PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 12th, 2017
Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced health savings account (HSA) limits for 2018. A feature article probes whether changes to managed accounts will make them comparable options to target-date funds (TDFs). Parties in one challenge to pension plans’ ‘church plan’ status have reached a settlement. And, Wells Fargo has introduced an annuity for defined contribution (DC) plans. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Compliance
Parties Reach Settlement in Church Plan Challenge
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System has agreed to make payments to its pension plans over five years.Read more >
Deals and People
Prudential Retirement Appoints New CEO
An industry veteran from within the company will climb the ranks to lead Prudential Financial’s retirement business.Read more >
Products
Wells Fargo Launches Annuity Option with MetLife
To combat the risk of living out retirement income, Wells Fargo and MetLife are rolling out an annuity option which will provide participants with payments on or before their 85th birthday.Read more >
Investing
Fixed-Income Holdings Should Inform TDF Series Selection
Fixed-income investments play a crucial role in overall target-date fund performance, but a new report suggests plan sponsors spend far more time thinking about the equity side.Read more >
Benefits
Employers Taking Various Steps to Manage Health Care Costs
Recognizing that no single change will radically transform the cost structure of health care programs, U.S. employers are instead following a strategy of taking many concurrent steps to manage costs, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson.Read more >
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IRS Announces 2020 Contribution and Benefit Limits

The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans is increased from $19,000 to $19,500.

The Odds Are Split for Senate SECURE Act Passage This Year

“Overall, it is an uncertain picture, but the SECURE Act is not dead in the water,” says Bradford Campbell, former EBSA head from 2006 to 2009. “I would say it is a little less than 50-50 that it happens this year.”

Pension Risk Transfer Appetite Is Unabated
They are trying other strategies, but DB plan sponsors are concluding that they and their employees would be better served by shifting risks to life insurers.
Congressional Leaders Want SECURE Act Passage in 2019

Based on the conversations industry advocates are having in Washington, none of the leadership in the Senate or the House opposes passage of the SECURE Act.

Why Americans Need the SECURE Act

The president and chief operating officer of Nationwide Financial makes a case for how passage of the SECURE Act will improve Americans’ retirement security.

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

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