“It is so important to partner with providers to take some things off plan sponsors’ desks,” says Melissa Musial, marketing research and data manager, retirement services, at OneAmerica.
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Vanguard’s lead actuary for the OCIO pension support business sounds a clear note of caution about attempting to “beat the rush” into long corporate bonds that could come along with a sharp rise in rates; Northern Trust experts explain how ultra-short duration funds can benefit DB plans today.
Recent criticism of public pensions’ sizable push into ESG investing echoes valid concerns voiced in the past—but the ecosystem of environmental, social and governance investing has matured in ways that remain unacknowledged by some critics.
Education about how much income is needed, what expenses to expect and how to create an income stream are important, retirement industry experts say.
From what participants want, to retirement plan trends and what other plan sponsors are doing, data and research can be used to help retirement plan sponsor clients decide what is right for their own plans.
But they do so cautiously, setting limits on the amount of the assets that can be adjusted, and some doing so only once a year.
Benefits consultants play a helpful role in guiding employers through decisions involving the offering of voluntary and health benefits: Why offer benefits? Who pays? How do you educate employees?
Managed accounts offers unique personalization catered to a participant’s needs, but are the possible fiduciary mishaps worth implementing the product?
Waiting until a plan sponsor sees that employees are not retiring on time is too late to manage the pipeline of talent, and having employees unexpectedly retire early can cause disruption to business units or divisions and to talent transitions.
Two retirement industry thought leaders reflect on the year that was; both agree there is a tremendous opportunity to drive positive change in 2018; might a “new” Pension Protection Act be on the horizon?
The Department of Defense is initiating the Blended Retirement System on January 1, 2018.
Experts remind retirement plan sponsors of deadlines for 2017 year-end, and also offer some tips.
Experts suggest an additional annuity safe harbor regulation is unlikely and perhaps even unneeded for promoting greater use of in-plan lifetime income solutions, given that sponsors’ hesitation is often misplaced.
The executive director of the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, reflecting on a recent summit of government and industry leaders, suggests the stars may finally be coming into line for open multiple employer plans.