Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
July 17th, 2015
ESOP Sponsor May Have Had Heightened Duty to Disclose
A federal court has found questions exist as to whether a privately-held company anticipating a sale or merger should have disclosed business information to a retirement plan participant who sold his shares of company stock he held in the plan after resigning. Read more >
Bill Extends Provision for Using Surplus Pension Funding
Under legislation pending in the U.S. House, over-funded pension plans would have a longer time period in which they could use surpluses to pay for retiree health and life insurance benefits. Read more >
Voya Asks DOL to Ease Up on Fiduciary Rule
Voya Financial says it understands it is the Department of Labor’s intent to better protect workers and retirees, but it is “very concerned” that the DOL’s new fiduciary proposal would likely do the opposite. Read more >
Delivering Advice Through Managed Accounts
The retirement planning industry for years has pondered how to bridge the gap—how to transform nominal participants into committed investors and savers. Managed accounts are one powerful approach, according to Steve Dorval, vice president of wealth solutions for John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. Read more >
Barnabas Health Latest to Settle ERISA Suit
The Role of the 401(k) in Today’s Tight Labor Market
Excessive Fee ERISA Complaint Targets Cook Group
Retirement Industry People Moves
MITRE Corp. Faces Familiar ERISA Fiduciary Breach Allegations
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Communicating Complicated Benefit Packages
It’s a significant challenge for sponsors of both DB and DC plans to take charge of communications and participant education. Read more >
Overspending Means Retirement Trouble
Two in ten employees say spending too much is the biggest financial mistake they have made—about double the number citing a lack of retirement savings as their biggest financial problem. The numbers belie some serious cognitive disconnections between retirement and the other financial challenges faced by the typical American. Read more >
Pension Funds Top Alternatives Investors
Real estate is the most popular alternative asset class for pensions, a survey shows. Taken together, total assets managed by the top 100 alternative investment managers globally reached $3.5 trillion in 2014—up from $3.3 trillion in 2013. Read more >
Social Security Strategies Look at Angle for Same-Sex Couples
Prudential’s 2012 “Innovative Strategies to Help Maximize Social Security Benefits” has been updated to address concerns for same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court decision. Read more >
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