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week ending November 13th, 2020
Defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors can expect more market volatility, affecting their funded status. That’s why it is important for them to reassess their investment strategies for 2021. As DB plan sponsors also implement strategies to manage costs, an American Academy of Actuaries report says the way Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premiums are set and counted in the budget discourages the offering and maintenance of DB plans. Prior to the election, the Trump administration ordered a review of the situation for retirees of auto parts maker Delphi, whose pension was transferred to the PBGC. It remains to be seen if something will result from that in this or the next administration. This edition of PLANSPOSNOR Weekend focuses on DB plan administration.
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Administration
Continued Volatility Signals Poor Year for DB Plan Funded Status
Higher contributions can be expected in the future and asset allocation makes a difference, according to firms that track defined benefit plan funded status.
Investing
Defined Benefit Plan Sponsors Should Reassess Their Investments
Willis Towers Watson offers 10 suggestions for DB plans for 2021.
Compliance
PBGC Premiums Getting in the Way of Its Mission
Letting the agency set its own premiums and basing them more on risk would encourage the offering and maintenance of pension plan, the Academy of Actuaries says.
Compliance
Trump Administration to Look at Pensions Transferred to PBGC
A memorandum issued by the president first orders three departments to review the situation for Delphi retirees, then orders a review of pensions currently trusteed by the PBGC.
Data and Research
PBGC Reports Effect of Pension Risk Transfers on Its Premium Income
The agency could see a premium income loss of $196 million for the 2019 premium payment year, but certain trade-offs make it hard to tell if the PBGC’s future net financial position will be strengthened or weakened.
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Compliance
SECURE Act 2.0 Passed Unanimously by Ways and Means Committee
A rare unanimous affirmative voice vote by the Ways and Means Committee allows the SECURE Act 2.0 to be considered by the full House of Representatives.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Data and Research
Health Care Costs in Retirement Remain a Top Stressor
Fidelity’s latest analysis shows people often underestimate the potential cost of health care in retirement, even after two decades of watching health care costs increase year-over-year.
2021 Health Savings Account Survey
Benefits
Building Inclusivity Into Employee Benefits
While it’s a crucial step, experts say promoting an inclusive workplace entails more than offering benefits to different employee demographics. 
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