PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 31st, 2019
The administration of retirement plans involves more than just plan design operation, although that is very important to the retirement outcome of participants. Selecting investments for the retirement plan menu can also help with participant outcomes. Among a plan sponsor’s responsibilities, encouraging and enforcing cybersecurity are not the first tasks that come to mind. But, as modern technology takes over the common workplace, the concept of cybersecurity for retirement plans has started to see attention. And, knowing all the rules in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) includes knowing the rules about record retention. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend focuses on helping plan sponsors with plan administration.
Editor's choice
How and Why to Simplify DC Plan Investment Menus
Simplifying a defined contribution (DC) plan’s investment menu could encourage more employees to participate in the plan, sources say.Read more >
Data and Research
Plan Design Progression Leading to Higher Retirement Savings
Participation rates were nearly 96% higher for plans—a difference of 40 percentage points—with auto enrollment; the usage of auto escalation was nearly five times higher in plans that employ opt-out options rather than opt-in, and employer match rates increased in 2018, T. Rowe Price found.Read more >
Driving Cybersecurity with Participants and Providers
Plan sponsors should evaluate providers’ cybersecurity practices, but there are also steps they and plan participants can take to safeguard retirement accounts.Read more >
AICPA Reminds Plan Sponsors of Record Retention Rules
A plan advisory explains ERISA rules for record retention and offers best practices for that and protecting personal information.Read more >
Considering Balance Sheet Issues for Pension Risk Transfers
A pension risk transfer (PRT) to terminate a defined benefit (DB) plan reflects heavily on a plan sponsor’s balance sheet, which may stop in its tracks a decision to do so.Read more >
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
Plan sponsors will be required to provide much more data, as well as certifications about plan administration and governance, and limited-scope audits will no longer be so limited.
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year
PLANSPONSOR is pleased to announce the 2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year winners.
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
DOL Proposes New Rule on ESG Investing in Retirement Plans

The agency says the proposal seeks to emphasize that climate change and other ESG factors can be financially material and that considering these elements can lead to better long-term risk-adjusted returns.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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