Industry Trends and Research

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


 

 

Industry Trends and Research

Industry Trends and Research

By Nevin Adams10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

There were some mixed messages in the fifth annual Wells Fargo Middle-Class Retirement study about retirement savings. The headlines were (as usual) all about retirement non-saving: the 34% reportedly not currently contributing anything to a 401(k), an IRA or other retirement savings vehicle; on the other hand, 70% of those same respondents say they have a 401(k) or equivalent plan available to them through their employer, and 93% are contributing to their plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Oct. 24 announced the premium rates for 2015. Some rates increased sharply, while other increases were far more modest. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

A new analysis claims that there are some jobs you can only seem to find in certain places. Guess where the actuarial profession stands out? READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

A new survey suggests that Millennials are “getting it” when it comes to retirement savings — or maybe as newer hires, they’re just “automatic” beneficiaries.   READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

With more and more defined benefit plan sponsors exploring — and undertaking — pension de-risking, a pair of leading U.S. Senators have asked regulators to establish some guidelines to ensure that those covered by those programs are protected. READ MORE

By Donna Brewster10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Growing and managing a business presents a multitude of challenges. To aid in meeting them, ASPPA’s new Business Managers and Owners Council will provide a number of opportunities for you to enhance your business management skills. Membership in this group is exclusively available to qualified ASPPA members as an “add on” to your regular ASPPA dues. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Social Security Administration have issued their cost-of-living adjustments relevant to retirement benefits for 2015. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/22/2014 • 0 Comments

A new study finds that more retirees are receiving retirement income from private-sector retirement plans than in 1975, the year after ERISA came into being.

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By ASPPA Net Staff10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

They say when you have your health, you have just about everything, and a new study seems to bear that out — and that includes being financially ready for retirement. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 had consequences for annual financial and actuarial information reporting under Section 4010 of ERISA and part 4010 of the PBGC regulations. To better clarify how it applies, the PBGC on Oct. 17 issued Technical Update 14-2: Effect of HATFA on 4010 Reporting. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

The number of single-employer defined benefit plans has dropped sharply over a nearly 40-year period, while multiemployer DB plans' decline has been far less dramatic. But Bureau of Labor Statistics Office of Compensation and Working Conditions economist William Wiatrowski shows in a study that it's too simplistic to explain this by noting that DB plans have long been declining as DC plans have grown. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon10/16/2014 • 0 Comments

The President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans recently held its annual meeting — but retirement planning was barely mentioned. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/11/2014 • 0 Comments

How many American workers are covered by a retirement plan? It depends on how you look at it. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/8/2014 • 0 Comments

A recent article claimed that there was an imaginary retirement income crisis that was being pushed by some who want to boost Social Security benefits and reduce tax incentives for saving. Within a day, New School economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci responded. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Differences in workforce composition — not costs — appear to be a primary cause for the lower rate at which small employers sponsor retirement plans, according to a new report.
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By John Iekel10/7/2014 • 0 Comments

According to a recent study, by and large, third party administrators want the same thing from their retirement service providers that their own clients often want from them: good service, ease of doing business and a functional website.
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By Nevin Adams10/2/2014 • 0 Comments

In Santomenno v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company, No. 13–3467, 2014 WL 4783665 (3d Cir. Sept. 26, 2014), the plaintiffs had argued that, as a service provider to their 401(k) plan, John Hancock was a fiduciary, and that it had breached its fiduciary duties by charging excessive fees. However, the court rejected the claims. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/1/2014 • 0 Comments

The nation’s private pension insurer wants a heads-up from employers about offers to participants to convert their monthly pensions to lump sum benefits. In a recent Federal Register filing, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) said it plans to revise the 2015 PBGC premium filing procedures to require reporting of such offers. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/1/2014 • 0 Comments

The annual cost of living adjustments for most limits are measured using the CPI-U announced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for July, August and September. The September rate will be released on Oct. 22 — at which point we’ll know with certainty. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Lobbying groups representing minority investment fund managers, backed by key Democratic members of Congress, recently met with key administration officials to press the case for doing business with minority and women-owned firms.
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