New Disclosure Requirements Proposed for Self-Directed Defined Contribution Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued proposed regulations that would require all participant-directed individual account plans (e.g., 401(k) and profit-sharing plans) to make additional disclosures to participants. The regulations are part of the DOL’s continued emphasis on ensuring plan participants and beneficiaries have all the information they need to make informed decisions regarding the management and investment of their retirement savings. If finalized, the regulations would apply for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2009.

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