Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
February 26th, 2016
Cross-Testing Plans Can Benefit Older, Highly Paid Employees
Cross-testing combines profit-sharing contributions with defined contribution plans—and, by projecting the benefits afforded to employees at retirement, rather than allocations made along the way—it allows some sponsors to more easily fulfill non-discrimination requirements. Read more >
Auto-IRAs a Better Solution to Close the Coverage Gap
A research brief contends that a national auto-IRA program would be more efficient at closing the retirement plan access gap than state-run programs. Read more >
Participants and Plan Sponsors Part Ways on Assessing Readiness
What plan participants know about adequate savings rates and what plan sponsors think they know are often miles apart, according to a survey released by BlackRock. Read more >
Boosting Participants’ Grasp of Benefits Starts With Better Delivery
Nearly half of plan participants do not understand their benefits materials—and most don’t even open or read the information, says the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Read more >
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U.S. Leads World in Flows to ETFs
By a wide margin, the United States has led the world in flows to exchange-traded funds, which netted $235.2 billion in 2015 and accounted for 63% of the total $372.3 billion of ETF inflows for the year, according to Strategic Insight, an Asset International company. Read more >
Latest Investment Product and Service Launches
This week Northern Trust announced enhancements to services for private equity investment clients, while Franklin Templeton expanded multi-asset solutions capability with new open architecture offering. Read more >
Meet the PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers
The qualification standards for the PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers have risen considerably since the first list, as specialist advisers and consultants have built their practices. Read more >

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

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