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12 05, 2021

F.B.I. Asking Questions After a Pension Fund Aimed High and Fell Short

2021-05-13T08:05:27-07:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

By Mary Williams Walsh Source: The New York Times The search for high returns takes many pension funds far and wide, but the Pennsylvania teachers’ fund went farther than most. It invested in trailer park chains, pistachio farms, pay phone systems for prison inmates — and, in a particularly bizarre twist, loans to Kurds trying to carve out their own homeland in northern Iraq. Now the F.B.I. is on the case, investigating investment practices at the Pennsylvania Public School [...]

5 05, 2021

Variable Benefit Plans a Solution for All Types of Plan Sponsors

2021-05-13T08:05:26-07:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , , |

By Rebecca Moore Source: Plan Sponsor Plan sponsors and others in the retirement plan industry have been showing an increased interest in new defined benefit (DB) plan designs that minimize cost volatility and/or provide risk sharing. During a recent webinar on the subject, Rachel Barnes, a member of the pension committee at the American Academy of Actuaries, noted that many corporate plan sponsors have been taking steps to transfer or eliminate their traditional DB plan obligations. While some have [...]

4 05, 2021

Dutch funding ratios continue to rise

2021-05-13T08:05:26-07:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: |

By Natalie Tuck Source: European Pensions The average Dutch coverage ratio increased to 109 per cent from 108 per cent in April, according to Aon’s latest analysis. Its Pension Thermometer found also revealed that policy funding ratio has increased to 98 per cent. This funding ratio is above the adjusted temporary statutory minimum requirement of 90 per cent. Aon believes that the increases over the past three months mean that most pension funds are “out of harm’s way” and [...]

3 05, 2021

72% of Canadian pension funds considering consolidation options: survey

2021-05-13T08:05:25-07:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

Source: Benefits Canada The majority (72 per cent) of Canadian pension funds said they’re currently focused on consolidation options that offer greater certainty they’ll be able to meet their liabilities, according to a survey by CIBC Mellon. It also found 50 per cent of pension funds surveyed plan on implementing consolidation plans over the next three to five years. The same percentage (50 per cent) of respondents that said they’re considering merging other funds’ assets into their owns plans [...]

27 04, 2021

A Graying China May Have to Put Off Retirement. Workers Aren’t Happy.

2021-05-13T08:05:25-07:00April 27th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

By Vivian Wang and Joy Dong Source: The New York Times For Meng Shan, a 48-year-old urban management worker in the Chinese city of Nanchang, retirement can’t come soon enough. Mr. Meng, who is the equivalent of a low-level, unarmed law-enforcement official, often has to chase down unlicensed street vendors, a task he finds physically and emotionally taxing. Pay is low. Retirement, even on a meager government pension, would finally offer a break. So Mr. Meng was dismayed when [...]

23 04, 2021

Borderless Pension Plans

2021-05-13T08:05:24-07:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By Michael Brough Source: HR Daily Advisor As organizations become more global, HR leaders face the challenge of how best to reward and protect certain groups of their international staff. Pensions and savings benefits are often tightly bound by local rules and restrictions that can exclude some workers or render the benefits unattractive or insecure. One option is to look at the increasingly popular “borderless” or international pension plans that exist outside of domestic frameworks. When the first Willis [...]

23 04, 2021

DB plan solvency in best position since financial crisis: FSRA

2021-05-13T08:05:24-07:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , , |

By James Langton Source: Advisor's Edge In the first quarter of 2021, the funding status of defined-benefit (DB) pensions in Ontario surged to its best level since the financial crisis. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) reported that the median solvency ratio for the province’s DB pensions rose to 103% (as of March 31), up from just 85% in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic began. In the first quarter, the median solvency ratio rose from 98% [...]

21 04, 2021

DC Plans More Vulnerable to ERISA Litigation Than DB Plans

2021-05-13T08:05:23-07:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: ERISA|Tags: , , |

Source: AI-CIO.com Defined contribution (DC) retirement plans are far more susceptible to Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) lawsuits than defined benefit (DB) plans, lawyers argue in a lawsuit filed against The Wesco Distribution Inc. Retirement Savings Plan. “The potential for imprudence is much greater in defined contribution plans than in defined benefit plans,” said the lawsuit. The complaint, which alleges Wesco neglected its fiduciary duties by allowing excessive fees, said that companies with DC plans are much more [...]

