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week ending November 22nd, 2019
Financial wellness is becoming the new focus for retirement plan sponsors. As you may be planning for your financial wellness initiatives for 2020, consider all the elements of your benefits program. Health care is an important part of financial wellness, and many voluntary benefit offerings can enhance the financial wellness of your employees. Experts say financial wellness programs should be actionable, and employers should measure the return on their investment in financial wellness. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend! The weekend newsletter will be back in your Inbox December 6.
Editor's Choice
Opinions
Barry’s Pickings: The Future Will Be About Financial Wellness
There is more to life than saving for retirement, says Michael Barry, president of October Three (O3) Plan Advisory Services LLC, and he foresees a new model where financial wellness is implemented across a rich employee dataset exploiting the efficiency of artificial intelligence.
Benefits
Health Care a Top Concern to Address in Financial Wellness Programs
Surya Kolluri, with Bank of America, says financial wellness should be thought of in the broadest way, with an eye toward how employees live their lives; this includes health care and caregiving efforts.
Benefits
Voluntary Benefits Have Become Much More Mainstream
Employers’ growing interest in improving their workers’ financial wellness is driving the change, Prudential experts say.
Benefits
To Succeed, Financial Wellness Programs Need to Motivate Participants
Education on its own is simply not enough.
Benefits
Measuring the Success of Financial Wellness Programs
Incorporating sound measures of the effectiveness of financial wellness programs will allow plan sponsors to adjust them to address the varying needs of their workforce.
Popular Reads
2020 Defined Benefit Administration Survey
Compliance
Use of Fidelity Active Management Funds Questioned in Court
Multiple lawsuits have been filed recently that question the offering of active management funds to retirement plan participants.
Ask the Experts
Clarification of Loan Repayment Delay Provisions of CARES Act
Experts from Groom Law Group and Cammack Retirement Group answer questions concerning retirement plan administration and regulations.
Data and Research
No Massive Pullback From Retirement Savings Seen Yet
Research finds few retirement savers have lowered savings rates or withdrawn money; however, those with lower incomes and in certain industries may be disproportionately affected.
Investing
Improving Participant Outcomes With Custom TDFs
Off-the-shelf TDFs may not meet the needs of participant demographics, so plan sponsors can build custom TDFs to provide greater diversification and less risk near retirement.
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