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Aon Retirement and Investment Blog

Defined Contribution Recordkeepers—Current Trends

Recordkeeping continues to be a competitive industry, as vendors invest in technology and look for ways to differentiate themselves. When evaluating a vendor’s performance, or conducting a vendor search, we believe plan sponsors should look beyond fees and consider whether their participants have access to new products and services. 

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Will Your Employees Be Retirement Ready?

The Real Deal: 2018 Retirement Income Adequacy at U.S. Plan Sponsors study provides powerful insights into retirement savings behavior and investment experience at U.S. private-sector plan sponsors. The 2018 study offers insight into the overall retirement readiness of U.S. workers and a benchmark for employers across 28 different industries as they measure the effectiveness and sufficiency of their programs.

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The U.S. DOL Fiduciary Rule…Delayed Again, But Which Provisions?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) delayed full implementation of the controversial “new rule” regarding fiduciary advice.

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Overcoming Concerns with Managed Accounts

Managed accounts can offer benefits to many participants over a standard target date fund, but concerns about fiduciary responsibilities and cost remain a barrier. If plan sponsors think holistically about the benefits and follow a process when evaluating and monitoring providers these concerns can be overcome.

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As the DB Door Closes, the DC Retirement Income Door Opens

The role of defined contribution (DC) plans has been increasing for years. DC plans have moved from being simply supplemental savings vehicles to the primary retirement plan. Is your plan designed to provide withdrawal options to facilitate a retirement withdrawal strategy?

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The DOL Fiduciary Rule…DELAYED!

This post highlights the potential changes in the U.S. to the fiduciary obligations required by The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 as well as the impact of those changes expected by plan sponsors.

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What is the effect of superannuation on the Australian Economy?

At AUD 2.1 trillion dollars, Australia’s superannuation assets are greater than the country’s gross domestic product. Would increasing the mandatory contribution rate be good or bad for the Australian economy?

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Japan Update: Private DC is on the Rise

In Japan, legislative changes broadening the eligibility of private DC pension plans came into effect from January 1, 2017. This briefing note covers reactions in the market and implications for employers. 

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Excess Fee Litigation in the U.S. Hits 403(b) Plans

In light of lawsuits recently filed against several prominent higher education institutions, we have identified a number of prudent and practical steps (best practices) that plan fiduciaries should consider regarding their 403(b) plans – many of which may also be quite appropriate for 401(a) plan sponsors to consider.

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Capital Preservation in DC Plans Deserves a Second Look

Though it may be easy to overlook an asset class generally characterized by safety and stability, it is imperative for plan sponsors to take a second look at the capital preservation options in their programs and evaluate the fiduciary implications associated with the offerings.

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