21 04, 2021

What Comes After 2051 Pension Relief Sunset? It Depends, Attorneys Say

2021-05-13T08:05:23-07:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: |

By Austin R. Ramsey Source: Bloomberg Law Now that special financial assistance has been signed into law for union-brokered pensions, all eyes are on the year 2051—the date through which a federal stimulus package is intended to prop up the most underfunded of those plans. Actuarial assumptions federal agencies are poised to make now about who qualifies and how much money multiemployer plans will receive could determine whether those plans survive after that date. Without financial assistance, about 124 [...]

21 04, 2021

Public pensions funded ratio continues strong recovery; hits new high-water mark of 79.0% in Q1 2021

2021-05-13T08:05:20-07:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: |

By Rebecca A. Sielman Source: Milliman The first quarter (Q1) of 2021 marked a fourth consecutive quarter of high-water marks for both assets and liabilities for public pensions, with the estimated funded status of the 100 largest U.S. public pension plans growing from 78.6% at the end of December 2020 to 79.0% at the end of March 2021, as measured by the Milliman 100 Public Pension Funding Index (PPFI). The deficit between estimated assets and liabilities closed slightly from [...]

9 04, 2021

Florida Senate bill seeks to close state pension plan to most new hires

2021-04-09T15:40:01-07:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

By Rob Kozlowski Source: Pensions & Investments Florida's Senate approved a bill that would close the $183.1 billion Florida Retirement System Pension Plan to most new hires. The bill, approved Thursday 24-16, would close the defined benefit plan to most new hires starting June 30, 2022 and automatically enroll them in the Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, the state's $15.3 billion 401(a) plan. New hires currently have the option of joining either plan when they become state employees. "Special [...]

7 04, 2021

UK universities propose cutting benefits to save pension scheme

2021-04-07T16:22:15-07:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

By Bethan Staton and Josephine Cumbo Source: Financial Times Hundreds of thousands of university sector staff in the UK would see their retirement benefits cut under employer proposals to avert “unaffordable” rises in contributions as the sector struggles with a years-long pensions crisis.  Plans outlined on Wednesday by Universities UK, which represents more than 340 higher education sector employers, would see guaranteed pensions for about 200,000 of the 460,000 members become less generous, with higher-earning academics taking the biggest [...]

7 04, 2021

Strengthening markets affect contributions

2021-04-07T10:16:19-07:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By Rob Kozlowski Source: Pensions & Investments U.S. corporate pension plans continue to lower their pension contributions as a strong market and accelerated pension contributions in the past have kept funding levels healthy despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. corporations plan to contribute a total of slightly less than $15 billion to their global pension plans in 2021, according to Pensions & Investments' analysis of S&P 500 companies that announced contributions of at least $100 million. The [...]

2 04, 2021

Canadian pension plans register big funding boost in Q1

2021-04-02T09:06:43-07:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By Rob Koslowski Source: Pensions & Investments The aggregate funding ratio of Canadian pension plans rose to 94.8% as of March 30 from 89.4% three months earlier, according to a survey from Aon. The overall funding deficit was about $21 billion. Overall pension assets lost about 2.3% in value over the quarter ended March 30 due to negative returns on fixed income that were partially offset by strong equity gains, according to a news release Wednesday announcing the survey. [...]

1 04, 2021

Canada’s DB pension plans continue to improve in 2021

2021-04-01T14:47:30-07:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By Steve Randall Source: Wealth Professional Good news for Canada’s retirement savers, pension funds are continuing to improve their financial health in the first three months of 2021. The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian defined benefit pension plans in the S&P/TSX Composite Index increased from 89.4% to 94.8% in the first quarter according to the Aon Pension Risk Tracker. The strong performance of Canadian stocks helped bolster the position of pension funds, partially offsetting negative returns on fixed income assets, [...]

1 04, 2021

Pensions In The Sunshine State: Avoiding Unintended Dark Clouds

2021-04-01T14:47:54-07:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

By Dan Doonan Executive Director, National Institute on Retirement Security Source: Forbes Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate retirement plan choice for state employees. The proposed measure would do away with defined benefit pensions for newly-hired employees, offering only a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan. Other states and localities that have implemented dramatic shifts to their public employee retirement plans have experienced unfortunate, unintended consequences – from skyrocketing costs to losing experienced employees who deliver essential public services. [...]

