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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.
Popular Reads
Compliance
Effect of the Biden Administration on Health and Retirement Benefits
Health and retirement benefit plan sponsors will likely see efforts to reduce health costs for Americans and a rolling back of current administration efforts, especially on ESG investing.
Compliance
Judge Certifies Sizable Class in Lawsuit Over TIAA’s Retirement Plan Loan Program
The lawsuit alleges TIAA kept some of the interest participants paid on loans from their retirement plans, which it says ‘is the epitome of self-dealing.’
Compliance
Cybersecurity Risks Still Lurking for Retirement Plan Sponsors
A recent federal court decision does not let plan sponsors off the hook, and various state laws may be applied to cases against them.
Benefits
What Happens When Student Loan Payment Deferral Ends?
Employers can steer employees to help when they have to restart student loan debt repayments, and there is hope that more government help is on the horizon.
Administration
COVID-19 and Biden Policy Could Intertwine to Affect DB Plan Funding
The future health and political landscape could make a big difference on assumptions used for calculations and defined benefit plan funding policy.
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