Plan sponsors, often in the Department of Labor's crosshairs, will have the chance to turn the tables on regulators next month.

The DOL's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans will host a symposium in Washington, D.C., exploring key trends affecting sponsor liability and the massive movements of cash from employer-sponsored programs to individual accounts.  

Specifically, the event is aimed at soliciting perspectives on IRAs and other savings accounts that are not covered by ERISA. Defined contribution enrollees often roll their 401(k)s over to IRAs when they switch jobs. The DOL wants to know what's compelling enrollees to leave assets in or out of DC plans. Fees, the quality of investments and personal control are all factors influencing trends the DOL hopes to better understand.

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