Happy Friday PLANADVISER readers! This week’s editor’s choice kicks off with some lighter fare—a look at star quarterback Payton Manning’s own imminent retirement and the health of NFL players' pension plan. The plan, like many sponsored by private employers in the U.S., is struggling with a low funded status and other challenges. The week gone by also had plenty of news related to the DOL's forthcoming fiduciary rule and the wider regulatory and market environment marked by stubborn bouts of volatility.
IRIC finds plan sponsors that have not recently revisited an in-plan income solution will be more inclined to do so in 2016 “since the landscape is very fluid and new solutions appear often.”
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Mercer suggests pension sponsors should now focus on the shakeout that lies ahead, with the potential bifurcation between liabilities sold to insurers and the hard stuff kept on pension balance sheets, by using hibernation investing.