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Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
A biweekly topical newsletter from PLANSPONSOR
DB Plans
A newsletter to educate and inform sponsors of defined benefit (DB) plans or employers considering offering a DB plan to employees.
Administration
Actuarial Assumptions Do Not Affect Actual DB Costs
'Experience studies’ and certain types of modeling will help plan sponsors find a better balance between assumptions and experience to avoid future cost surprises.
Compliance
IRS Issues Guidance on Single-Employer DB Plan Funding Relief Under ARPA
It addresses to what purposes newly allowed segment rates apply, how plan sponsors can make elections for which segment rates to use and the effect of the law on hybrid plan interest crediting rates.
Administration
Standard Agreements Aim to Make PRTs More Efficient
The pension risk transfer trend is expected to continue, though most transactions are implemented by large companies, and transferring pension obligations isn’t right for every plan sponsor.
Investing
How Multiemployer Plan Sponsors Can Manage Relief Payments
With PBGC dictating interest rate assumptions and permissible investments, there are steps plan sponsors should take to make the relief work as intended.
Compliance
Participant in Pennsylvania’s School System Plan Sues Investment Consultants
Teachers hired after 2011 are part of a variable benefit plan design, in which they have to pay more into the plan when returns miss certain targets, a news report says.
Compliance
Judge Agrees Pension Communication Was Not Clear
A former participant in DuPont’s DB plan claimed that confusing benefit statements caused him to miss out on years of payments.
Investing
DB Plan Sponsors Don’t Have to Fear Investing in Real Assets
They can reduce volatility and provide higher returns than other assets, and cash flow needs can be still be managed while using these generally illiquid investments.
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