PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 26th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. In this week’s roundup we examine some critical emerging issues in retirement plan communications and education, leading us to the question, what have you done to ensure plan participants understand the real value and power of their employers’ benefits packages? And on the other hand, how much time have you spent learning what clients' employees want and need from their retirement plans?
Editor's choice
Participants and Plan Sponsors Part Ways on Assessing Readiness
Nearly six in 10 retirement plan sponsors say the majority of their participants are saving enough to retire with the income they will need, according to BlackRock’s DC Pulse Survey. But only 28% of the participants surveyed are confident they are saving enough. Where’s the disconnect?  Read more >
Boosting Participants’ Grasp of Benefits Starts With Better Delivery
The reason employers say understanding of benefits is so low? Most participants do not open or read even the basic explanatory materials, say up to 80% of plan sponsoring organizations. Nearly a third of companies said their participants do not perceive value in their benefits. Read more >
How Reliable Are Common Retirement Planning Tools?
Common retirement questions—Will I be able to retire? Do I have enough to retire? Will I run out of money in retirement?—naturally lead to one overarching question: How do I find the correct answer to these fundamental questions? Read more >
Is Retirement Saving Really Crowded Out by Other Priorities?
LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute found consumers who save for retirement are actually more likely to save for other goals, challenging the notion that retirement savings are often crowded out by other savings priorities or short-term spending.  Read more >
PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey: Universal Opportunity
Perhaps one of the most telling findings from the 2015 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey is the increase in the number of retirement plans that work with an adviser and have $5 million or less in plan assets. Also striking, a very solid 74.2% of advisers say they are currently providing some level of one-on-one participant education.  Read more >
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Consider All Individual Circumstances Before Suggesting 4% Retirement Income Withdrawal
An individual's investment allocation is a big factor to consider when deciding a proper optimal withdrawal rate of savings in retirement, but there are many other factors to consider as well.
Edward Jones Self-Dealing ERISA Challenge Leads to $3M Settlement

The plaintiffs accused Edward Jones of favoring its own investments and those of its “preferred partners” in its 401(k) plan, at the expense of performance; they also raised questions about excess recordkeeping fees.

Many Retirees Spending More Than They Expected

However, retirees spend 32% less than non-retirees.

Pension Plan Glide Paths Need to Evolve
As funding status improves, it is important for most employers to take pension investment risk off the table and move to liability-driven strategies.
ERISA Litigators Reflect on Lessons Learned in 2018
Lessons learned from district and appellate court decisions filed this year can help plan sponsor clients better protect their plans and fiduciary staff; 2018 also brought new trends in regulatory audits and investigations of advisers.

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

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

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