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week ending May 29th, 2020
Continued economic uncertainty means continued uncertainty for the markets. Plan sponsors should consider what this means for investment lineups in defined contribution (DC) plans and asset allocations in defined benefit (DB) plans. DC plan sponsors should also consider participants’ desire for more protection. And participants need to be reminded of the best response to market volatility. In this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend, plan sponsors will find food for thought as they review their investments in this uncertain environment. Have a great weekend!
Editor's Choice
Investing
QDIAs the Best Place for Participant Assets During Downturns
QDIAs keep DC plan participants on a path for growth, but the current market volatility plants seeds of new ideas about their construction going forward.
Investing
Current Volatility Shows Weaknesses in TDFs
Lessons about diversification—especially for those nearest retirement—not learned during the Great Recession will be a focus for plan sponsors and TDF providers now.
Investing
Rethinking Portfolio Strategies for DB Plans
What strategies should plan sponsors consider for reaching their goals in the new market environment?
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
Understanding the Market Cycle Is Important to Retirement Plan Investors
It is inevitable that markets will go up and down; lessons about downturns should always be a part of participant education.
Administration
Expect a Rise in Annuity Engagement
A different perspective post-COVID-19 will make guaranteed income more attractive to retirement plan sponsors and participants.
Popular Reads
Ask the Experts
Clarification of Loan Repayment Delay Provisions of CARES Act
Experts from Groom Law Group and Cammack Retirement Group answer questions concerning retirement plan administration and regulations.
Administration
Get Beneficiary Designation and Missing Participant Practices in Order
The pandemic has highlighted the need for plan sponsors to actively encourage revised beneficiary designations and have missing participant procedures in place.
Administration
Risk for Cyberattacks Heightened as Remote Work Continues
Remote work is expected to lead to more attacks on retirement plan accounts, but there are an increasing number of measures to handle the threat.
Compliance
Health Care Organization Faces 403(b) Excessive Fee Suit
Much of the complaint is dedicated to discounting the use of an actively managed TDF suite rather than a less costly index TDF suite.
Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: IRS Eases 401(k) Safe Harbor Suspension Rules
Each week, Carol Buckmann, with Cohen & Buckmann P.C., will explain legislative provisions or official guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic that affect retirement and health plan sponsors.
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