8 07, 2022

PBGC’s multiemployer assistance rule loosens investing restrictions

2022-07-08T11:10:04-07:00July 8th, 2022|Categories: PBGC|Tags: , |

By Brian Croce Source: Pensions & Investments The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. on Wednesday unveiled a final rule for a federal assistance program that aids struggling multiemployer plans. The Special Financial Assistance Program, created by the American Rescue Plan Act that Democrats passed in March 2021, was designed to shore up struggling multiemployer pension plans through 2051. The PBGC estimates the total cost will range from $74 billion to $91 billion. Under the program, a multiemployer plan is eligible for assistance [...]

22 11, 2021

PBGC pension fund programs now on solid footing

2021-11-22T15:41:09-08:00November 22nd, 2021|Categories: PBGC|Tags: , |

By Brian Croce Source: Pensions & Investments The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.'s single-employer and multiemployer programs each had positive net funding positions at the end of the fiscal year for the first time in nearly two decades, according to the agency's fiscal year 2021 annual report. The long-troubled multiemployer program improved to a net funding position of $481 million at the end of fiscal year 2021, compared with a $63.7 billion shortfall at the end of the previous fiscal [...]

17 11, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act Turns Things Around for PBGC Multiemployer Plan Program

2021-11-17T09:09:00-08:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: PBGC|Tags: , |

By Rebecca Moore Source: Plan Sponsor The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Annual Report, which shows its multiemployer plan insurance program has a positive net position of $481 million at the end of FY 2021—a sharp contrast to the program’s deficit of $63.7 billion at the end of FY 2020. The agency’s multiemployer plan program is now likely to remain solvent for more than 30 years, due to the enactment of the [...]

23 09, 2021

PBGC’s multiemployer outlook greatly improves after help from Congress

2021-09-23T09:51:00-07:00September 23rd, 2021|Categories: PBGC|Tags: |

By Brian Croce Source: Pensions & Investments The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.'s multiemployer program outlook has substantially improved following passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, according to the agency's fiscal year 2020 annual report. Last year's report projected a very high likelihood of the program's insolvency by September 2025 and near certainty by September 2026. In the latest report, released Monday, the most pessimistic scenario projects the fund to go insolvent in fiscal year 2036, while optimistic scenarios [...]

19 07, 2021

PBGC multiemployer rule gets mixed reviews

2021-07-19T09:10:25-07:00July 19th, 2021|Categories: PBGC|Tags: , |

By: Hazel Bradford Source: Pensions & Investments The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.'s interim final rule about how underfunded multiemployer plans can get special financial assistance is getting mixed reviews. The assistance was part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 enacted in March and provides an estimated $94 billion in federal assistance grants for the most at-risk plans to pay benefits, if it will help them survive for 30 years. The interim final rule, issued July 9, provides [...]

17 06, 2021

PBGC ‘To-Do’ List: Work on Benefits, Penalties and More

2021-06-17T16:55:39-07:00June 17th, 2021|Categories: PBGC|Tags: |

By John Iekel Source: ASPPA The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in its spring regulatory agenda enumerates a variety of proposals and actions close to implementation that will address benefits payments, assistance, valuation assessments, penalties and more. Proposals The following proposed rules are on the PBGC’s radar screen. Valuation Assumptions and Methods. The PBGC proposes a rule on valuation assumptions and methods concerning interest and mortality assumptions for asset allocation in single-employer plans, and concerning mass withdrawal liability determination [...]

17 09, 2020

Multiemployer plans get tiny reprieve in latest PBGC report

2020-09-17T08:52:49-07:00September 17th, 2020|Categories: PBGC|Tags: |

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.'s single-employer program will remain in the black over the next decade, while the multiemployer program could gain another year or two before insolvency, according the agency's latest projections report released Monday. The report for fiscal year 2019 provides 10-year projections ended Sept. 30, under a range of financial scenarios. As of Sept. 30, 2019, the single-employer program had $46.3 billion in assets, while the multiemployer program had a deficit of $82.3 billion. Last year's [...]

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