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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.
Editor's Choice
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
Data and Research
The Growing Interest in Guaranteed Income Options
As employers begin to question the effectiveness of target-date funds as a retirement spending vehicle, interest in guaranteed lifetime income has grown.
Research
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Data and Research
Health Care in Retirement Will Cost an Average of $315,000
Fidelity champions health savings accounts paired with a high-deductible health plan as a means of meeting workers’ rising health care costs in retirement. 
Data and Research
Emergency Savings Programs Boost Retirement Outcomes
A report from DCIIA and Commonwealth suggests that emergency savings should be placed in an account that is distinct from funds intended for long-term retirement savings.
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