27 05, 2021

Pandemic pushes firms to up allocations to social investments – research

2021-05-27T16:38:06-07:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: ESG|Tags: , |

By Sophie Baker Source: Pensions & Investments The social factor within ESG will be of increasing importance to global pension funds over the next three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with passive allocations set to rise. Research by DWS and CREATE-Research found that 66% of pension funds intend to increase allocations to the 'S' pillar through passive allocations over the coming years. Two-thirds (67%) said they will choose their passive managers based on a track record of achieving [...]

11 03, 2021

Teamsters celebrate passage of COVID-19 stimulus bill delivering pension relief

2021-03-11T11:47:27-08:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: , |

The Teamsters are euphoric about the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) clearing its final legislative hurdle in the House today, ensuring more than 1 million U.S. workers and retirees in struggling multiemployer pension plans will receive the nest eggs they were promised while other Americans hit hard by the global pandemic get the help they need. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law shortly. And when he does, it will mark the culmination of a [...]

25 02, 2021

COVID-19 Relief Bill Could Rescue Union Retirees’ Pensions

2021-02-25T14:42:15-08:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Economy, Pension Funding|Tags: , , |

The COVID-19 pandemic relief legislation set for a vote this week in the House contains a provision to save struggling union pension plans that experts say has a good shot at passing, forecasting a possible end to a $65 billion funding crisis that threatens one million retirees' pensions. The American Rescue Plan, which cleared the House Budget Committee on Monday, would provide direct assistance to roughly 200 financially struggling union pension plans through the federal government's safety net for [...]

22 02, 2021

Prospects Brighten for Much Needed Pension Rescue Bill as It Heads to House Floor Vote

2021-02-22T13:45:51-08:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , |

The House Ways and Means Committee significantly boosted the prospect for passage of much needed pension relief that would protect the hard-earned and promised benefits of active and retired truck drivers, nurses and health care workers, plumbers and construction trade workers – people who we now recognize and honor as America’s essential workers in this time of crisis. On February 12, the Committee “marked up” and voted in favor of the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of [...]

18 02, 2021

Democrats’ Coronavirus Relief Plan Could Save The Pensions Of 1 Million People

2021-02-18T10:30:11-08:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

Retirement experts have been warning for years that more than 1 million workers and retirees could lose their pensions if Congress doesn’t act. Now help from Washington might finally arrive, thanks to an unlikely legislative opening provided by the pandemic. Congressional Democrats are moving a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan through a process known as budget reconciliation, hoping to send it to President Joe Biden’s desk this month. A proposal to shore up troubled pension plans and the federal [...]

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 [...]

16 11, 2020

As public pension costs soar, some Southern California agencies turn to controversial borrowing to fill deep holes

2020-11-16T09:55:34-08:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , , |

The little agency responsible for killing mosquitoes and rats in the Coachella Valley will see its bill for worker pensions nearly triple over just four years. Payments will also nearly triple for Cal-OPTIMA, Orange County’s health care system for low-income people, seniors and those with disabilities, as well as for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, the folks who bring events to the historic stadium in Exposition Park. They’ll more than double for the Orange County Transportation Authority, which [...]

6 11, 2020

51% likely to review or reduce pension contributions due to Covid-19 pandemic

2020-11-06T11:39:36-08:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

Approximately half (51%) of UK savers are likely to review or reduce pension contributions in favour of short-term saving or debt reduction or elimination as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, according to research by BlackRock. Its Defined contribution (DC) pulse survey, which surveyed 1,000 UK savers, also found that 76% agree that they need to be more careful about their financial future, although a further 44% see retirement saving as important. However, more than half (51%) said [...]

29 09, 2020

State increased public pension assets despite pandemic

2020-09-29T12:41:56-07:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , |

Indiana’s public pension funds for state and local government employees, including teachers, has apparently weathered the financial markets’ volatility during the coronavirus pandemic, new data from the state show. The General Assembly’s Pension Management Oversight Committee heard Wednesday that the Indiana Public Retirement System increased its pension assets by 2.56% to $30.6 billion during the 2020 budget year, which ran from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. According to INPRS, the state’s prepaid pension programs were 90.6% funded, [...]

