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29 10, 2019

PRI asks signatories to join in effort to prod U.S. to act on responsible investment

2019-10-29T08:35:45-07:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: Socially Responsible Investment|Tags: |

The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment organization will be engaging with U.S. policymakers to help them catch up on sustainable financial policy reforms, and it is encouraging its signatories to do the same. Other countries are "acting with growing urgency to adopt measures that integrate responsible investment," but the U.S. "remains a glaring outlier" when it comes to a global policy consensus on sustainable finance, CEO Fiona Reynolds said in an Oct. 17 letter to PRI's 510 U.S. [...]

23 10, 2019

Brazil’s Bolsonaro heralds ‘great day’ as Senate approves pension reform

2019-10-23T14:11:54-07:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Pension Reform|Tags: , |

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday hailed the Senate's approval of a sweeping overhaul of the nation's pension system as a launch pad for the wider economy, although voting on the last few remaining amendments was delayed to the following day. Pension reform is seen by the government and many economists as crucial to stabilizing Brazil's public finances and restoring business confidence, conditions they say will lead to stronger and more sustainable growth in Latin America's largest economy. The [...]

22 10, 2019

FedEx Marches to Its Own Beat on Pension De-risking

2019-10-22T10:33:27-07:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

Many big companies are looking to de-risk their pension plans by offering lump-sum payouts or cutting deals with insurance companies. Some, however, are taking a different route. FedEx, for example, recently announced plans to contribute $1 billion to its U.S. pension plans before the end of its fiscal year ending May 29, 2020. That’s $300 million more than its expected minimum required contribution. It’s not a brand-new strategy: the company has annually been contributing at least $1 billion to the [...]

22 10, 2019

GE joins corporate brethren in trend to put DB plan in the rearview mirror

2019-10-22T09:46:35-07:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

General Electric Co.'s recent announcement that it is freezing its U.S. defined benefit plan as a means of reducing its pension liabilities is just the latest example of corporations abandoning their DB plans and moving participants into a defined contribution plan. As a means of reducing its pension deficit by $5 billion to $8 billion, GE said Oct. 7 it is freezing its U.S. pension plan for 20,000 salaried employees and supplementary pension benefits for another 700 employees who [...]

20 09, 2019

The Rise, Fall, and Complexities of the Defined-Benefit Plan

2019-09-20T16:45:34-07:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

Over the past 25 to 30 years there has been a major shift in retirement plan schemes offered by private-sector employers, from the traditional defined-benefit plan (DB plan) to the more contemporary defined-contribution plan (DC plan). Traditional DB plans, commonly referred to as pensions, typically provide a guaranteed monthly income to employees when they retire and place the burden of funding and choosing investments on the employer. DC plans, such as a 401(k), are primarily funded by employees who [...]

20 09, 2019

Paris hit with biggest transport strike in decades over pensions

2019-09-20T16:42:05-07:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

The biggest strike to hit Paris public transport since 2007 created major traffic jams Friday, disrupting tourists’ plans and forcing commuters to work from home or find alternative ways to reach the office. French unions were protesting plans for sweeping pension changes by President Emmanuel Macron’s government that aim to create a universal pension system, instead of having different pension rules for different jobs. Critics say that will do away with some transport workers’ right to retire early. The [...]

20 09, 2019

Half of UK residents are confident they can retire comfortably

2019-09-20T16:38:39-07:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

Half (52%) of UK individuals are confident about their ability to retire comfortably, compared to 48% who agreed with this in 2017, according to research by Aegon. The Retirement confidence survey, which polled 830 UK residents, further found that 10% of individuals do not have any pension savings, while 36% have never estimated their income needs for retirement; this compares to 43% who had not done this in 2017. In addition, 25% of those respondents who do have pension savings [...]

6 09, 2019

U.K. to seek feedback on retail price index used in calculating pension benefits

2019-09-06T14:20:35-07:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , |

The U.K. government is planning a consultation in January on the future of the retail price index, a metric that defined benefit plans use to calculate pension benefits. Sajid Javid, the U.K.'s chancellor of the exchequer, as the country's finance minister is known, said Wednesday that because no index change can occur without a change in U.K. law and because of the government's current focus on delivering a Brexit plan, the government will not be in position to eliminate [...]

21 08, 2019

NIRS: No money saved for 4 states that shifted to DC from DB plans

2019-08-21T08:17:37-07:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: 401(k), Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

Four states that shifted to defined contribution from defined benefit plans did not save money, said new and updated case studies from the National Institute on Retirement Security. NIRS researchers updated prior case studies on Alaska, Michigan and West Virginia and created a new study on Kentucky. All of the states have switched new employees to defined contribution-only accounts to deal with pension underfunding and rising costs. According to an NIRS report on the studies, the changes increased overall [...]

12 08, 2019

New postal workers would no longer earn a pension under preliminary business plan

2019-08-12T08:44:46-07:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

The U.S. Postal Service, facing pressure from Congress to propose initiatives to ensure the agency’s long-term viability, is floating a business plan that would include significant cuts to employees’ take-home pay and benefits. USPS included a hike to the employee contribution level for pensions in a first draft of a 10-year business plan presented to lawmakers and stakeholders, according to multiple people who were briefed on it, as well as phasing out pensions altogether for new hires in favor of [...]

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