IRI Issues Statement on Labor’s Lifetime Income Illustrations Proposal

By Cathy Weatherford

Insured Retirement Institute (IRI)

Washington, D.C. – The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today released the following statement from IRI President and CEO Cathy Weatherford after the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) published a proposed rule to require benefit statements to provide estimated lifetime income payments based on a plan participant’s accrued benefits and projected future accrued benefits. The rule would apply to defined contribution plans such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans.

“One of the main challenges for today’s workers will be making a lifetime of savings last throughout all their retirement years. We strongly support educational initiatives that enhance Americans’ understanding of their retirement savings options and help them to develop plans for their future financial security. Providing such income illustrations will help them understand how much income can be generated from savings and adjust their savings and investment strategies accordingly so they can attain financial security during their retirement years. We thank Assistant Secretary Phyllis Borzi for her leadership on this issue and look forward to working with her and the EBSA staff to work out any details and arrive at a final rule.”

The proposed rule can be found here.

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