PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 28th, 2018
Investing is a big part of managing a defined benefit (DB) plan. DB plan sponsors must constantly look for ways to match assets with liabilities and improve their funded status. In addition, for those considering a pension risk transfer (PRT) strategy, funded status and asset allocation are important. Alternatives to traditional stock and bond investments have been considered, and useful. Some DB plans, especially larger ones, feel the need to incorporate activism in their investment selection. But, all investment considerations should begin with the realization of the duty to keep employees’ best interest in mind. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend offers food for thought regarding DB plan investing.
Editor's choice
Trade War Effects on Retirement Plans
What plan sponsors should consider as trade wars intensify.Read more >
Fixed-Income ETFs Used to Address Bond Market Issues
“A majority of institutions around the world now consider bond ETFs as an alternative for fixed-income exposure and liquidity,” says Greenwich Associates Managing Director Andrew McCullum.Read more >
Data and Research
Institutional Investors Entering New Asset Classes, Paying Less in External Fees
Cost reductions are evident across asset classes—not just in equity.Read more >
MassMutual Paper Serves As Primer for PRT Considerations
“While PRT can be a highly effective tactic for plan sponsors to reduce risk and shift liabilities off their books,” MassMutual says, “it’s possible to increase pension costs and risks if a PRT is not executed with long-term goals in mind.”Read more >
Plan Sponsors Need the Right Motivations for Choosing ESG Investments
Political motivations and investor recommendations can result in choosing a low-performing investment for a retirement plan.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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