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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
Compliance
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
Plan sponsors will be required to provide much more data, as well as certifications about plan administration and governance, and limited-scope audits will no longer be so limited.
Research
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Data and Research
Participants Missing the Full Match Remains a Big Problem
A new survey shows there are several reasons employees decide not to contribute to their retirement plans.
Compliance
Parties in Church Plan Lawsuit Finally Get Preliminary Approval of Settlement
A judge found the interests of a subclass of terminated, vested participants were adequately protected in a newly proposed settlement.
UpFront
What Advisers Wish Plan Sponsors Knew
Experts say sponsors should focus on their fiduciary roles, as well as investment lineups and plan success.
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