PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 19th, 2017
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! Witnesses for a House Subcommittee hearing told legislators what rules hinder retirement savings and what rules would help. Two university 403(b) plan excessive fees suits have moved forward—but one judge says offering a plethora of funds helps participants, while another says it could hurt participants. A study finds that women are actually better at saving and investing than they think, and a paper suggests retirees are not spending enough to live their retirement dream. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
Editor's choice
Regulations, Legislations Impede Retirement Savings of Americans
The DOL fiduciary rule, the rollback of an ERISA safe harbor for state-run plans and the new health care law were mentioned by witnesses in a House Subcommittee hearing.Read more >
Duke University 403(b) Plan Excessive Fee Suit Moves Forward
Claims moving forward regard excessive fees by using four recordkeepers and excessive fees by offering too many funds in the plan.Read more >
Women Better at Saving and Investing Than They Think
Fidelity Investments client data analysis shows on average, women performed better than men when it comes to investing by 40 basis points.Read more >
Data and Research
Fear Keeps Older Americans from Experiencing Dream Retirement
A paper suggests special care needs to be taken to educate age cohorts about their biases to avoid investment portfolios and financial plans that are too conservative.Read more >
Plan Health Not Just About Fees and Investments
Two providers have introduced retirement plan health measurement tools with different approaches.Read more >
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Getting SECURE Act’s Lifetime Income Provisions Right
Industry sources agree pains must be taken to ensure mandatory lifetime income projections to participants are accurate and contextual education is provided.
Getting Ready to Include Part-Time Employees in Retirement Plans
401(k) plan sponsors need to understand all the parts of the new requirement and, for some, the long-term effects on plan administration.
Roth is Not Just a Young Man’s Game

Erica K. Johnson, BOK Financial, discusses why Roth retirement plan contributions may be beneficial to a wider group of employees than previously thought.

Remembering the Basics of Fiduciary Duties
What ERISA retirement plan sponsors should know about their responsibilities as they make plan decisions or even outsource decisions to others.
SECURE Act Demands Updates to Rollover Notices

For example, language should be inserted to reflect that the age for taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) has been increased to 72.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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