PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 14th, 2018
Providing retirement plan participant education and communication requires knowing what information participants want and need and how they would prefer to receive it. Some communications are required by law. Both types of communications, as well as any education, should be easy for participants to understand. The new trend in retirement plan participant education goes beyond just education about retirement saving and investing into education about overall financial wellness. Plan sponsors need to know how to build a successful financial education program as well as how to measure its success. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend includes articles aimed to help readers with their education and communication duties.
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Participants Report Diverse Communication Preferences
Results of a participant survey conducted by CUNA Mutual reveal what topics retirement plan participants want to learn about as well as how they want to receive communications.Read more >
Majority of 401(k) Participants Would Like Online or Financial Professional Help
They want help with calculating how much money to save for retirement, determining how to invest their 401(k) assets, determining the age at which they can retire, and figuring out their expenses in retirement.Read more >
Proper Asset Allocation Often Overlooked, Sibson Says
Employers can use targeted internal communication and other tactics to help their employees understand asset allocation and empower them to make better choices, Sibson Consulting maintains.Read more >
Data and Research
Employees Not Realizing the Importance of Debt Control in Retirement Planning
Although a majority of workers thought workplace financial well-being programs would be either very or somewhat helpful in better preparing or saving for retirement, fewer than half of workers thought debt counseling or budgeting help would be helpful, EBRI found.Read more >
Trump Executive Order Includes Call to Simplify Retirement Plan Disclosures
President Donald Trump asked both the Treasury and Labor Departments to review actions that could make retirement plan disclosures easier to understand for participants and less costly to employers.Read more >
Financial Finesse Designs Financial Wellness Education Program
Financial Finesse has created an online continuing education course for human resources (HR) and financial professionals on Creating an Effective Financial Wellness Program.Read more >
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.
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
Aon Wins Lawsuit Over Investments in Lowe’s Cos. 401(k)

A judge found Aon didn’t violate ERISA when encouraging Lowe’s to change the plan’s investment menu or by selecting and maintaining a proprietary fund for the plan that underperformed.

TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”

Some may describe the arrival of the coronavirus as a “watershed moment.”

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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