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Week ending February 24, 2017
Hello PLANSPONSOR readers, and happy Friday! For starters, winners for the 2017 Best in Class 401(k) Plans are now up! Congratulations to all of our recipients. In other news; are Millennials the driving solution in increasing impact, or economic, social and governance (ESG) investing? Also, if you could add 30 years to your life in order to increase retirement savings, would you see it as a blessing, or a curse? Studies dive into the issue of longevity, and how plan sponsors can help participants maximize their savings. What’s more, research finds that most parents and grandparents would rather focus on their family and retirement needs rather than smaller luxuries, and Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D., president of Penley Consulting, LLC, discusses components of retirement plans for higher education employees. 
Millennials Could Drive More ESG Investing
A new survey by American Century Investments examines Millennials’ preferences pertaining to “impact” or “environmental, social and governance” (ESG) investing programs.
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Data and Research
Retirement Savers Mixed on Whether Longevity Is a Bonus
More than half (55%) of respondents to a T. Rowe Price survey said an additional 30 years of life would be “both a blessing and a curse.” 
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Helping Employees Address Longevity in Retirement
Until defined contribution (DC) plans embrace annuities, participants need more education and a healthier lifestyle.
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Data and Research
Parents, Grandparents Willing to Forego Spending to Save for Retirement
Parents and grandparents are keeping their sights on their retirement needs as well as raising their children—and to do so, they are willing to forgo treating themselves to life’s little luxuries, according to the TD Ameritrade Parents and Grandparents Retirement Survey. 
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Industry Voices
Keeping All Options Available for Higher Education Retirees
Too many Americans are financially ill-prepared for retirement. This year’s annual survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found only 21% of respondents were “very confident” they will have enough money in retirement, and a large majority are behind where they should be with their savings.
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Deals and People
PLANSPONSOR Announces 2017 Best in Class 401(k) Plans
Plans were rated by way of a proprietary system that weighted usage/implementation of more than 30 criteria related to plan design, oversight/governance and participant outcomes.
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
OneAmerica appoints president of Retirement Services; ICMA-RC hires managing vice president of investments; O'Neil Digital Solutions expands DC plan communications; and more.
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T. Rowe Price Latest Target of Self-Dealing Lawsuit
A lawsuit accuses T. Rowe Price and its affiliates of not only offering just proprietary funds in the company’s 401(k) plan, but only offering the highest-priced versions of those funds.
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Data and Research
Retirement Preparedness Requires Course Corrections
Americans are feeling unprepared for retirement but are willing to take steps to ensure more financial security later in life.
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2016 Recordkeeping Survey
The market's growth has manifested itself with more recordkeeping assets concentrated in the 20 largest providers. This trend also highlights the homogenization and commoditization of a growing number of recordkeeper services that were considered added value just ten years ago. Although providers in the 2016 PLANSPONSOR Recordkeeping Survey are ranked according to various criteria, none of the rankings can definitively answer the question of whether bigger recordkeepers are better recordkeepers.
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer
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