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5 06, 2019

Pensionomics 2018: Measuring the Economic Impact of Multiemployer DB Pension Expenditures

2019-06-05T10:22:54-07:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: |

This study analyzes data on specific private sector pension plans (referred to as “multiemployer plans”) to assess the overall national economic impact of benefits paid by these plans to retirees. We estimate the employment, output, value added, and tax impacts of pension benefit expenditures from multiemployer plans at the national level, and find that the economic gains attributable to private sector multiemployer DB pension expenditures are considerable. In 2016, $41.8 billion in pension benefits were paid to 3.5 million [...]

5 06, 2019

The SECURE Act – A Primer on the Top Six SECURE Act Changes that could be coming to Retirement Plans Next Year

2019-06-05T10:19:42-07:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Pension Reform|Tags: , |

The SECURE Act (the “Act”) passed the House with bipartisan support and is on its way to the Senate with predictions that it could end up on the President’s desk by the end of the year. Here are some highlights of this potential legislation. 1. Longer Life means Later Mandatory Distributions. To account for increases in life expectancy, the Act would increase the age for required minimum distributions from 70 ½ to 72. The Act will also repeal the [...]

30 05, 2019

New disclosure rules adding to pressures on U.K. plan trustees

2019-05-30T14:21:35-07:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: ESG|Tags: , |

Outsourcing could see an uptick in the U.K. as pension trustees grapple with even more scrutiny as a result of new and upcoming regulations. The job of a U.K. trustee has become much more complex in recent years because of an increase in governance risk and time spent on decision-making processes as well as a growing need for technical knowledge, which trustees, who are elected from the workforce, typically don't have. But that burden is set to increase again, [...]

30 05, 2019

House Bill Makes Significant Changes to Retirement Plans

2019-05-30T14:17:23-07:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: |

Last week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019” (H.R. 1994) by a vote of 417-3. The bill makes numerous changes affecting employer-provided retirement plans as well as individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and other tax-favored savings accounts. The bill contains provisions designed to expand and preserve retirement savings, simplify administrative requirements, expand the use of Section 529 plans, and enhance revenue. Some of the key provisions affecting retirement [...]

30 05, 2019

New Bill Would Conduct the Largest Investigation of Private Pensions in 40 Years

2019-05-30T14:16:16-07:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Pension Reform|Tags: , , |

Bipartisan US senators are proposing legislation in an effort to secure workers’ retirement benefits in the long run, through the formation of a new retirement commission that would guide private retirement plans to a more sustainable future. Coined the Federal Retirement Commission Act, Sens. Todd Young, an Indiana Republican, and Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, would create a group responsible for reviewing private benefit programs and submitting to Congress recommendations on how to improve or replace the programs. [...]

23 05, 2019

House overwhelmingly passes SECURE Act

2019-05-23T10:53:38-07:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

A bipartisan majority in the House overwhelmingly approved Thursday a retirement reform package, 417-3. The legislation, the Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, referred to as the SECURE Act, includes provisions that make it easier for smaller employers to join open multiple-employer plans, eases non-discrimination rules for frozen defined benefit plans and adds a safe harbor for selecting lifetime income providers in defined contribution plans. The bill was introduced in late March by a bipartisan [...]

14 05, 2019

Feds approve pension cuts to W.Pa. Teamsters fund; 22,000 ballots to be mailed

2019-05-14T13:04:22-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

About 22,000 ballots will be mailed to pension plan participants in Western Pennsylvania for a vote on a 30% benefit cut proposed by the plan’s board. The ballots are being authorized after the U.S. Department of Treasury approved the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters and Employers Pension Fund’s request submitted last September to cut benefits. The plan represents about 17,000 retirees and 5,000 people who are working and paying into the fund. In a letter dated May 7, the Treasury Department sent [...]

30 04, 2019

CII urges SEC to require clear disclosure on CEO pay

2019-04-30T08:23:36-07:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Corporate Governance|Tags: , , |

The Council of Institutional Investors filed a petition Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission urging the agency to require public companies to explain in their proxy statements why and how non-standard metrics are used to determine CEO pay. CII has heard complaints from asset owners and managers about the complexity in executive pay, Executive Director Ken Bertsch said in a call with reporters Monday. Robert Pozen, senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a senior [...]

29 04, 2019

Employer Contributions Aid in DB Plan Funding Progress

2019-04-29T13:51:34-07:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

An analysis from the Society of Actuaries suggests the majority of defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors are doing a good job of making contributions that help reduce unfunded liabilities. The study compares employer contributions to single-employer DB plans to benchmarks for measuring whether pension plan contributions—absent other influences—reduced unfunded liabilities or met other benchmarks, such as regulatory requirements. The study considers five benchmarks that represent the contribution needed to: Satisfy the minimum required contribution (MRC) as defined by Internal [...]

24 04, 2019

Confidence in Retirement Security Rebounds to Pre-Financial Crisis Levels

2019-04-24T10:50:14-07:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Retirement|Tags: |

The 2019 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) finds 82 percent of retirees are confident in their ability to live comfortably throughout retirement, up from 75 percent last year and comparable to highs measured in 2005 and 2017. Furthermore, the percentage of workers who say they are very confident in their ability to live comfortably throughout retirement reached 23 percent, up from last year’s 17 percent and now reflecting levels measured more consistently in the late 1990s and early 2000s, prior [...]

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