PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 18th, 2016
This week, PLANSPONSOR released its 2016 Defined Contribution Survey, a benchmarking tool for all DC plan types. In addition, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) reported its financial status. Defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors were reminded to consider longevity risk when choosing investments. And speaking of investments, we’ve been seeing a lot of news of late about impact or social investing, suggesting that more institutions are using these investment vehicles and environmental, social and governance investments can outperform. Have a great weekend PLANSPONSOR readers, and a Happy Thanksgiving! There will be no PLANSPONSOR Weekend newsletter next Friday.
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PBGC Multiemployer Program Deficit Nearly $60 Billion
However, according to the agency’s Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report, the single-employer program deficit improved.Read more >
Pension Plan Sponsors Need to Manage Longevity Risk
The underestimation of human life spans by forecasters and the potentially sharp unanticipated increases in longevity resulting from medical breakthroughs poses a real risk to pension funding levels, a new report notes.Read more >
Impact Investing Growing Among Institutional Investors
One-third of institutional investors plan to increase portfolio allocations to impact investing in the coming three years, according to a survey by Greenwich Associates and American Century Investments. One-quarter of those institutions plans to boost allocations by more than 10%.Read more >
Risk Control At Heart of ESG and SRI Developments
Investment providers that serve retirement plan sponsors see opportunities for outperformance in ESG and SRI programs.Read more >
ESG Investors Weight Performance and Moral Considerations
As more and more assets are invested in portfolios that consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, researchers are attempting to better measure the effectiveness of so-called “impact investing,” both in terms of financial performance and as it pertains to meeting the moralistic goals of ESG.Read more >
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Another Schlichter Suit Targets Sponsor and Providers

Even cases that allege potential wrongdoing on the part of a service provider are often targeted exclusively at the plan sponsor. Not so in the latest suit filed by the law firm Schlichter Bogard & Denton.

Could There Be a Renewed Interest in DB Plans?
There are plan designs that decrease the risk and volatility for plan sponsors, and defined benefit plans offer the guaranteed lifetime income participants desire.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Participants Are Saving More With ‘TDF-Plus’ Strategies

A new study finds participants who blended funds were on track to replace more of their pre-retirement income than those who did not.

2020 Best in Class DC Providers

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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