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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
Participants
What Participants Want From Employers’ Retirement Plan Websites
A recent study found 81% of participants have logged into their accounts, with most signing in to check account balances or review investment options.
Research
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Investing
Considering the Arguments for and Against Actively Managed Funds in DC Plans
The debate continues following a recent publication from the CFA Institute Research Foundation which asks, ‘Is active management worth it?’
Data and Research
U.S. Falls in Natixis Global Retirement Ranking
They survey found that a third of U.S. investors do not believe they have the option to retire.
Data and Research
Not Having a Retirement Drawdown Strategy Can Affect Retirement Security
A survey finds a majority of retirees are using RMDs for ‘guidance’ about how to spend down their assets, but experts say this doesn’t support spending trends in retirement and doesn’t make the best use of their savings.
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