Principal Enhances DB Termination Program

April 17, 2012 ( - The Principal Financial Group updated its defined benefit termination program and released a white paper. 
The defined benefit termination program provides resources, education and actuarial consulting to help financial professionals and their clients walk through the key steps for shutting down a plan, including:

•  Development of a termination strategy by evaluating cost, funding strategies and the impact of asset allocation;

•  Effective execution of a Dynamic Asset Allocation Strategy;

•  Administration of the plan termination process; and

•  Final risk transfer—distribution of assets to settle obligations.

Principal also released a white paper in two parts titled “Best Practices for Executing a Termination Strategy; Winding Down Your Hard-Frozen Defined Benefit Plan.” The first part offers best practices for developing a formalized defined benefit plan exit strategy. Part two, the newer paper in the series, offers best practices for building a termination strategy all the way to the final distribution of participant assets.