21 11, 2023

IBM to end 401(k) match, offer a ‘hybrid pension’: Will other employers follow suit?

2023-12-15T10:56:33-08:00November 21st, 2023|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , , |

By Kristen Beckman Source: Benefits Pro IBM, once a leader in the shift away from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans in the United States beginning in 1984, is now heading in a new direction with its retirement savings benefit for employees. Many industry observers wonder if other employers will follow IBM’s lead again. IBM notified employees earlier this month that it will suspend its 401(k) match and 1% automatic contribution as of Jan. 1 and will instead [...]

27 09, 2023

Traditional pension plans are pretty rare. But here’s who still has them and how they work

2023-09-27T11:03:51-07:00September 27th, 2023|Categories: 401(k)|Tags: , |

By Jeanne Sahadi Source: CNN The phrase “pension benefits” may come up a lot in the next several days as negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and the Big Three automakers go down to the wire to avert a strike. But for most private-sector US workers, pensions disappeared long ago. In a traditional pension, employers contribute, invest and manage retirement funds for their workers, who then receive guaranteed monthly checks for life after they retire. But over the [...]

13 06, 2023

How different types of pension plans impact employee recruitment, retention

2023-06-16T10:36:03-07:00June 13th, 2023|Categories: 401(k)|Tags: , |

Source: Benefits Canada When Alaska switched its public education employees from two defined benefit pension plans to a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan, more staff left their positions, according to a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security. The report benchmarks retirement benefit offerings among state-level plans in Alaska and nationwide, analyzing the evolution of public pension plans since the 2008/09 financial crisis. In 2005, the Alaska legislature voted to close its two statewide DB plans for teachers and [...]

30 11, 2022

Trump Loses His Clutch on Your 401(k) in Department of Labor Ruling

2022-11-30T16:24:08-08:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: 401(k), ESG|Tags: , |

By Eric Reed Source: Yahoo! Finance The new rule is written broadly, which means that it may let employers explore several different categories of investing. But it specifically aims to create more opportunities for ESG, or "Environmental, Social and Governance," investing. Otherwise known as impact investing, these are portfolios that invest around specific social and political goals. For example, a portfolio may explicitly choose not to invest in fossil fuels and dirty industries, or it may proactively invest in [...]

20 01, 2022

Pension plans cheaper overall than 401(k)s, researchers find

2022-01-20T10:47:21-08:00January 20th, 2022|Categories: 401(k), Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

By Emile Hallez Source: Investment News A pension research group has a message for employers: The switch from defined-benefit plans to 401(k)s has made retirement saving more expensive. That conclusion takes into account the costs borne by both employers and employees. Switching to a defined-contribution plan can of course save companies money, but the overall cost of the benefit increases, according to the National Institute on Retirement Security. The nonprofit this month published its third iteration of a paper [...]

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