17 09, 2020

Vast majority of managers still on lockdown

2020-09-17T08:54:46-07:00September 17th, 2020|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

The number of money management firms with employees working from home has barely budged over the summer, a Callan survey released Wednesday showed. Callan said 81% had not opened their offices as of Aug. 15, nearly the same as the 84% that had reported keeping their doors closed in June. The investment consultant's second "Coping with COVID-19" survey report said 44% of the 98 responding firms have not set a date for returning to the office. Of the remaining [...]

11 08, 2020

COVID-19 pushes social issues to ESG forefront

2020-08-11T09:37:28-07:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: ESG|Tags: , |

One of the many upheavals caused by the COVID-19 crisis has been some reordering of environmental, social and governance priorities for institutional investors. While climate change and other environmental issues "were almost synonymous with ESG, the pandemic forced us to shift, and forced owners of capital to think about the other letters in ESG," said Nathan S. Shetty, Chicago-based head of multiasset portfolio management for Nuveen LLC, the money management arm of TIAA-CREF. The global health crisis plus renewed [...]

9 07, 2020

Pension plans see rebound in second quarter

2020-07-09T14:59:45-07:00July 9th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

The funding status of the largest corporate pension plans in the U.S. have rebounded during the second quarter of 2020, due to improvements in the equity and bond markets, according to Willis Towers Watson data. “The first quarter was a more difficult quarter for the equities,” says Joseph Gamzon, senior director of retirement at Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company. “For most pension plan sponsors the combination of the equity markets performing well and the [...]

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 [...]

10 06, 2020

Pandemic Puts More Stress On Struggling Pension System

2020-06-10T14:54:52-07:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: |

The coronavirus outbreak has presented daunting challenges for an already-struggling multiemployer pension plan system. It's also amplifying calls for Congress to step up and pass legislation to protect against millions of retirees losing their financial livelihood. More than a hundred multiemployer pension plans covering over a million workers and retirees were on the ropes even before COVID-19 became a household term, and that number could more than double depending on how the pandemic plays out, according to a letter [...]

13 05, 2020

Union Pension Partitions Included in Democrat’s 4th Relief Proposal

2020-05-13T15:38:17-07:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , , |

The Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has published a draft version of a fourth economic relief package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, dubbed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the “Heroes Act.” The wide-ranging legislation addresses a host of issues, from providing supplemental funding to the SNAP food security program to creating a special fund to support struggling fisheries. Notably, the entire Division D section of the legislation is dedicated to [...]

6 05, 2020

Protecting pensions after coronavirus

2020-05-06T14:49:06-07:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

Unions and pension schemes are being supportive of employers struggling with the pandemic. When the recovery starts that support should be repaid. Across the whole economy, employers are under unprecedented strain as they deal with lockdown and economic contraction. Companies with defined benefit pension schemes could face particular short-term pressures, as turmoil in financial markets may increase deficits – the gap between the assets a scheme has and the pensions it must pay – at exactly the time they are [...]

27 04, 2020

NCCMP seeks congressional aid for pensions in ‘CARES 2’

2020-04-27T10:25:51-07:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: , , , |

Below is an April 24, 2020 letter written by NCCMP Executive Director Michael D. Scott. Dear Multiemployer Community, Today, the President signed H.R. 266 which provided additional authority for the Paycheck Protection Program and support for health care providers. This is commonly referred to as the COVID 3.5 stimulus package. In less than eight weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has put more than 26.4 million Americans out of work and driven Congress and the Federal Reserve to structure more than [...]

22 04, 2020

McConnell rules out pension aid for states

2020-04-22T15:27:04-07:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

States should be able to pursue bankruptcy rather than relying further on the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic, and any federal assistance should not be spent on addressing pension underfunding, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Wednesday during a radio interview. Radio host Hugh Hewitt asked whether Mr. McConnell would insist on reforms of state pension plans if states get more funding from the next COVID-19 assistance measure expected from Congress. "There's not going to be any [...]