1 04, 2021

More should be done to help part-time employees into pensions, say experts

2021-04-01T14:48:39-07:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By Vicky Shaw Source: Yahoo! Sport Only about 58% of part-time UK employees have a workplace pension, figures show. Nearly nine in 10 (86.4%) employees who work full-time have a workplace pension, but that figure falls to just over half (57.8%) of those working part-time, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figures, from 2020, also show that just over a third (34.8%) of people with a workplace pension are in a “gold-plated” defined benefit (DB) scheme, [...]

24 03, 2021

Too embarrassed to ask: what’s the difference between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension?

2021-03-24T14:53:59-07:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

A pension is simply a tax-efficient savings vehicle, or “tax wrapper”, that allows you or your employer to invest for your long-term future.  For most of us, the main goal of a pension is to provide us with money to live off in later life, usually once we’ve retired from full-time employment. The rules governing pensions can seem confusing, particularly as the government fiddles with them at almost every other budget. But at the most basic level, there are [...]

24 03, 2021

Trump’s tax cuts in 2017 helped decrease risks for pension plans

2021-03-24T14:07:56-07:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

Defined-benefit pensions are an economically significant source of retirement income in the United States. About 37 million private sector workers rely on one of the 25,000 defined-benefit plans sponsored by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) for retirement income. These employees receive a defined sum of money, i.e., “defined benefit”, on retirement. A key feature of defined-benefit plans, which differentiates them from defined-contribution plans, is that the responsibility for funding future benefits falls primarily on the company sponsoring the [...]

24 03, 2021

77 Percent of Americans Support Pensions for All Workers

2021-03-24T10:08:20-07:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: |

A new national survey finds that 77 percent of Americans agree that all workers, not just those working for state and local government, should have a pension. And even though the nation is deeply divided on many other issues, support for pensions is consistent across party lines. Eighty percent of Democrats, 75 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Independents agree that all workers should have access to a pension. These findings are contained in a new issue brief [...]

16 03, 2021

Uber grants UK drivers worker status after losing major labor battle

2021-03-16T15:27:38-07:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

On the heels of losing a major labor battle in the United Kingdom, Uber will reclassify all U.K.-based drivers as workers. Under the new designation, more than 70,000 drivers will receive some benefits, including minimum wage, holiday time and pension contributions, but they will not get full employee benefits. Uber announced the change in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, adding that its U.K. ride-hailing business accounted for 6.4% of all mobility gross bookings in the fourth quarter of [...]

11 03, 2021

Teamsters celebrate passage of COVID-19 stimulus bill delivering pension relief

2021-03-11T11:47:27-08:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: , |

The Teamsters are euphoric about the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) clearing its final legislative hurdle in the House today, ensuring more than 1 million U.S. workers and retirees in struggling multiemployer pension plans will receive the nest eggs they were promised while other Americans hit hard by the global pandemic get the help they need. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law shortly. And when he does, it will mark the culmination of a [...]

11 03, 2021

Multiemployer Pension Relief Expected by March 14

2021-03-11T11:45:02-08:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Economy, Multiemployer Plans|Tags: , |

The US Senate on March 6 passed the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 (EPPRA) as part of the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (H.R. 1319), the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package. The bill was passed under the reconciliation process, requiring a simple majority vote. Because the Senate made some last-minute changes to EPPRA (which was initially proposed in the House of Representatives), the bill now moves back to the House, where it will [...]

5 03, 2021

Biden’s 36-Year-Old Economist Has Her Eye on an Equal Recovery

2021-03-05T15:42:58-08:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

In a one-bedroom apartment above a Washington neighborhood of bars, clubs and brunch spots, Janelle Jones is busy trying to fix the U.S. labor market -- one economic report and one Mario Kart race at a time. The Biden administration appointed the 36-year-old as the Department of Labor’s chief economist, a little-known position that will influence the futures of millions of people. In between wading through endless spreadsheets, enduring hours of video meetings and analyzing reams of economic data, [...]

2 03, 2021

AFL-CIO Retirement Security Working Group Applauds House Passage of Multiemployer Pension Relief

2021-03-02T15:05:09-08:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: |

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined the co-chairs of the AFL-CIO Retirement Security Working Group, UFCW International President Marc Perrone and SMART General President Joseph Sellers, in the following statement on the inclusion of multiemployer pension relief in the American Rescue Plan, which passed the House today: After a lifetime of hard work, working people deserve to retire with dignity. The labor movement is proud of our negotiated multiemployer pension plans, which have provided retirement [...]

