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Week ending May 12, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced health savings account (HSA) limits for 2018. A feature article probes whether changes to managed accounts will make them comparable options to target-date funds (TDFs). Parties in one challenge to pension plans’ ‘church plan’ status have reached a settlement. And, Wells Fargo has introduced an annuity for defined contribution (DC) plans. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Investing
The Evolution of Managed Accounts
As managed account assets climb, these solutions are seeing major shifts in product development, and they can be especially efficient for certain participant demographics.
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Compliance
IRS Sets 2018 HSA Limits
For calendar year 2018, the annual limitation on deductions for an individual with self-only coverage under a high-deductible health plan is $3,450.
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Segal Group names Chief Actuary; PSCA names Executive Director; Former BlackRock Exec launches Retirement Readiness firm; and more.
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Administration
Participants Still Lack Understanding of Fee Disclosures
Years after the DOL required fee disclosures be made to retirement plan participants, participant awareness continues to lack, but improvements may be coming.
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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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EDITOR’S CHOICE
Compliance
Parties Reach Settlement in Church Plan Challenge
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System has agreed to make payments to its pension plans over five years.
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Deals and People
Prudential Retirement Appoints New CEO
An industry veteran from within the company will climb the ranks to lead Prudential Financial’s retirement business.
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Products
Wells Fargo Launches Annuity Option with MetLife
To combat the risk of living out retirement income, Wells Fargo and MetLife are rolling out an annuity option which will provide participants with payments on or before their 85th birthday.
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Investing
Fixed-Income Holdings Should Inform TDF Series Selection
Fixed-income investments play a crucial role in overall target-date fund performance, but a new report suggests plan sponsors spend far more time thinking about the equity side.
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Benefits
Employers Taking Various Steps to Manage Health Care Costs
Recognizing that no single change will radically transform the cost structure of health care programs, U.S. employers are instead following a strategy of taking many concurrent steps to manage costs, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson.
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com
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