When you're in your 20s, retirement can seem impossibly far away. Investing for something that's some 40 years in the future may feel a bit like taking scarce resources that you need right now, and locking them away for a time that might never come. And even it if will, there's no need to start planning for it today. Later will be fine. Of course, older people know different. They recognize (often with regret over having failed to take [...]
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A strong US equity market and rising bond yields helped boost the funded status of Canadian defined benefit pension plans to levels not seen in nearly two decades, according to reports from consulting firm Mercer and professional services firm Aon. At the end of the third quarter, the solvency position of Canadian defined benefit pension plans climbed to 112%, up from 107% at the end of the previous quarter—its highest level since November 2000, according to the Mercer Pension Health Index, [...]
Michelle Perez, a former Toys “R” Us worker and single mother, used to have only a basic understanding of Wall Street. But she recently helped bring one of the world’s most powerful investment firms to heel. Ms. Perez, 28, from Vancouver, Wash., has been traveling the country, putting pressure on the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and the other former owners of the failed retailer to help the 30,000 workers who were laid off this summer with no [...]
In the third quarter of 2018, Canadian defined benefit pension plans reached their highest solvency ratio of any quarter since November 2000, according to Mercer’s latest pension health index. Representing a hypothetical plan, the index reached a 112 per cent solvency level as of Sept. 28, 2018, up from 107 per cent at the ned of the previous quarter. As well, more than 60 per cent of plans are now fully funded and only five per cent stand at a [...]
Retirement is in peril for most working-class Americans cautions a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security, a Washington think tank. “The American dream of a modest retirement after a lifetime of work now is a middle-class nightmare,” warns the study’s author, NIRS Executive Director Diane Oakley. The report contends nearly four out of five working Americans are falling short of conservative retirement savings targets. Roughly the same number have less than one year’s income saved in [...]
A new research report finds that the retirement savings levels of working age Americans remain deeply inadequate despite economic recovery. An analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that the median retirement account balance among all working individuals is $0.00. The data also indicate that 57 percent (more than 100 million) of working age individuals do not own any retirement account assets in an employer-sponsored 401(k)-type plan, individual account or pension. The analysis finds that overall, four out of [...]
Between a recent White House retirement directive and more legislative proposals from Capitol Hill, plan executives and other retirement security advocates are encouraged that, while it might take months or years to see concrete change, Washington is paying attention. "It's been a while since retirement was a big issue," said Jack Towarnicky, executive director of the Chicago-based Plan Sponsor Council of America, a division of the American Retirement Association. The ideas coming out of Washington include promoting open multiple employer plans to allow unrelated businesses access to professionally managed retirement accounts [...]
The Retirement Market: An Ocean Of Opportunity The executive order on retirement savings, which President Trump signed on Friday, shines a spotlight on corporate-sponsored retirement plans. The $28.0 trillion U.S. retirement market offers opportunities for growth in environmental, social and governance (ESG) assets under management (AUM), particularly among corporate-sponsored retirement plans. 60% of corporate plan sponsors that participated in a recent NEPC survey indicated that they were not interested in incorporating ESG investing, which means considering ESG factors in both investment decisions and ownership policies and practices. Of plan [...]
Forty percent of U.K. defined contribution plan trustees who believe that DC investment strategies lack sophistication of defined benefit funds feel they will never catch up, according to a survey by consultant Hymans Robertson. In the 2018 edition of the survey, 42% of U.K. defined contribution plan trustees said DC investment strategies lack the sophistication of those used by defined benefit funds, compared to 58% who felt DC strategies were on par with DB, according to the survey. Half [...]
ESG investing is growing in the U.S. among institutional investors, with issues such as climate change, gender diversity and weapons distribution garnering significant attention. Institutional assets invested under environmental, social and governance principles in the U.S. totaled $4.73 trillion at the start of 2016, a 16.9% increase from 2014, according to the U.S. SIF Foundation, Washington, which surveys investors every two years. While results from the foundation's 2018 survey won't be available until November, a more recent Callan LLC survey found [...]