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A sustainable retirement plan for sponsors and participants

The Milliman Sustainable Income PlanTM (SIP) is a good retirement plan option for employers seeking predictable contributions while offering employees lifelong income. According to Milliman consultant Kelly Coffing, the SIP offers sponsors and participants the following:

• Professional asset management throughout participants’ working and retired years
• Maximized retirement benefits per dollar of employer contribution
• Lifelong inflation-protected income
• Stable, predictable contributions for sponsors

For more perspective, read Kelly’s article in Money Management Intelligence entitled “Retirement plan innovation that opens up investment possibilities.”

The Stabilized Variable Annuity Pension Plan (VAPP) is now the Milliman Sustainable Income PlanTM(SIP).

Communicating a defined benefit plan conversion

Milliman consultants assisted one particular multiemployer defined benefit plan’s transition to a stabilized Milliman Sustainable Income Plan™ (SIP), formerly known as the variable annuity pension plan (VAPP). The conversion required a communication strategy conveying the new plan’s design to participants. In this article, Jessica Gonchar describes how the firm implemented an employee communications campaign explaining the basic principles of a SIP and how it differs from the prior plan.

Retirement risks side by side: DB vs. DC vs. VAPP

The Variable Annuity Pension Plan (VAPP) is now the Milliman Sustainable Income PlanTM (SIP).

In this video blog, I discuss the retirement risk allocation between a plan sponsor and the plan’s participants in a variable annuity pension plan (VAPP) structure compared with risks associated with traditional defined benefit (DB) plans and defined contribution (DC) plans. I also explain how a VAPP can reduce risks of inflation, portability, and interest rate.

View our VAPP video blog series here.

For more information on VAPPs, click here, or visit our VAPP reading list.

Benefits side by side: DC vs. DB vs. VAPP

Coffing-KellyThe Variable Annuity Pension Plan (VAPP) is now the Milliman Sustainable Income PlanTM (SIP).

Variable annuity pension plans (VAPPs) provide secure, lifelong, inflation-protected retirement benefits. VAPPs combine the best of what traditional defined benefit plans do regarding longevity protection and lifelong income and what defined contribution plans can do to combat inflation. In this presentation, I explain the advantages for retirees of VAPPs compared with these more traditional plan structures.

For more information on VAPPs, click here, or visit our reading list.

Plan funding side by side: Traditional DB and VAPP

Coffing-KellyThe Variable Annuity Pension Plan (VAPP) is now the Milliman Sustainable Income PlanTM (SIP).

In recent months, we have featured quite a few articles on the resurgence in popularity of variable annuity pension plans (VAPPs). They provide lifelong inflation-protected benefits to participants while employers make predictable plan contributions, similar to 401(k) plans.

In this presentation, I discuss how funding a VAPP compares with funding a traditional defined benefit pension plan. The presentation also touches on how Milliman helps plan sponsors stabilize benefits for retirees through reserves.

For more information on VAPPs, click here, or visit our reading list.

Employee communications: Transition to a Sustainable Income Plan

tenBroek-HeidiRetirement plan sponsors are increasingly considering transitioning their current retirement plans to the Milliman Sustainable Income Plan™ (SIP). This allows them to have stable costs like those of a 401(k) plan, while providing participants with reliable, lifelong income like a traditional pension plan.

Communicating the change to a SIP, however, may feel daunting for plan sponsors. Effective communications ensure that employees understand how the SIP works, how it will affect them, and why a SIP is a stable retirement solution for the sponsor and for them. Breaking down plan concepts into digestible, clear messages is key. Using a variety of communication vehicles—meetings, newsletters, personalized projections, etc.—increases the odds of success. In fact, we’ve found employees are excited about SIPs once they understand how they work.

A short video created for employees can be one of your most powerful tools in communicating a new kind of benefit. The combination of images, written text, and oral explanations are very effective in conveying how a SIP works. It provides a solid foundation and a basic understanding that makes the detailed communications to follow more accessible. Below is a sample video created as an introduction to a SIP transition.

Note that the Milliman Sustainable Income Plan™ (SIP) was called a Variable Annuity Pension Plan (VAPP) at the time this video was produced.

For more Milliman perspective on SIP, click here.