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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
Compliance
DOL Offers Guidance for Locating Missing Participants
Guidance in three parts offers suggested processes for DC plans and DB plans and reveals errors DOL staff should look for.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Administration
The Mechanics of Moving to a PEP
With a lack of regulatory guidance, plan sponsors can rely on certain existing rules to know the steps to take if they decide to move from a single-employer plan to a pooled employer plan.
Deals and People
Marty Walsh Will Be Nominated as Secretary of Labor
Apart from potentially reversing course on fiduciary rule-related regulations, there are many other areas where sources suggest the next DOL Secretary could drive significant changes.
Investing
Deciding Whether an Annuity Is Right for Your Plan Participants
Plan sponsors should look at participant needs to determine whether annuities would be a fit for their plan and, if so, which types of annuities meet those needs.
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