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week ending October 18th, 2019
Planning for retirement is not easy, but retirement plan sponsors can help participants do so. Retirement is defined differently for different people. Offering the right plan design and planning tools can help participants calculate and meet their retirement needs, no matter what kind of retirement they envision. Many participants plan to work past age 65, so offering the ability to phase into retirement would be helpful. After focusing on accumulating savings, participants need to start planning for how to draw down that savings in retirement. Fortunately, plan sponsors are more focused on helping participants with this. And, participants shouldn’t just consider what income they will get from their employer-sponsored retirement plans, as Social Security will provide much of the replacement income for the majority of them. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Participants
Different Retirements for Different People
Not all “retirees” want to stay home and kick their feet up—some are continuing work or starting new ventures. Does this mean employers must change their retirement planning strategies?
Data and Research
Addressing the Desire to Work Past Age 65
While 75% of employers consider their companies to be “aging friendly,” only 54% of workers think their companies have adopted such policies.
Administration
Teaching Employees Skills and Practices for Retirement Confidence
Unfortunately, there are no do-overs in life, but there are ways to help employees feel confidence about their financial futures going forward.
Administration
Plan Sponsors Recognizing Need for Decumulation Choices
A new survey from Alight Solutions indicates more employers are expanding distribution options in their DC retirement plans to help employees with draw down strategies in retirement.
Administration
Social Security Education a Must-Have for Retirement Plan Participants
General education is helpful, but getting personal will help employees establish a plan for income in retirement.
Popular Reads
Opinions
Democrats Take Control of the Senate: What Does That Mean for Your Retirement Plan?
Syed Nishat, with Wall Street Alliance Group, discusses potential effects on retirement plans if President Joe Biden is able to move forward his legislative agenda.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Compliance
Takeda Pharmaceuticals Faces ERISA Lawsuit Over TDF Suite in 401(k) Plan
The lawsuit says the target-date funds were selected for the plan despite having no performance history and, when they continued to underperform, they were not replaced with better options.
Data and Research
Pandemic Puts More Households at Risk in Retirement
The Center for Retirement Research says half of American households are at risk of not being able to live at pre-retirement standards of living in retirement.
Compliance
Trustee Sued Over Retirement Plan Account Fraud
The lawsuit claims the trustee allowed an unauthorized person to take a distribution from a participant’s account and that the trustee is refusing to provide information to help remedy the situation.
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