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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!
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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
Compliance
John Hancock Agrees to Procedural Changes in ERISA Suit Settlement
In addition to a $14 million payment, the defendants agreed to retain an independent third-party investment consultant to review investment options in the plan, among other things.
2021 Defined Benefit Administration Survey
Investing
Essential Considerations for DC Plan Investment Lineups
The purpose of a retirement plan and the demographics of its participants will help plan sponsors decide what types of investments they need to use to take participants from accumulation to decumulation.
2021 Service Stars
Introducing the 2021 individual and team service representatives recognized for exceeding expectations in their support of plan sponsors
Deals and People
PE Firm to Acquire Aon’s U.S. Retirement Business
Aon says its newly revealed plan to sell its U.S. retirement business to Aquiline Partners is in part meant to address antitrust concerns related to its own merger with Willis Towers Watson.  
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