In the Pensions & Investments article, “No one rushing to add annuity income option,” principal Michael Kreps weighed in on whether plan sponsors will now move to offer in-plan retirement income options given the safe harbor provisions provided in the recently passed SECURE Act.

Taking into account conversations with fiduciaries for large plans recently, Kreps commented that “[s]ome will dip their toes into this.” Even if plans decide to act, it can take a year or more to complete a plan-design change, suggesting that 2021 may be a target for some employers to incorporate the in-plan lifetime income options, he said.  He added that despite the safe harbor, sponsors may continue to have general concerns about litigation. “Litigation risk makes everyone a little gun-shy,” he said. When contemplating adding an in-plan retirement income option, “sponsors have to be comfortable in justifying the product and the fees,” he said. “The benefits to participants must be justified by the costs.”

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