- General Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Transfer My Balance(s) to Fidelity
- FAQs for Retirees, Former Employees, and Other Participants
1. When will the changes take effect and what will happen?
A new investment lineup is now available on the Fidelity platform which include a self-directed brokerage account. The existing funds available through the other providers will continue to be available until January 14, 2019. Unless you elect otherwise, your contributions will continue to be directed to your current selected provider and investment option(s) until January 4, 2019.
Effective January 15, 2019, Fidelity will become the primary service provider for administration of the Duke Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan ("Duke Retirement Plan"). VALIC and Vanguard will no longer be available as service provider administrators of the Duke Retirement Plan. Further, you will not be able to invest future contributions to the Plan in VALIC's annuity products. Access to TIAA's investment options will be limited to the TIAA Traditional Fixed Annuity fund.
If you do not transfer your existing funds and/or redirect your future contributions by December 27, 2018 your existing funds will be transferred (or "mapped") to what CAPTRUST, the Plan's investment advisor, has determined to be comparable funds in the revamped investment lineup or the appropriate Target Date Fund, based on your age, if there is no comparable fund. To view the mapping strategy, click here. Your future contributions will not follow the mapping strategy. Future contributions will be allocated to a Target Date Fund based on your age if you do not select funds from the new investment lineup at Fidelity.
2. What is a mapping strategy?
A mapping strategy is when existing balances and future fund allocations are transferred (or “mapped”) from one fund to another if the employee does not take action. To learn more, click here.
3. Will there be a blackout period during the transition?
Yes, there will be a blackout period in January. This is to ensure that all information is transferred accurately for your Duke Retirement Plan. During this period, you will be unable to direct or change investments in your individual account, obtain a loan or obtain a new distribution, if eligible, from the Plan.
4. Will there be any changes to the amount of contributions made by Duke?
No. If you are eligible to receive Duke contributions through the Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan, the Duke contributions remain unchanged. The Duke contribution formula is determined each year and published prior to the beginning of the year. The formula for 2019 is:
- 8.9% of the first $64,750 of salary.
- 13.2% of annual salary in excess of $64,750, up to a statutory salary limit of $280,000.
5. Will there be any changes to the Employees’ Retirement Plan?
No. If you are eligible for the Employees’ Retirement Plan (ERP), it remains unchanged.
6. Will there be any changes to the amount of contributions I can make?
No. You can still defer up to the maximum amount of contributions allowed by Internal Revenue Code on a pre-tax basis, Roth after-tax basis, or a combination of both. Please note the following:
- The 2019 contribution limit is $19,000.
- Any employee age 50 or older is eligible for an additional catch-up contribution of $6,000, which means your contribution can be up to $25,000 per calendar year.
- If you have more than 15 years of service at Duke and have not maximized contributions in the past, you may also be able to contribute an additional $3,000 per year using the “15 years of service catch-up” election.
7. Who do I contact with questions about these changes?
If you have any questions about these changes to your retirement plan, you may call (800) 823-0172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Where can I get help?
- Call Fidelity at 800-823-0172 to speak to a Fidelity representative to get help and advice on investing over the phone.
- Set up a one-on-one appointment with a Fidelity representative or call 800-823-0172.
9. What types of educational resources are available?
Duke Benefits will provide the following resources to help you prepare and understand the Duke Retirement Plan changes:
- We are committed to making this transition as smooth and seamless as possible. Fidelity representatives offer help and guidance and provide advice on investing. You can also get help and advice on investing over the phone at 800-343-0860.
- This site will be updated throughout the transition and will provide you with the latest information, key dates, and action steps to take.
- Various emails and printed materials will be sent throughout the year to provide additional details.
Individual consultations with Fidelity, VALIC, Vanguard, or TIAA representatives are available. They can help you answer questions about resources, investment strategy, and specific investments. To schedule an appointment, click here.
10. What will happen to the loan I have at VALIC or TIAA?
A new loan program will be available with Fidelity in 2019. Additional information will be provided later this year. If you have a loan with TIAA or VALIC you should continue to repay your loan as you do now. Loans at TIAA will remain at TIAA. Some loans at VALIC will transition to Fidelity, some will remain at VALIC. Specific information will be provided to you at a later date in 2018.