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Employee Benefit Plan Newsletter – May 2017

Employees depend on plan sponsors to manage the plan in the best interest of all participants. A poorly designed investment menu can cripple participant outcomes and investment performance. Behavioral finance research suggests that participants are overwhelmed when offered too many investment options. The negative impacts of this are discussed on Page 3.

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Employee Benefit Plan Newsletter – July 2016

In previous articles, we have discussed the positive impact that 401(k) plan design features such as auto enrollment and auto escalation have had on both participation and savings rates. A less well-known and relatively new feature, auto portability, is the subject of this article. This feature not only makes it easy for both employees and plan sponsors to move retirement account balances when they change jobs, but can help increase overall retirement savings. Turn to Page 3 for more information about the potential of this feature and why you should be aware of it.

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Designing Employer Contributions to Encourage Greater Participant Savings

While matching contributions provide added incentive for employees to participate in a defined contribution (DC) plan, tailoring employer contributions can help maximize participant contribution rates. For instance, plan sponsors may want to reduce the matching percentage and increase the cap to see if the savings rate would increase without negatively impacting the participation rate.

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Employee Benefit Plan Newsletter – March 2016

Our last two newsletters featured articles about two common “auto” features used by defined contribution (DC) plans to improve participation and savings rates. Numerous studies have documented the positive impact these features have had. Beyond such auto features, there are a number of other practices that should be explored to help drive successful retirement outcomes. A plan’s approach to employer contributions, for instance, can be designed to maximize the employee’s contributions. Turn to Page 3 for a discussion of how this could be accomplished.

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How to Help Increase Your Participants’ Retirement Savings: Auto Escalation

Numerous studies have found that in order to accrue adequate money to achieve a secure retirement, the average plan participant needs to contribute between 10–15% of their annual salary. Considering that default contribution rates for plans utilizing automatic enrollment are generally in the 3% to 6% range, it is a marked gap, and one that plan sponsors can help remedy.

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