PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 22nd, 2017
Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week’s focus is on defined benefit (DB) plans. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is proposing some changes to Form 5500 reporting for DB plans. MassMutual has launched a service to gauge DB plan health. Increasing PBGC premiums are leading more DB plan sponsors to accelerate funding to their plans as well as consider de-risking actions. And, speaking of de-risking, a state DB plan is trying a move often reported by corporate pension plan sponsors. In multiemployer plan news, a court has determined that a fund in critical status can impose more than just withdrawal liability on a withdrawing employer. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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PBGC Proposes Changes to Form 5500 Reporting by DB Plans
The agency is proposing two modifications for multiemployer plans and one modification for single-employer plans.Read more >
MassMutual Launches Tool to Gauge DB Plan Health
As part of the analysis of pension investments, the PensionSmart Analysis tool can examine different investment “glide path” options to help sponsors achieve specific goals related to funding and liability matching.Read more >
PBGC Premiums Driving DB Plan Sponsors to Fund, De-Risk
“Companies feel that the time is right to reduce or eliminate their pension funding shortfalls.” says Matt McDaniel, partner, Mercer.Read more >
MOSERS Announces Lump-Sum Offering for Certain Members
The state is trying a pension risk transfer option commonly used by corporate plan sponsors.Read more >
Court Finds Multiemployer Plans Can Impose More Than Withdrawal Liability on Employer
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ultimately determined there is no explicit restriction saying a critical-status multiemployer plan’s board of trustees cannot charge withdrawing employers for their share of the plan’s accumulated funding deficiency.Read more >
Getting SECURE Act’s Lifetime Income Provisions Right
Industry sources agree pains must be taken to ensure mandatory lifetime income projections to participants are accurate and contextual education is provided.
2020 Best in Class 401(k) Plans
PLANSPONSOR is pleased to announce the sixth “class” of companies winning the Best in Class 401(k) Plan designation.
The Future for Annuities in DC Plans
The SECURE Act offered an annuity selection safe harbor for plan sponsors, but education will be the first step in getting this income protection to plan participants.
IRS Announces 2020 Contribution and Benefit Limits

The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans is increased from $19,000 to $19,500.

Why Nonprofits May Prefer a 403(b) Plan Over a 401(k)

It often comes down to nondiscrimination testing.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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