties. Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend!
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Investing
Data Shows Majority of Investors Staying Calm Amid Volatility
Vanguard found its clients with only a defined contribution (DC) retirement plan relationship exhibited the lowest levels of trading.
Investing
Talking Points to Help Participants Navigate Market Volatility
Certain concepts should be communicated clearly to retirement plan participants so they don’t make decisions that may hurt their retirement readiness.
Investing
Plan Sponsors Should Be Extra Vigilant During Severe Market Volatility
For both DB and DC plan sponsors, fiduciary actions follow a different time frame when there is a sustained market crisis.
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.
Investing
Fixed Income Allocations Suppressed Potential Losses for ERISA Pension Plans
Of the three institutional segments tracked by Northern Trust, corporate ERISA pension plans performed the best during 1Q 2020.
Popular Reads
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Data and Research
Edward Jones and Age Wave Introduce the New Four Pillars of Retirement
The ideas explain what retirees are focusing on after the workforce and as they enter the next chapter.
Compliance
Parties in Emory University 403(b) Plan Lawsuit File Settlement Agreement
In addition to paying $16.75 million, the settlement agreement calls for a review of investments and a recordkeeping request for proposals.
Administration
CARES Act Special Considerations for 403(b) Plans
Participants invested in annuity contracts may face charges for distributions and limits on amounts they can take as a distribution or loan that they may not be aware of.
Investing
Is It Time for the U.S. to Create a Sovereign Wealth Fund?
As the U.S. government looks for a cure-all amid the financial crisis, some experts are looking to a government-owned wealth fund as an answer.
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