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DCIIA/SPARK Public Policy Series

Revisit the DCIIA/SPARK Summer Public Policy Series

The 2020 DCIIA/SPARK Summer Public Policy Series brought to life domestic and global public policy topics with a focus on the issues of most interest and relevance to retirement and defined contribution stakeholders. This all-virtual event featured the same quality of speakers, topics, thought leadership and insights that members have come to expect from DCIIA and SPARK in-person events.

Learn more about all of our speakers and see the full event agenda here. Many thanks to our member-led event steering committee. If you have any questions, please contact us on info@dciia.org.


Fiduciary, Legal, and Regulatory Insights

See a list of all of our Summer Series speakers.

Insights from the Regulators on Recent Guidance

The Department of Labor has three pending retirement proposals that could reshape our industry. Hear directly from senior regulators at the DOL and IRS on recent guidance and what to expect for the remainder of 2020.



Deep Dive on SECURE – Open Questions on Key Operational Aspects

The SECURE Act is a welcome piece of legislation for our industry; however, open questions remain on how key aspects of this legislation will be implemented. This session is a deep dive operational review of the SECURE Act to address potential issues and open questions.



Recent Plan Litigation: Key Takeaways for Fiduciaries

Since 2008, DC plans have faced increased litigation risk. This panel reflects on lessons learned from recent cases—including the class-action lawsuit brought against American Century Services, LLC—and looks forward to potential trends on the horizon.



PEPs/MEPs: What's Next

Experts in retirement discuss key highlights from SECURE affecting PEPs/MEPs, the roles/functions associated with their delivery, regulatory oversight/plan governance, challenges/opportunities and how we move forward from here.



Data Privacy in Retirement: An Inflection Point?

With the convergence of health, retirement and wealth, there is more focus than ever at the state and federal levels on privacy and the use of information related to retirement plans. This session focuses on the current landscape and where we may be headed.



An Examination of Portability for Lifetime Income

With the expansion of lifetime income products being made available through more plans, to more participants, portability of these products has become an important concern. The SECURE Act addresses provisions for portability and other options for plan sponsors to consider.



Using Alternatives in DC Plans

Experts provide a legal analysis of the DOL’s Information Letter on using private equity in a DC plan and discuss both the investment-related and the operational benefits and challenges of using various alternative investments in DC plans.




Global Perspectives

See a list of all of our Summer Series speakers.

Universal Workplace Savings Plans

This panel focuses on the role of Universal Workplace Savings (UWS) plans in helping to maximize retirement coverage for the working population. Our panel of global experts explores the different models that have been deployed in Australia, the UK, Canada, and the US.



Pensions and the Aftermath of the Coronavirus Crisis

The global pandemic of 2020 upended all aspects of our daily lives, including how we plan and save for retirement. This session asks and tries to answer the important questions of "What is next?" and "How do we get back on track with retirement savings?"



How the World Saves: The Evolution in Global DC Systems

This session discusses the issues facing DC systems around the globe, with a focus on providing universal coverage. The Australian and UK models offer two different alternatives to a comprehensive / universal DC system, as opposed to the voluntary US system.


Global Perspectives (continued)

Global Aging and Lifetime Income: How Should Global DC Systems Cope?

Countries around the world are addressing their aging workforce and how to best provide a reliable income for life. This session looks at several countries and the approaches they are taking.



Will Europe Embrace DC Savings?

Europe's state pensions are under profound stress, driven by aging demographics, zero-bound interest rates and high levels of government debt. DC savings plans are being rolled out across the continent to supplement these plans, generate middle class wealth and raise capital for industry.



Adoption of ESG Globally

ESG investments are a hot topic for many investors and with the recent guidance from the DoL more plans are discussing their ESG policies. This session examines ESG issues and data both here and in Europe.




Plan Sponsor and Participant Perspectives

See a list of all of our Summer Series speakers.

Financial Wellness: Priorities and Challenges

Our panelists address three topics: student loan debt, emergency savings, and issues that are particularly impactful to women, such as fraud and the costs of caregiving. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, have these issues been reprioritized by policymakers, plan sponsors and participants?



Engaging Participants Post Crisis

Our panelists discuss best practices for participant re-engagement using communications solutions and highlight how financial wellness tools can help them get their retirement savings back on track.



Industry Roundtable Discussion on Lifetime Income Disclosures

Industry experts share their perspectives on how lifetime income disclosures are provided to participants.



Trust: The Most Important Factor

For DC savings plans to thrive an "ecosystem" of trust must extend from plan participants to plan sponsors, to financial service providers, insurers, advisors, asset managers, technology providers, regulators and public policy professionals.



Role of the Employer in DC Plans

In the US, retirement benefits are largely rooted in an employer-based system. This panel explores the implications of this model on American workers, how it compares to other systems offered internationally and how it might be integrated with other solutions.



Fraud Prevention

Criminals are increasingly using data from breaches to try and access participants’ accounts. The retirement industry has come together to strengthen the overall system and prevent these types of attacks. This session discusses the steps the industry is taking to better protect savers.