13 10, 2021

U.K. pensions will be greener and DC plans more consolidated, minister says

2021-10-13T10:11:25-07:00October 13th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

By Hazel Bradford Source: Pensions & Investments U.K. pension funds are on a journey to be "safer, better and greener," and defined contribution plans are headed for consolidation, U.K. Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion Guy Opperman said Tuesday at the P&I World Pension Summit in The Hague. Last year, the U.K. was the first G-7 country to commit to mandatory climate disclosures under the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, and pension funds will have to disclose how [...]

23 09, 2021

State worker pension systems in best shape since 2008

2021-09-23T09:52:54-07:00September 23rd, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: |

By Geoff Mulvihill Source: Associated Press Pension systems for state government workers across the U.S. are in their best shape since the Great Recession began more than a dozen years ago, according to a study released Tuesday. The Pew Charitable Trust report credits a booming stock market over the past year as well as states’ longer-term steps, which include boosting taxpayer contributions to public pension funds and reducing promised retirement benefits, particularly to newly hired workers. “The better decisions, [...]

18 08, 2021

Pandemic pushed an additional 1.7 million Americans into retirement

2021-08-18T16:27:13-07:00August 18th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

By Stephanie Asymkos Source: Yahoo! Money The pandemic forced more older workers to retire — often before they were ready financially — a new study found, widening the country’s growing retirement inequality gap and leaving certain baby boomers vulnerable to poverty in their golden years. During the pandemic, an additional 1.7 million Americans retired earlier than what would have been expected during the normal times, according to a recent report from The New School’s Retirement Equity Lab. While the [...]

16 08, 2021

US. Pandemic Puts Secure Retirement at Greater Risk for Many

2021-08-16T08:01:33-07:00August 16th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

Source: Pension Policy International The COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsize effect on people 50 and older: Not only did it impact older adults’ health more severely than younger ones, but it also forced many into early retirement and prompted others to take withdrawals from their savings earlier than they had planned. “The prospects of a secure retirement for millions of workers will be even more precarious following the pandemic, and more Americans of all ages will need to [...]

22 07, 2021

Now Is The Time To Re-Think Retirement Plan Conventional Wisdom

2021-07-22T14:48:10-07:00July 22nd, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: |

By Dan Doonan Source: Forbes Retirement plan design can make or break an employee’s ability to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Over the past several decades, many private sector companies implemented a complete overhaul in retirement plan design, shifting from defined benefit pensions to 401(k)-style defined contribution accounts. Originally designed to supplement rather than replace pensions, 401(k) plans have become the primary employer-sponsored plan for many U.S. workers. This transition meant sacrificing a number of important features [...]

18 06, 2021

Are we headed for a retirement crisis?

2021-06-18T13:56:55-07:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

By Jim Wilson Source: Canadian HR Reporter Two-thirds (67 per cent) of Canadians feel that the country is facing an emerging retirement crisis, according to a new report. Why? More than six in 10 (63 per cent) have not set aside anything for retirement in the past year, up by five per cent from data recorded in 2020. Plus, 65 per cent said that saving for retirement is prohibitively expensive, according to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

11 12, 2020

Effects of COVID-19 Could Spark More Retirement Plan Litigation in 2021

2020-12-11T16:00:03-08:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: |

Plan sponsors should keep a close watch on retirement plan litigation, as the effects of COVID-19 might spark new lawsuits. The market volatility experienced in March and April, coupled with the cybersecurity risks of remote work, could position some employers to face litigation in the new year, industry experts say. Smaller businesses, which normally lack the resources to invest in multifaceted cybersecurity measures and are therefore susceptible to cyber breaches, may be at risk, says Jordan Mamorsky, an ERISA [...]

28 10, 2020

Three Ways You Can Fight For Retirement Security During National Retirement Security Week (And Beyond)

2020-10-28T09:46:07-07:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators started National Retirement Security Week in 2006 to recognize the importance of a secure retirement, and it’s been observed during the third week of October each year since. This year, during the coronavirus-induced economic crisis, it’s more important than ever to protect the right to a secure retirement for all. Here are three ways you can fight for every American to retire with dignity during National Retirement Security Week (and beyond). [...]

14 10, 2020

Defined-benefit pension better option than lump sum

2020-10-14T11:35:58-07:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

My wife and I are retired, both aged 63. We own our home and a holiday house, which we could rent out if needed. We hold about $200,000 in shares and $100,000 in VicSuper. I am on a defined-benefit Emergency Services & State Super (ESSS) pension for life, paying $57,000 a year and, payable if I die, at about 70 per cent to my wife. I understand that, before I reach 65, the ESSS will offer a lump sum [...]

29 09, 2020

Retirement security trumps job security

2020-09-29T12:22:24-07:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

Canadian workers are still focused on having a good workplace retirement plan, despite the global pandemic, according to a recent survey. Fifty-five per cent say that they are concerned about retirement security compared to 44 per cent who are worried about job security, finds the survey of 3,500 Canadians, conducted between May 27 and June 5 for the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). “It reinforced to us how important and top-of-mind retirement savings are for Canadians,” says Steven [...]

30 06, 2020

A Pandemic Problem for Older Workers: Will They Have to Retire Sooner?

2020-06-30T08:46:57-07:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

Dorian Mintzer loves her work. A 74-year-old psychologist, coach and author, she has no plan to retire, and has continued to work during the pandemic, doing teletherapy from her home in the Boston area. Now, like millions of other older working Americans, Dr. Mintzer is uncertain about the future of her job — much will depend on whether health insurers continue to cover teletherapy post-pandemic. “I’m going to keep working virtually — the idea of going into an office [...]

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