July 17, 2013

    MassMutual Retirement Services to Sponsor July 30 Webcast, Share Research on Governmental 457(b) Retirement Plans

    MassMutual Retirement Services to Sponsor July 30 Webcast, Share Research on Governmental 457(b) Retirement Plans

    “Five Pieces You May Be Missing in the 457(b) Plan Puzzle”

    (Springfield, MA) – MassMutual’s Retirement Services Division is sponsoring a live webcast for retirement plan professionals and plan sponsors entitled “Five Pieces You May Be Missing in the 457(b) Plan Puzzle” on Tuesday, July 30 at 12 p.m. ET. The live one-hour webcast will be moderated by Charles Ruffel, founder and director of PlanSponsor magazine, and presented by MassMutual Retirement Services Division’s Eric H. Wietsma, FSA, MAAA, senior vice president, and Carl Steinhilber, CFS, national government practice leader.

    During the webcast, presenters will share findings of recent research conducted by PlanSponsor and sponsored by MassMutual specific to governmental 457(b) retirement plans. Topics to be covered will include:

    - The successful interplay between a traditional pension plan and a 457(b) plan
    - Trends in effective plan design and investment selection
    - Key similarities and differences between governmental 457(b) plans and their industry counterparts
    - Employee education strategies that participants want and need to retire successfully
    - The critical role that plan advisors play in helping governmental employers meet their obligations

    The presentation will conclude with a live Q&A session. There is no fee to attend but advance registration is required. Financial professionals and plan sponsors may register online.

    “MassMutual is looking forward to sharing insights from this research that are important to financial professionals and plan sponsors in the governmental 457(b) retirement plan market,” says Wietsma. “457(b) plans face unique challenges and our goal is to demonstrate how these plans can supplement traditional plans so governmental employees can retire on their own terms with sufficient replacement income,” adds Wietsma.

    For more information about MassMutual Retirement Services, please contact your financial professional or call MassMutual at 1-866-444-2601.

    About MassMutual
    Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

    MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

    MassMutual’s Retirement Services Division has been serving retirement plans for more than 65 years. It offers a full range of products and services for corporate, union, nonprofit and governmental employers' defined benefit, defined contribution and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. It serves approximately 3 million participants.