Sponsors of 403(b) plans took steps forward in managing their plans over the past three years—despite a grueling economy and sweeping new regulation, according to a new survey of 403(b) plan sponsors from the Profit Sharing/401k Council of America (PSCA).
The survey, sponsored by the Principal Financial Group, also revealed that the vast majority (73%) of 403(b) sponsors held firm on making employer contributions to their plans and 40% of those that suspended matches are now restoring them.
“We saw real stability in the midst of volatility as 403(b) plans began restoring employer matches at the same rates as 401(k) plans,” says David Wray, PSCA president, about results from the just-released 403(b) Plan Response to Changing Conditions survey. “We also saw a significant increase in employee education as 403(b) sponsors helped employees focus on rebuilding. That may explain why these plans also report increased participation.”