PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 4th, 2018

Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers. A couple of studies found that access to retirement planning, as well as saving adequately, can lead to better retirement income. Confidence is also key, and sources offer suggestions about how plan sponsors can improve employees’ retirement confidence. For 403(b) plans, a speaker at the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) 71st Annual National Conference discussed how a new plan design model can provide efficiencies and benefits. And, MassMutual announced new reporting to help defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors in the administration of their plans. Have a great weekend!

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Data and Research
Specific Actions Lead to Higher Retirement Income
Empower identified “habits of success” that correlate with higher projected retirement income—saving in a workplace retirement plan, saving at a higher level and having a formal plan for retirement. Read more >
Data and Research
Access to Planning Information Correlates With Retirement Readiness
Compared to workers who feel very ready for retirement, unprepared workers show disappointment with the retirement information provided by their employers, a survey by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council finds. Read more >
Administration
Helping Retirement Savers Feel Confident
The latest Retirement Confidence Survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows confidence in specific factors for retirement readiness is lower, and sources offer suggestions for how retirement plan sponsors and advisers can help. Read more >
Administration
Retirement Plan Exchanges for 403(b)s
Speaking at the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) 71st Annual National Conference, Brodie Wood, SVP of healthcare, education and not-for-profit markets at Transamerica Retirement Solutions, discussed the efficiencies and benefits a closed MEP can offer not-for-profit 403(b) plans. Read more >
Products
MassMutual Introduces New Report to Guide DB Plan Sponsors
The quarterly Defined Benefit Market Update and Commentary is designed to support DB plan sponsor clients and potential clients in the ongoing management of their plans and includes data on interest rates, bond and equity markets, and commentary on economic and regulatory matters. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
IRS Announces 2019 HSA Contribution Limits

For an individual with family coverage, the 2019 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit is $7,000, up from the recently reset $6,900 limit for 2018.

4% Rule Not a Reliable Retirement Income Withdrawal Strategy for All People
A retiree’s investment portfolio is a large factor in determining an optimal, safe withdrawal rate in retirement, but longevity, expected spending and whether guaranteed retirement income is available plays a part as well.
Lawsuit Argues MetLife Pension Calculations Use Outdated Mortality Table

A newly filed complaint takes issue with the way MetLife calculates the actuarial equivalence of different types of annuity benefit options available in the firm’s pension plan.

401(k) Plan Sponsors Enhancing Plan Design

The availability of Roth contributions has doubled in the last decade, and more plan sponsors are using a default deferral rate with automatic enrollment that is higher than 3%, a Plan Sponsor Council of America survey found.

Financially Well Employees Buoy the Bottom Line

According to John Hancock data, helping employees reduce their financial worries is well worth employer’s time and attention.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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