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Week ending March 17, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week we learned that Roth accounts almost always generate more retirement wealth for investors, but also, the shift from employer-sponsored defined benefit (DB) plans to defined contribution (DC) plans has resulted in lower income replacement in retirement. Plan providers are stepping up to help encourage lifetime income products in DC plans and to improve financial wellness program offerings. And, profiles for our 2017 Plan Sponsor of the Year finalists are now online. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend.
EDITOR'S CHOICE
Awards
2017 Best in Class 401(k) Winners
PLANSPONSOR has announced and published details about its 2017 Best in Class 401(k) winners.
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Awards
2017 Plan Sponsor of the Year Award Finalists
Profiles of our 2017 Plan Sponsor of the Year finalists are now available. Get to know their stories.
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Investing
Providers, Plan Sponsors Focusing on Retirement Income
The evolution of qualified default investment alternative (QDIA) structures, and the expanding flexibility for retirement income solutions are two key trends in the defined contribution (DC) space for 2017, according to the latest findings by global research and consulting firm Cerulli Associates.
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Administration
Recordkeepers Amping Up Financial Wellness Resources
Forty percent of the recordkeepers within Corporate Insight’s Retirement Plan Monitor (RPM) coverage group are either completely overhauling or making significant enhancements to existing content.
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Data and Research
Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans Generating Less Income
The shift from DB plans to DC plans has resulted in a decline in income replacement rates, a study finds.
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MOST POPULAR STORIES
Investing
Roth Often Delivers Greater Ending Wealth
Authors of a new research report tell PLANSPONSOR they were surprised by just how well the Roth approach performed in the comparative analysis versus traditional IRAs. 
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Compliance
ERISA Prohibited Transaction Challenge Against TIAA Dismissed
Based on the facts alleged in an amended complaint, the court “concludes that TIAA is not a fiduciary of the plans, thus foreclosing the legal and equitable relief requested.”
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
T. Rowe Price Hires Head of Large Retirement Sales; PanAgora Asset Appoints Strategic Relationship Manager; and Guardian Hires Chief Communications Officer
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Research
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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Compliance
401(k) Nondiscrimination Tests Explained
With acronyms like ADP, ACP, NHCEs, and HCEs, the technicality of 401(k) plan nondiscrimination testing may seem overwhelming.
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com
Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com
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