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week ending October 30th, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has affected all areas of life, including retirement planning. Plan sponsors have had to consider plan design or investment changes, how to help participants with their financial health and what type of help plan sponsors themselves need. And, as businesses have endured financial hits, plan sponsors have had to carefully look at their benefits spend. In this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend, you’ll find information to help with your decision making in our changed environment.
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Administration
DB Plans Can Expect Continued Funded Status Issues
The solutions to manage funded status differ for public and corporate plans.
Investing
Coronavirus Questions Reshape Long-Term Capital Market Assumptions
The challenges facing U.S. and global equity markets at the start of 2020 appear tame compared with present obstacles—a fact clearly demonstrated by assets managers’ updated market outlook reports.
Administration
The Plan Sponsor Time Crunch
With so many recent disruptions to what was ‘business as usual,’ how can plan sponsors ensure their retirement plan gets the attention it needs and the most important obligations get met?
Data and Research
Employers Remain Optimistic About Health Benefits Despite Higher Projected Costs
A Willis Towers Watson analysis anticipates health expenses will rise in 2021, as most employees deferred care this year to avoid medical settings.
Investing
Why Alternative Assets Make Sense for 401(k) Plans
Diversification via alternative investments, especially in times of market volatility and downturns, can lead to better performance,
Participants
Helping Employees With Financial Decisions During COVID-19
When the pandemic is financially and emotionally affecting employees, they need access to sound reasoning.
Administration
Repositioning Financial Wellness and Retirement Benefits for 2021
Plan sponsors can take steps now to make sure their plans are ready to meet fiduciary obligations and participants’ needs in the new year.
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Compliance
SECURE Act 2.0 Passed Unanimously by Ways and Means Committee
A rare unanimous affirmative voice vote by the Ways and Means Committee allows the SECURE Act 2.0 to be considered by the full House of Representatives.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Data and Research
Health Care Costs in Retirement Remain a Top Stressor
Fidelity’s latest analysis shows people often underestimate the potential cost of health care in retirement, even after two decades of watching health care costs increase year-over-year.
Benefits
Building Inclusivity Into Employee Benefits
While it’s a crucial step, experts say promoting an inclusive workplace entails more than offering benefits to different employee demographics. 
Administration
Forces Come Together to Make PRTs More Attractive
Increased funded status for DB plans and rising interest rates make now a good time for plan sponsors to consider implementing pension risk transfer transactions.
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