26 02, 2021

Pensions Need Help From Congress

2021-02-26T08:18:40-08:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: , |

The House plans to vote on a COVID reconciliation bill this week. It is vital that Members of Congress support the pension provisions it contains. Before the pandemic, a small but important group of multiemployer pension plans was heading toward insolvency. These insolvencies will cause the federal government’s Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to become insolvent. These insolvencies will cause 1.3 million Americans to lose about 98 percent of their pension income and be forced onto the federal government’s [...]

25 02, 2021

COVID-19 Relief Bill Could Rescue Union Retirees’ Pensions

2021-02-25T14:42:15-08:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Economy, Pension Funding|Tags: , , |

The COVID-19 pandemic relief legislation set for a vote this week in the House contains a provision to save struggling union pension plans that experts say has a good shot at passing, forecasting a possible end to a $65 billion funding crisis that threatens one million retirees' pensions. The American Rescue Plan, which cleared the House Budget Committee on Monday, would provide direct assistance to roughly 200 financially struggling union pension plans through the federal government's safety net for [...]

24 02, 2021

Canada’s pension system gets top grades in new benchmark

2021-02-24T15:00:17-08:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

Canada’s pension system was ranked first overall among 15 countries in the Global Pension Transparency Benchmark. It ranked Canadian funds first in governance, citing the “global reputation for superior performance and governance excellence” of Canada’s five largest funds, namely the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Of these, the benchmark highlighted the best practices [...]

22 02, 2021

Could There Be a Renewed Interest in DB Plans?

2021-02-22T13:48:01-08:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|

Over the years, the retirement plan industry has introduced new features for defined contribution (DC) plans to mimic the advantages participants received from defined benefit (DB) plans. It seems that although DB plan sponsors have been eliminating or offloading their obligations, the industry has recognized the benefits of a plan design in which  employees automatically participate and receive guaranteed payments for life. Richard Hudson, a consulting actuary with First Actuarial Consulting Inc. (FACT), says the real problems for DB [...]

22 02, 2021

Prospects Brighten for Much Needed Pension Rescue Bill as It Heads to House Floor Vote

2021-02-22T13:45:51-08:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , |

The House Ways and Means Committee significantly boosted the prospect for passage of much needed pension relief that would protect the hard-earned and promised benefits of active and retired truck drivers, nurses and health care workers, plumbers and construction trade workers – people who we now recognize and honor as America’s essential workers in this time of crisis. On February 12, the Committee “marked up” and voted in favor of the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of [...]

18 02, 2021

Landmark Pension Schemes Bill receives Royal Assent

2021-02-18T10:31:53-08:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

The Pension Schemes Bill has been granted Royal Assent today, ushering in major changes to pension schemes aimed at providing greater protection for members. The move sees the Bill become the Pensions Schemes Act, almost three years after it was first mooted in response to the BHS and Carillion pension scheme scandals, which slashed the value of thousands of workers’ pensions at both organisations. Announcing the enactment, minister for pensions Guy Opperman, said “This is a historic day for [...]

18 02, 2021

Democrats’ Coronavirus Relief Plan Could Save The Pensions Of 1 Million People

2021-02-18T10:30:11-08:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

Retirement experts have been warning for years that more than 1 million workers and retirees could lose their pensions if Congress doesn’t act. Now help from Washington might finally arrive, thanks to an unlikely legislative opening provided by the pandemic. Congressional Democrats are moving a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan through a process known as budget reconciliation, hoping to send it to President Joe Biden’s desk this month. A proposal to shore up troubled pension plans and the federal [...]

18 02, 2021

Employees want climate change pensions information

2021-02-18T10:27:10-08:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Economy, Pension Funding|Tags: |

Research by workplace savings fintech Cushon has revealed employees overwhelmingly worry about whether their pensions are invested in firms that contribute to climate change – but still feel uninformed about it. The study found 84% of respondents are concerned about climate change and 69% are worried their company pension could be investing in businesses that are contributing to it. But according to the research, 99.5% of employees have no idea about the scale of carbon emitted as a result [...]

