PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 20th, 2019
Many employees look to employers for help with planning for retirement. Generation X, arguably, may need the most help right now. But, employers can help all generations by strategically designing a defined contribution (DC) retirement plan that will improve outcomes for employees. Offering calculators to employees can spur them into taking more actions to help themselves, and there are lessons from other countries about helping employees do this. Education is also important, as employees need to understand the risks they will face pre- and post-retirement and that with changing market dynamics and improved longevity, investment strategies need to evolve from traditional ideas. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Administration
Plan Sponsors Should Address Financial Squeeze Put on Gen X
Struggling with debt and budgeting, Gen Xers are in their prime earning years, they are getting close to retirement and they are taking care of both their children and their parents.Read more >
Industry Voices
How a More Strategic Eye on Retirement Plan Design Can Alleviate Readiness Issues
As a growing number of America’s aging workers delay retirement, employers should consider applying a multiyear strategy alongside their 401(k) plan to find ways to improve their employee’s ability to retire on their own terms and minimize the higher costs associated with those who are forced to keep working.Read more >
Industry Voices
Taking a ‘Calculated’ Approach to Retirement Readiness
Nathan Voris, with Schwab Retirement Plan Services, discusses how retirement calculators can be a useful resource for employees—by spurring them into action and providing them with more confidence about retirement readiness.Read more >
Administration
Preparing Employees for Retirement, a Global Comparison
Retirement plan sponsors and policymakers can gain ideas from countries with different methods for encouraging retirement security.Read more >
Investing
Market Volatility Not the Only Risk for Pre-Retirees and Retirees
Yet, aside from keeping themselves healthy, they need to realize that with increasing longevity, retirees are no longer considered short-term investors.Read more >
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DuPont Plan Participants Claim Arbitrary Interpretation Reduced Their Pension Benefits

The complaint says Corteva Inc.’s ‘sleight of hand’ when determining when to label employees that were part of a spinoff as ‘terminated’ allowed it to deny promised benefits.

Defined Benefit vs. Defined Contribution: Understanding the Costs of Each
There are instances where a DB plan is the more cost-effective option, but experts say the trend of lower DC plan fees could be a game-changer.
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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?’

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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

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