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With over two dozen investment options available, the International UAW (Int’l UAW) plan is among the best in the country. With this large number of funds, there is ample opportunity to build a well-diversified portfolio for your International UAW 401(k) savings.

Please visit our “Fund Commentary” section for further information on specific funds and/or fund types within the Int’l UAW account.

To the right you will find articles of interest as well as news relating to International UAW employee and retiree benefits. Check this page for future updates to the Int’l UAW plan, as well as news that affects International UAW employees and retirees.

News and Updates

International UAW Fund Change Announcement – May 2016

The International UAW has announced upcoming investment option changes for the International UAW Staff Severance Plan. Two funds will change share class following the market close on May 17, 2016. As a result of the share class changes, the fund codes and ticker symbols will change. For each fund, the new share class will have the same investment objectives and underlying investment holdings as the funds they are replacing. The only difference is that they represent a different share class and offer a lower fund expense.

Balances in, and contributions to the closing funds will automatically transfer to the new share class funds in the plan unless directed elsewhere by the participant.

To discuss these important changes to the International UAW 401(k) plan and how they may impact your current portfolio allocation, do not hesitate to contact Mainstay toll-free at 1-866-444-6246.

International UAW Fund Change Announcement – May 2015

There will be several changes within the International UAW Staff Severance Plan over the next few months. The effective date of these changes will be July 1, 2015.

The Fidelity® Fund - Class K fund will close and be replaced by an investment option currently offered by the Plan. Assets presently invested in, or contributions (including loan repayments) currently being directed to, the Fidelity® Fund - Class K fund will automatically shift to the existing fund without any action from the participant.

Additionally, the Fidelity Freedom K® Funds will become the Plan’s Designated Default Fund for the UAW Staff Severance Plan. Currently the UAW Strategy Fund is the Plan’s Designated Default Fund.

For participants without an investment election on file at Fidelity (thereby defaulting to the UAW Strategy Fund), an automatic transfer to the Fidelity Freedom K® Funds will occur if no election is made as of market close on August, 21, 2015.

A special election window will be established for participants without an investment election on file at Fidelity. During this election window period, participants can elect to have current assets remain invested in the UAW Strategy Fund as this fund will continue to be an option in the Plan.

If you have questions regarding how these changes may affect your International UAW Staff Severance Plan or your investment option selection within the Plan, do not hesitate to contact Mainstay toll-free at 1-866-444-6246.

International UAW Fund Change Announcement – August 2014

The International UAW has announced upcoming investment option changes for the International UAW Staff Severance Plan. The new investment options will provide similar investment strategies and risks, but the overall expenses for the investment options will be lower. In conjunction with this change, the target date retirement funds in the plans will change share class, also in an effort to reduce operating expenses.

All changes will be effective as of the market’s close on October 1, 2014. Contact Mainstay toll-free at 1‑866‑444‑6246 to discuss the impact these changes may have on your portfolio.

Fund Commentary

Fidelity's Freedom Funds

The Fidelity Freedom Funds are designed for those participants who wish to base their asset allocation decision on a specific target year. The account is typically aligned with the Freedom Fund that most closely matches your projected retirement date.

Six of these funds are included in the Int'l UAW plan, with 10-year incremental targets from 2010 to 2050, along with a fund targeted as Income Fund. The way the Freedom Funds are designed, the further away the target date, the more aggressive the asset allocation, conversely, the closer the date, the greater the emphasis on preservation of capital in the asset allocation.

Freedom Funds hold some appeal in that they are simple to explain and administer. While this approach is unique, we believe the asset allocation decisions provided by these funds are crude at best. Freedom Funds attempt to make decisions about asset allocation based solely on a target date. An investor’s tolerance for risk and financial goals are other key factors that should largely play a role in determining the investment strategy and asset allocation. Additionally, they leave no room for the fund manager to tactically adjust the allocation strategy based on specific opportunities within the financial markets or in response to prevailing market conditions.

The returns realized in these commingled vehicles are diluted by a rigid adherence to mechanical allocation parameters. These parameters may prove to be shortsighted and inappropriate for everyone participating in the pool. The real world changes every day, yet proponents of Freedom Funds, or similar funds, expect someone to stick to a single game plan for as much as 40 years, whether interest rates are rising or falling, or whether the economy is in expansion or recession. While Freedom Funds offer a simple one-stop-solution, we continue to advise participants to avoid these funds and retain the flexibility to proactively adjust their portfolios as needed.

A Note on Institutional Funds

Many retirement savings plans, including the Int’l UAW, have moved to using institutional funds in place of retail mutual funds. In doing so the plan architects are moving to investment options with lower internal operating expenses. The institutional funds do not have the marketing costs associated with retail mutual funds that are ultimately passed along to the shareholders in the form of fund management expenses. The problem with institutional funds, however, is the lack of publicly available information about the funds that is so readily available for retail mutual funds through the fund family’s website or other data retrieval services. This is one of the drawbacks to institutional funds as investment options in the Int’l UAW plan. Because of the lack of publicly available information, the institutional funds within the plan are not detailed in our Fund Tables.

Please reference "Target-Date Funds Face Regulation", published in The Wall Street Journal.

If you have any questions concerning our website or your Int'l UAW 401(k) account, please feel free
to contact us using the following e-mail link: Mainstay@mainstaycapital.com
or call us toll-free at 1-866-444-6246.

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