Tag: Plan design

Plan Success Beyond the Usual Statistics

High-level averages are often used to talk about the retirement readiness of a given defined contribution plan population, but the numbers can be misleading when it comes to assessing real outcomes for individual employees.

House Ways and Means Committee Talks Retirement Reforms

A panel of expert witnesses from across the financial services domain discussed shortcomings and opportunities for improvement in the U.S. retirement savings system; they urged House members to embrace bipartisanship and commonsense solutions.

Plan Sponsors Have Questions About Dynamic Default Investments

Progressive plan design features take time to catch on, including the emerging “hybrid QDIA” approach that pairs TDFs and managed accounts; experts say plan sponsors are interested, but they remain unsure about the right way to design and deliver a dynamic default investment.
Art by Hye Jin Chung

Strategies to Manage Retirement Plan Loans

Enshrining these in a well-crafted loan policy statement can help plan sponsor clients take control of leakage and excess early withdrawals; like any stated compliance policy, what is written must be followed.

When Auto-Roth Accounts Make More Sense

Janus Henderson research suggests the vast majority of auto-enrollment programs fund only pre-tax accounts; this is despite the fact that for younger, lower-income employees, funding a Roth account may be a more appropriate long-term option.

Art by Simone Virgini

Narrowing the Scope

Analyzing big data from the recordkeeper to measure plan and participant achievements

ERISA 404(c) Compliance Well Worth the Effort

Frederick Reish, partner in the Drinker Biddle & Reath Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group and Chair of the Financial Services ERISA Team, suggests a good way to think about ERISA Section 404(c) is as “a relatively inexpensive insurance policy.”

PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey Open

Sponsors of defined contribution (DC) plans are invited to respond to the annual PLANSPONSOR DC Survey through October 5. The survey is among our largest and most important research project of the year, but we need your clients' help for it to be a success.