18 02, 2021

Retirement Insecurity 2021: Americans’ Views of Retirement

2021-02-18T10:24:38-08:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: |

A new report finds that across party lines, Americans are worried about concerns about their financial security in retirement. The vast majority of Democrats (70 percent), Independents (70 percent) and Republicans (62 percent) agree that the nation faces a retirement crisis. There also is bi-partisan agreement that the average worker cannot save enough on their own to guarantee a secure retirement, along with broad support for Social Security and pensions. This new national survey of working-age Americans also reveals [...]

9 02, 2021

Multiemployer Plan Bailout Caps Benefit Plan Limits

2021-02-09T14:41:42-08:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: |

Legislation before the House Ways & Means Committee plans to help pay for a multiemployer plan bailout by utilizing a budget “gimmick” that would freeze retirement plan contribution limits—though not for collectively bargained plans. More specifically, the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021, included as subtitle H of a nine-part package that the committee plans to mark up this week, would impose a cost-of-living freeze on: the Code Section 415(c) annual contribution limit for defined contribution [...]

9 02, 2021

Rep. Neal Introduces DB Plan Relief Bill

2021-02-09T14:36:19-08:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: |

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, has introduced the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 (EPPRA). The bill includes provisions designed to address the worsening multiemployer pension crisis. According to Neal, it is a standalone version of a provision from the House-passed Heroes Act. It also contains long-expected proposals for single-employer defined benefit (DB) plan funding relief. “The COVID-19 economic downturn has only worsened the multiemployer pension crisis and increased the urgency with which we must [...]

9 02, 2021

House panel to weigh multiemployer pension reform bill

2021-02-09T14:33:29-08:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: |

Legislation to help struggling multiemployer pension funds is to be considered this week by a key House panel as part of a COVID-19 relief measure. The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to start marking up a package of pandemic relief measures Wednesday, including one aimed at stabilizing pensions for more than 1 million participants in multiemployer plans approaching insolvency. The pension section of the proposed Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 is cited as the "Butch [...]

4 02, 2021

Walsh pledges revamped effort on worker rights

2021-02-04T14:23:56-08:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

Tackling issues on workers' rights and safety will be top of mind for Marty Walsh if he's confirmed to lead the Department of Labor, but he also vowed to address the mounting multiemployer pension crisis during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Mr. Walsh, who has served as Boston's mayor since 2014 and is President Joe Biden's nominee for labor secretary, has an extensive labor background, including leading the Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council from 2011-2013. Retirement issues weren't [...]

4 02, 2021

Rep. Andy Levin pledges involvement for fossil fuel workers in green energy shift

2021-02-04T14:22:06-08:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

Rep. Andy Levin on Tuesday stressed that a push by the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats towards clean energy must not ignore the workers whose fossil fuel industry jobs would be displaced. A union organizer and former assistant director of organizing at the national AFL-CIO, Levin (D-Mich.) said that it's important to let workers who will be affected by the transition know that the shift will be done with their needs in mind. "We're going to build this transition [...]

25 01, 2021

ESG influencing company strategy, increasing oil market vulnerability

2021-01-25T12:33:46-08:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: ESG|Tags: |

Environmental, social and governance factors are continuing to influence company strategy, financing and operating environments in 2021, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings Inc. It found financial institutions will likely continue to enhance ESG due diligence and exclusionary policies to cover a broader set of ESG issues and entities, as the quality and quantity of ESG data is improved by increasing reporting requirements and harmonization of standards. In addition, a growing interest in sustainability is sparking debate [...]

21 01, 2021

Multiemployer pension plans could soon see relief

2021-01-21T13:55:48-08:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: |

Legislation to help struggling multiemployer pension funds is to be introduced Thursday in the House and could be headed for passage if bundled with a COVID-19 relief measure now before Congress. The proposal also calls for some funding relief for single employer plans through extended amortization periods and pension interest rate smoothing changes. The proposed Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 is based on similar multiemployer pension reform legislation proposed in the last session of Congress as part [...]

21 01, 2021

Biden team to review Labor Department ESG rule

2021-01-21T13:53:40-08:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: ESG|Tags: , , |

The Biden administration will review a recent Department of Labor rule stipulating that ERISA plan fiduciaries cannot invest in "non-pecuniary" vehicles that sacrifice investment returns or take on additional risk. In his first few hours in office Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed a flurry of executive orders, including one titled "Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis." In the order, Mr. Biden directed all executive departments and agencies "to immediately review and, [...]

