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Smooth Sailing for 403(b) Plan Sponsors



  Smooth Sailing for 403(b) Plan Sponsors

    Plan sponsors, participants adapting well to new fee disclosure rules,
       according to new survey from the Plan Sponsor Council of America

Business Wire

DES MOINES, Iowa -- December 04, 2012

New disclosure regulations from the Department of Labor (DOL) haven’t resulted
in significant changes on the part of 403(b) plan sponsors. And only a very
small percentage of participants expressed concern or confusion about the new
disclosure information.

These and other insights are included in the latest survey from the Plan
Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), Impact of Fee Disclosure Regulation on
403(b) Plan Sponsors and Participants. Sponsored by the Principal Financial
Group^®, the survey is the only one of its kind to focus specifically on
403(b) plan sponsors.

“The new disclosure rules constituted a change in how fees and other plan
information are reported, and that was cause for some concern on the part of
plan sponsors and financial professionals alike. However, our survey shows
that both plan sponsors and participants are responding well to the new
regulation,” says Bob Benish, interim president and executive director, PSCA.

According to the survey:

  * Only 19.1 percent of 403(b) plan sponsors sent out requests for proposals
    (RFPs) or requests for information (RFIs) as part of complying with the
    new regulation.
  * One-third of plan sponsors used fee disclosure information to benchmark
    their plans.
  * Just 2.3 percent of participants asked questions about the fee disclosure
    information they received.
  * An overwhelming majority (95.9 percent) of plan sponsors reported no
    changes in participant behaviors as a result of fee disclosure.

Despite the success of the initial transition, plan sponsors will continue to
need help from their financial professionals. “Financial professionals have
worked hard to help clients navigate the new disclosure regulation and assess
the reasonableness of fees. That is a process that will be ongoing, so the
role of financial professionals continues to be important,” says Aaron
Friedman, national non-profit practice leader, The Principal^®.

Full survey results are available at www.psca.org/research.

About PSCA

The Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) is a nonprofit association that
provides services, best practice information, and advocacy to defined
contribution plan sponsors. Members have access to a broad range of resources
and programs that address the varying needs of both small and large companies.
Membership includes 1,200 companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 firms to
small, entrepreneurial businesses.

For more news and insights from The Principal, connect with us on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/ThePrincipal.

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group^® (The Principal ^®)^1 is a global investment
management leader offering retirement services, insurance solutions and asset
management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional
clients a wide range of financial products and services through its diverse
family of companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500^®, the
Principal Financial Group has $392.2 billion in assets under management^2 and
serves some 18.3 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia,
Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc.
is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more
information, visit www.principal.com.

^1 “The Principal Financial Group” and “The Principal” are registered service
marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal
Financial Group.

^2 As of September 30, 2012.

Contact:

Principal Financial Group
Terri Hale, 515-283-8858
hale.terri@principal.com
or
PSCA
Robert Benish, 312-419-1863
bob.benish@psca.org
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