22 04, 2020

Senate passes coronavirus relief package aimed at small business

2020-04-22T15:24:35-07:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , |

The Senate via unanimous consent passed a nearly $500 billion coronavirus relief package Tuesday aimed mostly at small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. After weeks of negotiation between key Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill and White House officials, an agreement was reached on an additional $321 billion for the small-business-oriented Paycheck Protection Program. Under the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which was signed into law March 27, roughly $350 billion [...]

22 04, 2020

CORPaTH’s letter to Congress Leaders

2020-04-22T13:52:55-07:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

CORPaTH has reached out to Congressional leaders to offer a variety of powerful and pragmatic ideas to assist in creating positive solutions to the pension crisis affecting millions of Americans who are currently retired or who hope to retire in the future. Click here to read the letter. Click here to read the letter.

21 04, 2020

Public pensions survived the Great Recession. They will survive coronavirus, too

2020-04-21T10:25:22-07:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

For most Americans these days, timing is everything when it comes to retirement. At the moment, it looks like those who recently retired or who are on the cusp of retirement may have picked a bad time to be born. For them, the steep drop in the investment markets caused by the coronavirus pandemic came at just the wrong moment. History tells us that the markets will recover and that cycles of ups and downs are inevitable. But under [...]

9 04, 2020

Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

2020-04-09T15:08:10-07:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of millions of working people and our families, and the labor movement has been working tirelessly to limit the impact of this crisis on our health and livelihoods. We worked to make sure the relief packages Congress recently passed put the needs of working families and our communities first. To help navigate these new and expanded federal and state benefits and assistance programs, we put together an online resource that has [...]

9 04, 2020

Virus Exposes Gig Economy ‘Exploitation’ ESG Investors Ignored

2020-04-09T10:16:41-07:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , |

ESG investors need to up their game in holding companies to account on social issues such as labor rights and employment contracts, said the head of biggest network of responsible investment firms. Fiona Reynolds, chief executive officer of the Principles for Responsible Investment, said in a blog post Friday that firms which consider environmental, social and governance issues when investing have paid too little attention to “the modern forms of exploitation surrounding the gig economy.” Lack of paid sick [...]

3 04, 2020

Coronavirus Is Making the Public Pension Crisis Even Worse

2020-04-03T15:14:13-07:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: |

For years, the country’s public pension plans have faced a yawning gap between what they owe and what they can pay. From the State of California’s public employees’ retirement plan, with more than 1.6 million participants, to tiny funds for employees of local mosquito-control programs in Illinois, public pensions are the time bomb of government finance. Now the coronavirus pandemic has it ticking faster. Already chronically underfunded, pension programs have taken huge hits to their investment portfolios over the [...]

3 04, 2020

UN PRI COVID-19 signatory update

2020-04-03T15:08:25-07:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Socially Responsible Investment|Tags: , |

Over the past month at PRI we have been hard at work contingency planning, reshaping our organisational strategy and ways of working in response to the Covid-19 crisis, as I’m sure many of you have also been doing. We’ve been seeking firstly to ensure the health and safety of all our global staff, but importantly also putting plans in place to enable us to continue to deliver on our commitments to you wherever we can. More than that, we’ve [...]

26 03, 2020

Denmark’s Idea Could Help the World Avoid a Great Depression

2020-03-26T08:46:10-07:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

While the White House and lawmakers haggle over the terms of an emergency economic-stabilization package, Denmark has gone big—very, very big—to defeat the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus. This week, the Danish government told private companies hit by the effects of the pandemic that it would pay 75 percent of their employees’ salaries to avoid mass layoffs. The plan could require the government to spend as much as 13 percent of the national economy in three months. That is [...]

26 03, 2020

Stimulus deal includes temporary relief for retirement plans

2020-03-26T07:22:31-07:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , |

The Senate approved on Wednesday a roughly $2 trillion economic stimulus package for affected companies and workers that also provides some temporary relief for retirement plan sponsors and participants. Final approval is expected Friday in the House of Representatives, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she expected to debate the measure on the floor. Defined benefit plan sponsors gained a one-year holiday from making their 2020 contributions, but did not get other measures sought, including delayed reporting or [...]

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