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 Staff7/5/2016 • 0 Comments

There is a sizable number of pre-retirees and retirees who do not enlist the assistance of a professional when devising a financial plan for their retirement, according to a recent study. It also takes a look at how they do in the effort. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/1/2016 • 0 Comments

A new survey finds that, among plans automatically enrolling participants, 7 in 10 use all three features of an autopilot program, but the adoption rate varies by plan size. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/27/2016 • 0 Comments

Financial reporting standards the Government Accounting Standard Board (GASB) set in place in Statement 74 last year are effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2016 for a variety of retirement plans that provide postemployment benefits other than pension benefits (OPEB). READ MORE

By John Iekel6/27/2016 • 0 Comments

A June 20 session of the SPARK National Conference held in Washington, DC. featured a discussion of data security. READ MORE

By John Iekel6/27/2016 • 0 Comments

Wellness is a hot topic, and that means not only physical, but also financial, health. Financial wellness is relevant to, and an aspect of, retirement readiness. A June 21 panel at the 2016 SPARK National Conference in Washington, DC included a discussion of financial wellness and what it means.
Clients are key to how it is defined, panelists indicated. READ MORE

By John Iekel6/27/2016 • 0 Comments

Panel discussions at the June 20-21 SPARK National Conference in Washington, DC offered insights into the effects the DOL fiduciary rule is already having and how the retirement industry can prepare in the less than 10 months remaining before its effective date. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo6/22/2016 • 0 Comments

The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on June 15 to examine ways to leverage prizes and technology to influence savings behavior. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/22/2016 • 0 Comments

Strong majorities of executives, investment professionals and registered investment advisors at a recent conference expect to change their technological systems in order to comply with the fiduciary rule, as well as adjust their budgets to do that.

By Nevin Adams6/17/2016 • 0 Comments

I’ve long enjoyed John Oliver’s take on the world. He has a gift for bringing humor to subjects that aren’t generally seen as funny, and in the process not only helps make complex topics more approachable, he gives voice to the frustration that millions surely feel at the world around us. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/17/2016 • 0 Comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently included a segment that was deeply critical of the financial services industry and specifically referenced the 401(k) plan that the show’s production company has with John Hancock. Here’s John Hancock’s response. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/15/2016 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the cost of retirement benefits amounted to an average of 5% of employers’ compensation expenditures in March. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/7/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent survey highlights some stark differences in retirement plan access and participation among U.S. metropolitan areas. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/7/2016 • 0 Comments

Concerns about student debt — and its impact on the finances and retirement savings of workers, particularly younger workers — had spurred interest in student loan repayment programs. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/6/2016 • 0 Comments

The finances of pension plans have improved, and pension buy-out sales have increased — trends both fueled by stock market performance and interest rates, according to two reports. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/6/2016 • 0 Comments

Retirement expectations vary by age and income — but not as much as you might think. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/3/2016 • 0 Comments

There are any number of actions (or non-actions) that can cause problems for retirement plan fiduciaries, but a plan compliance review can help head off future problems, according to a new analysis. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams6/3/2016 • 0 Comments

I recently stumbled across another of those “DC plans are becoming like DB plans” articles — you know, the so-called “DB-ification” of 401(k)s? This is all supposed to be a good thing, of course, but is it? READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/31/2016 • 0 Comments

An analysis of financial wellness assessments completed found that employees with higher financial wellness scores also had higher contribution rates to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/31/2016 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has released an annual update of its Data Book. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/27/2016 • 0 Comments

Retirement planning involves making a number of assumptions about spending after retirement – but how much — and on what — do retirees actually spend their resources? READ MORE

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