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 ASPPA Net Staff1/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Funding levels of pension plans sponsored by the S&P 1500 fell by 9 percentage points in 2014, from 88% to 79%. According to Mercer, the plans’ collective deficits more than doubled last year, reaching $504 billion at year-end.
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By Nevin Adams1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

Despite media attention surrounding the Millennial Generation’s relatively poor economic outcomes during the Great Recession, a new analysis by researchers at the Federal Reserve finds that they have fared better on many measures than both current older adults and earlier young adults. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

It was not a good year for pension funding, according to two studies of 2014 data on pension plan funding levels. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Forced plan cash-outs into individual retirement accounts (IRAs) could leave billions to be poorly invested for the long-term, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Nearly half of Americans retire earlier than expected, yet retirees overwhelmingly report that they are enjoying themselves and discovering that pre-retirement fears of boredom, financial insecurity and lacking purpose are largely unfounded, according to a new study by MassMutual Retirement Services. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/19/2014 • 0 Comments

Asked to choose between a 401(k)-type plan or a company pension plan that provides guaranteed income in retirement, a slim majority of non-retirees chose the 401(k).
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/15/2014 • 0 Comments

Top-heavy testing, fiduciary liability, minimum participation standards, non-discrimination testing, contribution limits...the best — and the worst — of ERISA. Here's your chance to weigh in! READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/12/2014 • 0 Comments

While retirement savings grew to one third (33.7%) of all household investable assets at $13.9 trillion, retirement assets of consumers age 65 to 74 surged from $2.3 trillion to a new high of $3.5 trillion, and now constitute a quarter of total retirement assets, according to a new report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/11/2014 • 0 Comments

Saving for retirement in a workplace savings plan or IRA is the top long-term financial goal, according to a new survey. But the survey also contains the sobering finding that financial resolutions for the new year are on the decline as 2015 approaches. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/5/2014 • 0 Comments

Even the affluent are “terrified” of the impact of health care costs on retirement — but most haven’t discussed that topic with an advisor, according to an online survey conducted by Harris Poll for the Nationwide Retirement Institute. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/2/2014 • 0 Comments

The Fortune 1000 has reported an estimated $285 billion in retiree medical obligations for 2013 — but that’s better than a year ago, according to a recent report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2014 • 0 Comments

A recent hearing the Bipartisan Policy Commission held focused on longevity, leakage and long-term care costs amid the broader topic of threats to retirement security. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/25/2014 • 0 Comments

Fortune 1000 companies’ pension plans fared well in 2014, a continuation of trends that began in 2013. And that, says Towers Watson, means that the risks a pension plan poses an employer have shrunk. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/24/2014 • 0 Comments

While Americans have been living longer, a new report suggests that that trend could slow in the future — and that could have an impact on pension calculations and retirement projections. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Those who don't have a retirement plan had better figure out a plan B for retirement, because a new study suggests that they're more likely to misjudge their expected retirement date. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/19/2014 • 0 Comments

There has been much discussion about savings trends and the unique challenges of Millennials, specifically the impact of graduating with so much college debt. But adjusted for inflation, the debt totals are very much in line with those of earlier generations. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/14/2014 • 0 Comments

As industry consolidation continues apace, the universe of 401(k) plan providers for employers is shrinking. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that competition among the providers is correspondingly reduced. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/4/2014 • 0 Comments

A new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute notes that the probability of a worker participating in an employment-based retirement plan increased significantly along with the size of his or her employer. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reissued its preliminary report on individual retirement account (IRA) accumulations. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/26/2014 • 0 Comments

If you are a 3(16) plan administrator, one of the keys to success — if not survival — is to know what your responsibilities are, and that is spelled out in the plan document, says Ilene Ferenczy of the Ferenczy Benefits Law Center. She made her remarks at an Oct. 26 session of the ASPPA Annual Conference at National Harbor near our nation’s capital. READ MORE

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