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 Staff6/5/2015 • 0 Comments

A majority of households age 55 and older do not have retirement savings, according to a recently released study by the Government Accountability Office.
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By ASPPA Net Staff6/1/2015 • 0 Comments

The cost of investment management is the top expense for defined benefit plan sponsors, a recent study found. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The recent Department of Labor (DOL) study finding deficiencies in audits of employee benefit plans does not translate to a statement about how viable those plans are, says the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) in a May 28 statement.
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By Mike Bushnell5/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Most respondents in a recent survey of high-level defined benefit plan representatives in the United States and Canada said they would adjust their risk exposure if updated mortality tables increased their plan’s liabilities, but a small minority are actively implementing de-risking strategies. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell5/12/2015 • 0 Comments

Echoing a recent study from Transamerica in which the vast majority of Boomers and Gen Xers expect to retire long after they turn 65, an Allianz survey reports that more than five in six Americans over 35 say traditional retirement is now “a romantic fantasy.”
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By ASPPA Net Staff4/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Target-date funds continued to receive the majority of new contributions into individuals’ accounts in March, according to the AonHewitt 401(k) Index. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell4/23/2015 • 0 Comments

For an increasing number of Americans, work is where they expect to learn about saving for retirement — and a growing number of employers are trying to help.
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By Nevin Adams4/22/2015 • 0 Comments

The 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald & Associates finds that the nation’s retirement confidence continues to rebound from recent record lows — but not for everyone. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/17/2015 • 0 Comments

The funded status of certain private sector defined benefit plans lost ground in 2014, according to a recently released study. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Corporate pension funding levels in the first quarter of 2015 lost some ground, according to analysts from two industry sources. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams4/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Industry pundits (and many advisors) continue to tout retirement plan lifetime income options but current trends don’t appear favorable, according to John Haley, Chief Executive Officer at Towers Watson. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell4/8/2015 • 0 Comments

As businesses continue to recover from the Great Recession, the number of employers that offer retirement plans has nearly returned to pre-crisis levels, but many pension plans that disappeared during the downturn have not returned., according to a new Transamerica survey. However, READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/2/2015 • 0 Comments

After a string of positive months for average 401(k) balances, the markets finally took their toll in March. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/1/2015 • 0 Comments

A strengthening economy does not appear to have translated into fewer loans from solo 401(k)s. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/27/2015 • 0 Comments

The Employee Benefit Research Institute has published an analysis on the right savings rate for a successful retirement that goes well beyond the simplistic “replacement rate” assumptions touted by many. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/17/2015 • 0 Comments

Record highs on Wall Street did little to motivate participant movement in February — and while transfers favored fixed income during the month, international funds also had some allure.
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By Mike Bushnell3/17/2015 • 0 Comments

Baby Boomers who have yet to cut the financial cord with their adult children are increasingly finding that tether to be more like an anchor keeping them from reaching retirement, says a recent study.
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By ASPPA Net Staff3/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Americans strongly believe in and support saving for retirement, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re saving as much as they are projected to need in order to be financially ready for retirement, two recent studies indicate.
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By ASPPA Net Staff3/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Retirees will need an average of $2.5 million to maintain the same quality of life in retirement, according to a recent Legg Mason survey.
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By ASPPA Net Staff3/3/2015 • 0 Comments

The funded status of corporate pensions in the United States was 87.5% in February, a jump of 5.1 percentage points since January, according to BNY Mellon Investment and Strategy Group (ISSG). What a difference a month makes: their funded status slipped by almost the same amount the month before. READ MORE

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