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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
Compliance
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
Plan sponsors will be required to provide much more data, as well as certifications about plan administration and governance, and limited-scope audits will no longer be so limited.
Research
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Data and Research
Participants Missing the Full Match Remains a Big Problem
A new survey shows there are several reasons employees decide not to contribute to their retirement plans.
Compliance
Parties in Church Plan Lawsuit Finally Get Preliminary Approval of Settlement
A judge found the interests of a subclass of terminated, vested participants were adequately protected in a newly proposed settlement.
Compliance
2021 ERISA Plan Compliance Calendar
A schedule to help plan sponsors track important due dates for their plan
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