February 16, 2017
Research shows that as participants near retirement their need for advice and customization increases. A dynamic qualified default investment alternative (QDIA) is a solution that can integrate the benefits of a target-date fund (TDF) with those of a managed account to provide customization when participants need it most.
December 13, 2016
Low interest rates and steadily increasing PBGC premiums have created an opportunity for companies to pursue a borrow-to-fund strategy aimed at reducing pension risk and creating shareholder value. Many sponsors of underfunded plans can borrow at attractive rates today, contribute the proceeds to their plans, and diminish or eliminate pension deficits and variable PBGC premiums. Join us for an up-to-date perspective on the economic rationale and considerations of this approach in light of an overall pension risk-reduction strategy.
November 10, 2016
For many American workers, the defined contribution (DC) plan has become their primary source of retirement savings. Still, many will be ill-prepared to meet their income needs, post-retirement. The primary reasons for this are that plan participants fail to save enough and they have behavioral biases that lead to poor outcomes before and after they retire.
October 27, 2016
PLANSPONSOR has teamed up with the all new Voya Behavioral Finance Institute for Innovation to tackle the latest challenge facing all plan sponsors. How are you helping your employees save in the digital age?
November 2, 2016
Are you aware that you can allow your participants to make a positive social and/or environmental impact through your DC plan? We refer to this approach as Sustainable Investing which can allow investors to make a positive impact without sacrificing competitive potential performance opportunity.
October 20, 2016
Financial wellness has evolved tremendously over the last 18 months. Suddenly we are seeing many recordkeeping firms and investment managers all offering free financial wellness programs.
October 13, 2016
Today's active regulatory and litigation environment, combined with the ongoing search for the perfect post-retirement solution, has contributed to a "wait-and-see" mentality in the DC industry. But what incremental changes to plan design and investment choices can be made today to help plan participants increase future retirement success? And what is the level of effort needed for such changes?
October 4, 2016September 20, 2016
In a very special forum—free and exclusively for plan sponsors—the editors of PLANSPONSOR and PLANADVISER magazines invite you to join them and two industry experts who will discuss: Recent findings from MetLife's new Lifetime Income Poll, which assessed plan sponsors' awareness of, and knowledge about, the important strides the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Treasury have made in recent years, and are contemplating for the future, to strengthen Americans' retirement security through lifetime income.; and Plan sponsors' current perspectives about the core purpose of a defined contribution (DC) plan, including considerations and best practices for delivering income solutions to plan participants.
Ten years since passage of the Pension Protection Act (PPA), and six since Northern Trust Asset Management's first Path Forward, one thing is clear: Defined contribution (DC) plans can still achieve more.June 23, 2016
In a very special forum—free and exclusively for plan sponsors—the editors of PLANSPONSOR and PLANADVISER magazines gathered with a panel of industry experts—including one of the nation’s leading institutional investment consultants, one of its largest and most successful retirement plan recordkeepers and one of its top benefits attorneys—to discuss: * Motivating communication strategies * Engaging Boomers and Millennials * Six plan actions to drive better retirement outcomes * Legal and regulatory trends * Macro trends in defined contribution/defined benefit/nonqualified plans * Requests for proposal and benchmarking trends and results * Fee allocation trends * Plan redesign trends * Investment menu trendsJune 9, 2016
The editors of PLANSPONSOR and PLANADVISER convened a panel of defined contribution (DC) industry veterans: a representative of a large plan sponsor, one of the nation’s top benefits attorneys and a leading asset manager. They discussed the shift in thought about active vs. passive menu options.May 17, 2016
This discussion will explore how behavioral finance can be integrated into a DC plan to addresses various participant needs and behavioral constraints. We will take a closer look at how participants have reacted to the recent market volatility - in particular, how target date funds and other options on the menu might impact their ability to reach their retirement goals. We will also explore what retirement income options should be included in the plan. Can a single income solution sufficiently address the majority of participant needs?May 10, 2016
Health care costs in retirement may pose a significant risk to retirement readiness for employees. What can employers do to help? In this webinar sponsored by PNC Retirement Solutions℠, learn about the current landscape of health care costs in retirement and how employers can help put their employees on a path to achieve retirement readiness.May 5, 2016
Join BlackRock's Amy Whitelaw, Head of US Index Asset Allocation, Russell Investments' John Greves, Portfolio Manager, Multi-Asset Solutions, Voya's Paul Zemsky, Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions and Aon Hewitt's Bill Ryan, Associate Partner, Investment Consulting, as they discuss key considerations for plan sponsors as they evaluate their target date fund offerings to ensure they meet the needs of both active and retired participants.April 19, 2016
The Department of Labor (DOL) has published the final version of its "conflict of interest" rule to expand the definition of "fiduciary" under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). What are the implications for plan sponsors?April 21, 2016
This presentation will demonstrate how some of the same solutions employed in the qualified plan arena can be applied to reduce risk for executive nonqualified pension plansMarch 3, 2016
