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Avoiding DC class actions

Earlier this summer, Fidelity Investments settled two lawsuits brought by employees over the company’s own 401(k) plan. The suits alleged the firm offered employees its own higher-cost mutual funds when cheaper fund options were available and charged recordkeeper fees that were too high for a plan of its size. Fidelity contends the suits were “without merit” but settled for $12 million, which will be shared among more than 50,000 employees.

Help your retiring DC members

A few years back, we held a session at the annual Avantages Montreal DC conference and asked the sponsor audience how likely they would get involved in helping DC members optimize their retirement income, post-accumulation. Sadly, only two out of the 50 or so sponsors present said they would. But it looks like things are changing.

DC retirement income levels decline

Replacement income levels generated by capital accumulation plans declined to 63% in the first quarter of 2014, according to Eckler’s Capital Accumulation Plan Income Tracker.

  • By: Staff
  • May 21, 2014 September 13, 2019
  • 12:19
The legal risks of disengaged DC members

With funding risk in a DB pension plan borne by the employer, DB plan sponsors have little need or incentive to engage members—beyond annual statements—until they terminate plan membership or retire. In contrast, the shifting of investment responsibility and risk to members in a DC plan means those members need access to more information about investments, as well as education around the options available through the plan and how to select those options.

CAPSA releases draft DC guideline for comment

The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) has released a draft Defined Contribution Pension Plans Guideline for comment from the pension industry.

  • By: Staff
  • July 18, 2012 September 13, 2019
  • 10:53
Governing your pension plan

Pension standards legislation in Canada allows an employer to act as the administrator of its single employer pension plan. However, as a plan administrator, an employer must remember two points: do no harm and take no advantage, says Randy Bauslaugh, a partner in the Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation Group with McCarthy Tétrault, LLP.