PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 8th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. It may be a new calendar year, but the professionals running retirement plans are still concerned with the same serious fiduciary risks that have long-troubled the 401(k) industry. They’re also facing renewed rounds of market volatility and a global economic picture that has many worried about what comes next. Whatever happens in 2016, stick with www.PLANADVISER.com for the latest news and breaking information.
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'Largely Unpredictable' Which Clients Could be Sued by Participants
One attorney specializing in ERISA litigation suggests the pace of lawsuits has increased fairly substantially in the last year, with signs of even more momentum in 2016. Even more concerning, he says, “there’s no plan design panacea that will prevent all possible challenges. It’s unpredictable who will get sued.” Read more >
Bob Doll Peers Into His Crystal Ball for 2016
Recent equity price swings aside, Bob Doll predicts the economy will keep on muddling through in 2016; investors will have to jump some hurdles, but there is still room for optimism. Read more >
A New Look at Social Security Income Replacement Rates
The Congressional Budget Office has performed a new analysis of pre-retirement income replacement rates limited to workers’ “last five years of substantial earnings, adjusted for growth in prices.” Not as grim as other analyses, the report still shows many will have to save much more for a comfortable retirement.  Read more >
PPA Vision of More Informed Investors Has Progressed
A short series of papers published by Vanguard shows knowledge of investing principles and fund features directly impacts the likelihood of investing success, even in product categories designed to put most decisionmaking in the hands of professionals. Read more >
Clients Will See Little Effect from SEC Liquidity Risk Efforts
The agency explains that it is proposing a new rule 22e–4 under the Investment Company Act, which would require mutual funds to establish liquidity risk management programs. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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