If your 401(k) plan offers participants the opportunity to invest in a managed account or a target-date fund (TDF), yours is among the majority. These options give employees access to professional investment assistance, which in turn, may help them achieve higher returns, according to a recent paper.
Ninety-three percent of companies offer TDFs and 58% offer managed accounts in a defined contribution account, thereby providing professional investment assistance. Among these plans, 12% of employees are enrolled in a managed account, and 42% are full TDF users, according to the results.
What impact does participating in a TDF or managed account have on employee account balances? The survey found that, over the most recent 10-year period, one quarter of participants who did not use professional investment assistance (i.e., by investing in a managed account or investing at least 95% in a TDF) saw investment returns that were 2% or less on an annualized basis. However, among workers invested in a managed account or at least 95% invested in a TDF, just 4% saw investment returns of 2% or less.
Learn more about how professional investment assistance affects participant account balances in The impact of managed accounts and target date funds in defined contribution plans, 2007-2016 from Alight Solutions (free registration required). See https://tinyurl.com/Advice-managed-TDF
Plan Sponsor’s Quarterly Calendar
- Audit third quarter payroll and plan deposit dates to ensure
compliance with the Department of Labor’s rules regarding timely
deposit of participant contributions and loan repayments
- Verify that employees who became eligible for the plan between July 1 and September 30 received and returned an enrollment form. Follow up for forms that were not returned.
- For calendar year safe harbor plans, issue the required notice to employees during October or November (within 30 to 90 days of the beginning of the plan year to which the safe harbor is to apply). Also, within the same period, distribute the appropriate notice if the plan features an EACA (Eligible Automatic Contribution Arrangement), QACA (Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement) and/or QDIA (Qualified Default Investment Alternative).
- Prepare to issue a payroll stuffer or other announcement to employees to publicize the plan’s advantages and benefits, and any plan changes becoming effective in January.
- Conduct a campaign to encourage participants to review and, if necessary, update their mailing addresses to ensure their receipt of Form 1099-R to be mailed in January for reportable plan transactions in 2018.
- Check current editions of enrollment materials, fund prospectuses
and other plan information that is available to employees to ensure
that they are up to date.
- Prepare to send year-end payroll and updated census data to the plan’s recordkeeper in January for year-end compliance testing (calendar-year plans).
- Verify that participants who terminated during the second half of the year selected a distribution option for their account balance and returned the necessary form.
- Review plan operations to determine if any ERISA or tax-qualification violations occurred during the year and if using an IRS or DOL self-correction program would be appropriate.
Consult your plan’s financial, legal or tax advisor regarding these and other items that may apply to your plan.
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