PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 25th, 2018

Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Premiums (PBGC) are a growing cost for defined benefit (DB) plans. Sources from October Three say most DB plan sponsors are overpaying premiums and they offer a solution for plan sponsors and options especially for those in the health care industry. In Part II of a series, Michael Kreps and Mark Carolan of Groom Law Group discuss funding waivers and in-kind contributions as options for unaffordable pensions. Vanguard advocates for a global bond strategy to improve DB plan returns. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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Administration
Reducing PBGC Premiums by Splitting Up a DB Plan
The idea is to put participants with lesser unfunded vested benefits (UVBs) in one plan, and those with greater UVBs in another. Read more >
Industry Voices
Hospitals Burdened By PBGC Premiums Have Solutions Available
John Lowell, Atlanta-based partner and actuary for October Three, shares solutions for health care organizations to possibly decrease their PBGC premium payments. Read more >
Administration
Options for Unaffordable Pensions: Funding Waivers and In-Kind Contributions
It is not uncommon for employers to face cash flow challenges that make it difficult, if not impossible, to fund their defined benefit (DB) plan in a timely way. In this second part of a series on unaffordable pensions, attorneys with Groom Law Group provide an overview of two options—funding waivers and in-kind contributions—that can alleviate the immediate need to use operating cash to make minimum required contributions. Read more >
Investing
Vanguard Researchers Urge Investors to Go Global With Bond Allocations
A global bond allocation hedged for currency risk can result in greater risk-adjusted returns than an allocation to local-only bonds, a report says. Read more >
Compliance
Plan Sponsor Interpretation Must Be Given Deference in Lawsuits Challenging Plan Terms
The 6th Circuit noted that Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch, in which an arbitrary-and-capricious standard of review is required by the court if the plan “gives the administrator or fiduciary discretionary authority to determine eligibility for benefits or to construe the terms of the plan,” should have been used by the district court. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
AT&T Sued Over Calculation of Early Retirement Benefits

The plaintiffs say the plan’s terms reduce benefits using “Early Retirement Factors” and “Joint and Survivor Annuity Factors” which result in plan participants receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefit, as required by ERISA.

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.

Social Security Administration Announced COLA for 2020

Employees not only need basic education, but they need to know how to include Social Security in their retirement income strategy.

Survey Reveals Emerging Health Benefit Cost-Saving Measures

Employers are encouraging the use of biosimilars instead of specialty pharmacy products, creating an environment that makes it clear and easy for employees to opt for high-value services, and engaging effective programs to help manage anxiety and stress.

Millennium Trust Helps Small Businesses Select a Retirement Plan

The Retirement Savings Selector Tool for Small Businesses was created to help small businesses identify a retirement savings option that may be a fit for their business by answering a few quick and easy questions.

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