20 01, 2021

Labor Department names new ERISA Advisory Council members

2021-01-20T11:18:16-08:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: ERISA|Tags: , |

The Department of Labor on Tuesday appointed five members to its ERISA Advisory Council. It also announced that Glenn Butash will remain chairman of the 15-member council in 2021, a position he's held since July, and James Haubrock will serve as vice chairman. Mr. Butash is managing counsel for U.S. compensation and benefits at Nokia Corp., where he provides legal advice in connection with the design and operation of large, complex defined benefit, defined contribution and welfare benefit plans. [...]

19 01, 2021

Measuring the Economic Impact of DB Pension Expenditures

2021-01-19T16:16:16-08:00January 19th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

Economic gains attributable to defined benefit (DB) pensions in the U.S. are substantial. Retiree spending of pension benefits in 2018 generated $1.3 trillion in total economic output, supporting nearly seven million jobs across the nation. Pension spending also added nearly $192 billion to government coffers at the federal, state and local levels. Pensionomics 2021: Measuring the Economic Impact of Defined Benefit Pension Expenditures calculates the national economic impacts of U.S pension plans, as well as the impact of state [...]

7 01, 2021

Canadian DB pension plans entering 2021 in good financial shape

2021-01-07T15:20:54-08:00January 7th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian pension plans in the S&P/TSX composite index increased from 90.8 per cent to 91.2 per cent during the past 12 months, according to Aon’s pension risk tracker. Aon found the funded status deficit decreased by $200 million, which was driven by asset increases of $18.7 billion and offset by year-to-date liability increases of $18.5 billion. Pension assets returned 9.9 per cent over 2020 and ended the fourth quarter up 3.9 per cent. The year-end, [...]

6 01, 2021

Essential workers face major Covid-19 risk because of outdated safety rules

2021-01-06T14:26:27-08:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , |

The TUC Tuesday called on the government to urgently update workplace safety rules to protect essential workers and those who can’t work from home from Covid-19. Since the rules were published in March 2020, the scientific understanding of how the virus spreads has changed. And the UK is now battling a strain that is far more easily transmitted. Yet the rules have not been fully updated – and the union body says that this is putting workers at risk. [...]

6 01, 2021

Private-Sector DB Funded Status Held Steady in 2020

2021-01-06T13:44:38-08:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By some measures, corporate pension plans’ fortunes improved in 2020; by others, they did not. A new analysis reports that for private-sector DB plans’ funded status, 2020 was a wash. Willis Towers Watson reports that pension plan assets among the plans it studied increased by $80 billion. Drilling down, they estimate that: overall investment returns averaged 12.9%; domestic large capitalization equities grew 18%, while domestic small/mid-capitalization equities realized gains of 20%; aggregate bonds saw gains of 8%; long corporate [...]

6 01, 2021

Canadian DB plans bouncing back after stock rally

2021-01-06T13:42:33-08:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

A rally on the stock market in the fourth quarter helped boost the strength of Canadian defined benefit pension plans to end 2020, according to a new report by Mercer Canada. The consulting firm said its pension health index, which represents the solvency ratio of a hypothetical DB plan, rose to 114 per cent at the end of December from 107 per cent at the end of September. Mercer said in the fourth quarter the funded positions of DB [...]

19 12, 2020

Two Pro-ESG Investing Bills Introduced in House

2020-12-19T08:40:38-08:00December 19th, 2020|Categories: ESG|Tags: , , , |

Several high-profile Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced bills aimed at promoting the acceptance and use of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments by individuals and institutions. The lawmakers are Representatives Andy Levin, D-Michigan, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee and member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP); Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, member of the House Ways and Means Committee; and Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, member of the House Financial Services [...]

16 12, 2020

Court Rules Pensions Can’t Exist in a State of Limbo

2020-12-16T09:03:15-08:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: |

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a “most unusual case” that a company that went bankrupt and dissolved in the 1990s was still liable for its pension’s obligations 20 years later. The case centers on Chicago area-based Liberty Lighting Co. Inc, a unionized electrical supply manufacturing company and plan sponsor and administrator of the Liberty Lighting Co. Inc. Pension Plan for IBEW Employees. According to court documents, Liberty entered bankruptcy and surrendered its assets to [...]

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