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 Staff3/22/2016 • 0 Comments

Despite taking a beating during a tumultuous period in the markets, America’s retirement confidence proved to be resilient, if not its level of preparation. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 3/18/2016 • 0 Comments

With increasing regularity, the financial services industry pumps out surveys that purport to capture America’s sense of confidence regarding its readiness for retirement, at least on a financial footing. Following is a roadmap for boosting retirement confidence. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/18/2016 • 0 Comments

Retirement providers spend approximately one-third of their total costs on participant communication-related activities — and in recent months, a third of a shrinking budget due to significant fee compression across the industry, according to a new report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/17/2016 • 0 Comments

There’s still a sense of optimism among investors concerning retirement plans and savings, but it’s not as robust as it was a year ago, says a report by Wells Fargo and Gallup. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/17/2016 • 0 Comments

Despite a lack of radical developments, there were some new trends among the 20 largest corporate defined benefit plan sponsors in 2015, says asset management firm Russell Investments. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/15/2016 • 0 Comments

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, in its latest quarterly report about U.S. financial accounts, provides information on how defined benefit funds fared from a variety of perspectives during the fourth quarter of 2015. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/11/2016 • 0 Comments

The Connecticut Retirement Security Board has introduced legislation that creates a state-run plan for the private sector and would force employers that already have retirement plans in place to enroll workers who do not have to be covered under ERISA in the state-run program. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/8/2016 • 0 Comments

A majority of plans are looking for ways to improve their funding, in part to avoid impending Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premium hikes, according to NEPC. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/8/2016 • 0 Comments

Standard & Poors reported on March 3 that pension funding for the S&P 1500 and S&P 500 fell in February, but the drop was much less than during the previous month. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/3/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent analysis cautions that, due to the prolific nature of cyberattacks, it may be difficult to argue that a prudent person would not consider and react to cyber risks. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/3/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent paper suggests that it is best if the plan document reflects not only the letter of the law but also the operations by which those rules are met and applied. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/3/2016 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor is planning to study how retirement planning strategies and decisions evolve — and it would like to know what you think about the effort. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/1/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent paper argues that among the most important choices a DB plan investment committee will make is choosing how the plan assets will be invested, and how those assets will be allocated in those investments. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/26/2016 • 0 Comments

Pension funds have been confronted with a series of challenges of late, but new research suggests they aren’t taking things lying down. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/26/2016 • 0 Comments

Many factors influence costs to employers that provide employees with access to a defined benefit plan; in the February 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics blog, the BLS looks at how those costs fluctuate by industry, occupation, establishment size and region, and reviews trends from 2008 to 2015.
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By ASPPA Net Staff2/26/2016 • 0 Comments

In an era when defined contribution plans are increasingly the employer-provided retirement plan norm, it may seem counterintuitive to offer a defined benefit plan; nonetheless, says recent research, that is exactly what many employers are doing. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/23/2016 • 0 Comments

There has been a massive shift in the types of retirement plans offered by the Fortune 500 since 1998 — unless you’re talking about hybrid plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/19/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent paper notes that if financial considerations drove retirement decisions, workers financially prepared for retirement would exit the labor force and those not prepared would work longer. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/19/2016 • 0 Comments

Healthy individuals may want to consider saving more for their retirement, suggests a new study that sheds fresh light on the connection between health and expenses during retirement. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/19/2016 • 0 Comments

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has made some corrections to the calculations of replacement rates — the ratio of Social Security recipients’ benefits to their past earnings — that it had released in December. READ MORE

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