Industry Trends and Research

“Industry Trends and Research” covers significant research and trends impacting ASPPA members' practices.


 

 

By ASPPA Net Staff8/17/2017 • 0 Comments

The funded status of U.S. corporate pension plans improved in July according to assessments by three financial services firms. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/16/2017 • 0 Comments

Recent studies discuss use of pension risk transfers to relieve the pressures associated with offering DB plans and highlight group annuities as a safety valve. READ MORE

By Rebekah Whitaker8/11/2017 • 0 Comments

Registration is now open! Don’t miss out on the 2017 Cincinnati ASPPA Regional Conference, Monday, Nov.13 and Tuesday, Nov.14, 2017. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/10/2017 • 0 Comments

A survey of larger plan sponsors finds most concerned about the potential participant response to a mandated shift to Roth tax treatment in 401(k) plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/10/2017 • 0 Comments

State-run plans slowly are gaining traction, but in a recent survey, 30% of employers say they are very likely to drop their DC plan and turn to a state plan. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout8/8/2017 • 0 Comments

The number of new cash balance plans adopted by employers increased by 17% — rising to 17,812 active plans — in 2015, according to new research by Kravitz, Inc. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/7/2017 • 0 Comments

A recent paper offers some insights on how communications with plan participants can be improved based on current circumstances. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/7/2017 • 0 Comments

Digital capability is central to increasing the size of retirement assets, a recent article argues, at least in part due to the increasing presence of Millennials in the workforce. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout8/6/2017 • 0 Comments

Adoption of simplified features in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s proprietary DC plans, along with making education and other resources more accessible, has fueled steady growth in employee engagement and plan enrollment, the firm reported recently. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout8/5/2017 • 0 Comments

Americans reportedly are enjoying their highest levels of personal satisfaction since the fourth quarter of 2006, according to the American Institute of CPAs’ “Personal Financial Satisfaction Index." READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/28/2017 • 0 Comments

A new analysis finds that the costs of providing retirement benefits declined by 25% between 2001 and 2015, but perhaps not for the reason(s) you think. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout7/28/2017 • 0 Comments

Survey results from LPL Financial suggest that well-targeted tax incentives for starting a retirement plan or automatically enrolling employees may motivate small businesses to adopt and enhance a plan. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout7/27/2017 • 0 Comments

A new report finds that 55% of DC plan sponsors indicate they are likely to stop offering their plan in favor of in a state-run plan if one is available. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/27/2017 • 0 Comments

Platform consolidation has re-emerged as the top initiative for managed account providers, according to a new study by Cerulli Associates. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams7/27/2017 • 0 Comments

A new Morningstar analysis finds no relationship between fund manager changes and future returns — but there are impacts. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/27/2017 • 0 Comments

A new study finds a higher rate of workplace retirement plan participation, and claims that a widely cited measure of participation understates reality by about 5 percentage points. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 7/21/2017 • 0 Comments

Automatic enrollment has long been touted — and proven — to be effective in overcoming retirement savings inertia. But automatic enrollment plan design seems to be suffering from its own inertia. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout7/18/2017 • 0 Comments

Employees are increasingly looking to their employers for financial support and believe that employers also have a responsibility for their health and well-being. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/17/2017 • 0 Comments

Automatic enrollment is the single most important feature an employer can adopt for Millennials and new hires to participate in a company’s DC plan, according to a new study from Wells Fargo. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout7/17/2017 • 0 Comments

Regardless of income level, most respondents in a new survey say they are behind in retirement prep and want to learn about retirement savings and personal financial management. READ MORE

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