PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 3rd, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. We all know that defined contribution plans represent the future of the U.S. retirement system—especially for the outlook of Millennials and Gen X. But it should also be noted that defined benefit pensions still represent a significant portion of the total assets saved today for retirement. Below you’ll find tips and strategies for servicing the still-sizable DB market with your DC skills. 
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Take PLANSPONSOR’s 2016 Survey of Third Party Administrators
PLANSPONSOR magazine is conducting this survey to provide retirement plans and their advisers a sense of the employer-sponsored retirement plan TPA market. Follow the link to participate and for more information. Read more >
Funding a Major Focus of DB Plan Sponsors
  While some companies still need to improve just to reach the minimum funded level required by law, others are working towards higher funded ratios for their pension plans. Advisers can help in both cases.    Read more >
DB Pension Buyout Market Maintains Impressive Pace
The latest U.S. Group Annuity Risk Transfer Survey from LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute shows group pension buy-out sales reached $1.084 billion in the first quarter of 2016. Buyouts are a complex maneuver during which advice can be invaluable.  Read more >
Considering Risk Transfer Top of Mind for DB Plan Sponsors
A recent survey demonstrates that pension risk management remains top of mind for many plan sponsors, and that a significant percentage of them are actively researching their de-risking options. Read more >
Consider Borrowing to Fund for DB Clients
Borrowing to fund pension deficits provides plan sponsors with a way to replace variable and potentially volatile debt obligation with a known, certain amount of debt at a fixed funding cost. Read more >
DB Plan Clients Facing a New Credit Market Liquidity Outlook
Pension plan sponsors want and need help assessing whether they are in the right vehicle structures or funds offering the right liquidity terms. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

PPL Corp. and Mass Brigham General Face ERISA Lawsuits

Imprudent investments and excessive fees were themes of lawsuits filed last week against retirement plan fiduciaries.

70% of Eligible Employees Have Joined California’s State-Run Retirement Program

Early evidence suggests the mandate for employers that don’t offer a retirement plan to join CalSavers is driving adoption of new plans.

Retirement Plan Advisers Might Help Lessen ERISA Lawsuits by Adding Defensive Provisions
Advisers can assist plan sponsors with mitigating and preventing claims for benefits and other Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims.
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