Please join Prudential's Mark Maizel and special guest Mark Singer, president and founder of Financial Literacy Toolbox, as we review this year’s survey results and share other recent data that exposes the challenges the industry faces when working to educate and communicate to plan participants.December 8, 2015
Join Russell Investments’ Head of Institutional Defined Contribution, Josh Cohen, and Portfolio Manager John Greves, as well as Jamie Fleckner, partner in Goodwin Procter's Litigation Department and Chair of its ERISA Litigation Practice, as they provide practical insights to help you understand some of the fiduciary and investment considerations in selecting between active and passive DC investments, and help you make prudent decisions for the benefit of your participants.November 17, 2015
Register now, and take away five action items Morningstar Associates, LLC, believes can make a meaningful difference in your employees' future.September 24, 2015
Many defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors are preparing for pension risk transactions in the fourth quarter, but many others have failed to take any action.June 23, 2015
Financial wellness has evolved from a buzzword to a reality and will likely grow more important in the future. The findings of the "2015 Workplace Benefits Report"* uncover many reasons to promote employee financial wellness. Perhaps the most persuasive is that helping employees improve their financial wellness can increase their productivity, loyalty, satisfaction and engagement—boosting the bottom line.May 28, 2015
A large body of research now confirms the magnitude of the leakage problem in the U.S. retirement system. However, little has been done to investigate the behavioral drivers of leakage, especially cash-outs.May 19, 2015
Join us as Northern Trust highlights the results from the fifth edition of "The Path Forward," its defined contribution (DC) plan research series that combines the perspectives of three key DC stakeholders: plan sponsors, consultants and participantsMay 5, 2015
You've read the recent headlines: Participants aren’t prepared. Employers aren’t confident. The message is clear—retirement is in trouble. But the path toward solving the problem isn't well-defined. How can plan sponsors assist employees who are unsure of their financial futures?May 7, 2015
Effectively educating participants cannot be narrowly defined as "retirement education,” but must be viewed more comprehensively—call it "financial wellness education." Armed with basic financial skills, most employees are better prepared to take on the multifaceted challenges of achieving retirement success.March 3, 2015
The construction of a solid retirement plan lineup starts with the mix of fixed-income options you choose. Attend our live, interactive webcast to find out about an evaluation process designed to help you target the funds that best meet the needs and expectations of your participants.February 26, 2015
This webcast will highlight our 2014 MullinTBG/PLANSPONSOR Executive Benefits Survey results, with a focus on identifying barriers to participant engagement—including the surprising and not so obvious—and how we can leverage new communication and education tools that take a more intuitive and simplified approach to positively influence behavior that can lead to more successful outcomes for participants and plan sponsors alike.February 12, 2015
According to a recent study sponsored by MassMutual, America's retirees overwhelmingly report that they are enjoying themselves and discovering that pre-retirement fears of boredom, financial insecurity and lacking purpose were largely unfounded.December 11, 2014
Join Russell Investment's Managing Director of Defined Contribution Josh Cohen and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Fixed Income Gerard Fitzpatrick, as well as Towers Watson's Senior Investment Consultant Sue Walton, as they provide insights on the growing trend among defined contribution plan sponsors to move to multi-manager and white label offerings for participants, and strategies for implementing these changes. The call will further focus on why the current bond market environment creates a perfect opportunity to consider these types of solutions for a DC plan menu.November 24, 2014
Members of our fixed-income team have spotted a trend that you might find disturbing: A number of core bond funds seem to have boosted their total returns by dipping lower in credit quality—potentially adding considerable amounts of high-yield debt to retirement plan portfolios.November 18, 2014
The concerns associated with maintaining a defined contribution (DC) plan are just as great, if not greater than, those of a defined benefit (DB) plan or nonprofit endowment. Why then, as more institutional investors worldwide continue to take advantage of outsourced-CIO (OCIO) models and increased fiduciary partners, has the DC marketplace been the slowest of these groups to utilize this approach?November 12, 2014
Now is the time to redefine success in a defined contribution (DC) retirement program—aligning the objectives of plan sponsors and participants—to drive better outcomes. Accumulation is a key component of successful planning, but the conversation needs to then shift to emphasize income distribution. Thursday, December 5, 2013
The growth in target-date funds (TDFs)—and their status as qualified
default investment alternatives (QDIAs)—is changing the way plan
sponsors think about these funds....(Register now!)Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The defined contribution (DC) plan industry continues to seek ways to 1)
motivate employees to participate in employer-sponsored retirement
programs; 2) increase participants' ability to accumulate savings; and
3) help participants make better-informed decisions on how to
appropriately allocate their investments...(Register now!)Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Fixed income markets are evolving, but defined contribution plan investment menus may not be keeping up...(Register now!)Thursday, September 26, 2013
Every year, BlackRock surveys more than 1,000 participants and a broad
range of plan sponsors to uncover their beliefs about defined
contribution plans, retirement and retirement readiness.(Register now!)