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Webcasts, Conferences

The Case for an Operational Review of Your 403(b) Plan
September 15, 2020 WEBCAST
HANYS Benefit Services

What You Should Know About Your Retirement Plan
September 15, 2020 WEBCAST
Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA], U.S. Department of Labor

De-Risking Trends for 2020 and Beyond
September 16, 2020 WEBCAST

New Tools for a Better Retirement: Dashboards and Tontine Solutions for Americans
September 17, 2020 WEBCAST
Brookings Institution

COVID-19 and Retirement
September 23, 2020 WEBCAST
Conference of Consulting Actuaries

More SECURE: The First IRS Guidance
September 24, 2020 WEBCAST

IRA Required Minimum Distributions
October 6, 2020 WEBCAST

Mergers & Acquisitions
October 15, 2020 WEBCAST

So, You Think You're Ready for the Tricycle DC Restatements?
October 21, 2020 WEBCAST

Nonqualified Deferred Comp 2020 Survey Results
December 10, 2020 WEBCAST
PSCA [Plan Sponsor Council of America]

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[Guidance Overview]

Best Interest Standard of Care for Advisors, Part 30

"[T]he SEC requires that four factors be considered in developing a recommendation for a retail customer: the customer's investment profile, potential risks and rewards, and costs.... [O]ne approach for compliance might be to have a defined process for gathering the information, evaluating it in light of the retail customer's investment profile, and making a recommendation that bears a reasonable relationship to the information and that is in the best interest of the investor. However, that still leaves a lot of grey." Icon to read more


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DOL Proposes Tightened Proxy Voting Guidelines

"One possible consequence of the proposal is a chilling effect on proxy voting, particularly in situations where it may be difficult to determine or prove that the subject of a vote would have a clear financial impact on the plan. Just as the DOL's proposed ESG rule may seemingly create a larger hurdle for ESG adoption in DC plans, the proposed proxy voting rule may make it more difficult for plan fiduciaries to vote on matters tied to non-economic considerations, which may or may not include ESG considerations." Icon to read more


To Vote or Not to Vote, That Is the Proxy Question for the Retirement Plan Fiduciary

"The DOL allows the fiduciary to sometimes vote and sometimes not vote. With the SEC, it's all or nothing. Does the DOL represent a more practical procedure?" Icon to read more

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Sixth Circuit Rules in Favor of PBGC in Dispute Over Termination of Delphi Corporation's Pension Plan

"[T]he Sixth Circuit conducted a detailed analysis of the statute and determined that pension plan terminations do not necessarily require a judicial adjudication.... Because PBGC had reached an agreement with Delphi regarding the termination and trusteeship of the pension plan, it had complied with the statute. The court noted that this conclusion was consistent with Second Circuit case law ... and that Plaintiffs had not cited any authority supporting their proposed interpretation, i.e., that termination of a distressed pension plan must be accomplished through court adjudication." [Black v. PBGC, No. 19-1419 (6th Cir. Sept. 1, 2020)] Icon to read more

Kantor & Kantor

Retirement Readiness May Be at Risk for People of Color

"More than half (52%) of POC say they believe they have plenty of time to save for retirement. Less than half (46%) say they have made progress with setting long-term financial goals. Less than one-third (32%) of POC are currently working with a financial professional.... [L]ess than half of POC respondents report ownership of investments and accounts that can help with retirement security. This includes participation in employee sponsored plans (48%) and ownership of accounts including life insurance (33%), IRAs (21%) and fixed or variable annuities (5%)." Icon to read more

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America


Plan Advisor Checklist: Identifying the Best Retirement Plan Prospects

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Pension Plan Glidepath: An Investment Opportunity

"Plan sponsors, especially those overseeing plans with high interest rate hedge ratios, can estimate equity market levels when growth assets would be sold. Knowing today the level of where future equity transactions will happen leads to an investment opportunity now for plan sponsors. The opportunity is to monetize the future decision to sell equities through the selling of a 'call' option and collecting a premium." Icon to read more

River and Mercantile Solutions

Retirement Investment Update, September 2020

"The US stock market had its best August since 1986, with the S&P500 hitting new all-time highs led by technology stocks. Pension interest rates increased as well, offsetting the declines seen in July. Many plans will see funded status improvements over the month that are relatively larger than a typical monthly move but will most likely see them still down year-to-date." Icon to read more

River and Mercantile Solutions

NISA Pension Surplus Risk Index Rises in August

"The NISA Pension Surplus Risk index rose 0.6 percentage points in August to 7.5% due to an increase in both the interest rate and return-seeking asset volatility. The average plan funded status increased by 3.3 percentage points, to 87.3% in August from 84% in July.... The Pension Surplus Risk index, or PSRX, is a forward-looking estimate of the funded status volatility of U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plans." Icon to read more

Pensions & Investments

Executive Compensation
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Mitigating the Risks of Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans (PDF)

"This transformation of pre-tax into after-tax -- at no increase in investment risk -- is the essential genius of non-qualified deferred compensation plans. If the caveats can be overcome, there is probably no better investment vehicle for executives who have already exhausted their opportunities under qualified plans and IRAs. This is especially true if the deferred comp plan has return options that themselves present diversified exposures to desired components of the executive's overall portfolio." Icon to read more


Strategies for Protecting Non-Qualified Plan Accounts from Bankruptcy Risk (PDF)

"[1] Risk pooling ... [2] Rabbi trust ... [3] Laddering strategy ... [4] Limit exposure ... [5] Investment allocation ... [6] NQ plan document ... The best time to take advantage of [these strategies] is well before there are any dark clouds on the horizon. Some ... are no longer available after your employer's credit rating begins to drop." Icon to read more


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Filing Deadline for Final Form 5500 for DB Plan Having a Short Plan Year

"Can someone please offer clarification on the final filing deadline for a DB plan with short plan year and extension? The short plan year is for 2020 and the assets were  liquidated on 2/7/2020. That said, without an extension, the 5500 is due by 9/7/2020, right? Also, would the 5558 need to use a plan year end date of 9/7/2020 with an extension date of 11/22/2020." Icon to read more

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