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Week ending October 21, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! If you miss the days when workers had pensions, one provider reminds us that there’s another type of defined benefit plan that doesn’t carry the cost burden for employers that traditional pensions do. Also worth another look, according to another provider, are managed account innovations. Another lawsuit was filed against Wells Fargo this week—the fastest, it seems, the plaintiffs’ bar has jumped on a company’s alleged wrongdoing. Research shows that it’s not only student loans, but also health care costs, causing retirement plan participants not to save more. And speaking of health care costs, it seems consumer-driven health plans are no longer providing the cost savings to employers they once did. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend.
EDITOR'S CHOICE
Investing
Managed Account Innovations Call for Second Look
Some providers are encouraging a type of hybrid approach, bringing together the best of both TDFs and managed accounts.
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Benefits
Employees Cutting Retirement Plan Savings Due to Health Care Costs
Many employees experiencing health care cost increases decreased contributions to retirement plans, the Employee Benefit Research Institute finds.
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Benefits
CDHPs Offer Less Savings Than a Year Ago
Enrollment in consumer-driven health plans still continues to rise, however, according to United Benefit Advisors.
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Participants
Student Loans Hinder Participants From Saving More for Retirement
Workers with student loans are participating in employer-sponsored retirement plans at a lower rate than those without outstanding student loan debt, a survey finds.
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Compliance
Wells Fargo Targeted in Second Stock Drop Complaint
According to plaintiffs, a refusal to purchase company stock is not a “transaction” within the meaning of insider trading prohibitions and would not have required any independent disclosures.
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MOST POPULAR STORIES
Benefits
A Pension Plan That Makes No Promises
The accrued benefit of a variable benefit plan is tied to market performance, relieving sponsors of having to support underfunded plans.
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
AXA appoints divisional VP for tax-exempt retirement plan market; Integrated Retirement partners with Advaney Associates on participant communications; Connecticut Treasurer appoints new deputy CIO for Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds; and more.
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Administration
Financial Wellness Programs Need More Than Just Education
If a financial wellness program isn’t producing results, try getting personal.
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Administration
How New Overtime Rules Will Affect Retirement Plans
The rules may add retirement plan related costs to employers, and could help or hurt nondiscrimination testing.
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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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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com
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