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 Staff10/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Strong majorities of defined benefit investment managers plan to allocate assets to passive funds, global equity funds, real estate, infrastructure and low-variance equities in the next three years, according to a recent report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has expressed concerns about conflicts of interest in a study critical of the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal — and that has forced the resignation of one of its authors. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Millennials are living longer, and many will have to finance retirements that are actually longer than their working careers. Here are five things they should know about saving for retirement.

By ASPPA Net Staff9/30/2015 • 0 Comments

ERISA does not preempt the application of all federal laws and regulations to retirement plans — and that includes website privacy standards set by the Federal Trade Commission. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Much has been made of the ills of public and private pension plans — and hospital systems are no healthier, with a recent report showing that the collective obligations of the 50 largest non-profit health systems’ pension funds grew faster than did their assets in 2014. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has issued a report identifying which kinds of retirement plans have the highest takeup rates — ratios of participants vs. access.

By ASPPA Net Staff9/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The PBGC has released a report projecting that its Multiemployer Program Fund and single employer plans are in better financial shape and will be solvent longer than it had thought. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/28/2015 • 0 Comments

The assets of the 100 largest U.S. public employee pension systems fell slightly from the first quarter of 2015 to the second, READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/21/2015 • 0 Comments

IRA investments were more heavily allocated to stock equities in 2013, says “IRA Asset Allocations 2013, and Longitudinal Results, 2010-2013,” a study recently released by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/17/2015 • 0 Comments

Much has been made of student loan debt repayment and also of the need to save for retirement — so what’s a millennial — or Gen Y member — to do? READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/14/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has published a “Q&A on Small Savers,” a new initiative in the communication “war” about its conflict of interest proposal. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/9/2015 • 0 Comments

U.S. Steel recently froze accruals for all active pension plan participants, deepening a freeze that started in 2003.

By ASPPA Net Staff9/9/2015 • 0 Comments

The world’s pension assets hit a new milestone in 2014, but grew at half the rate of the previous year. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The stock market downturn in August affected more than stock portfolios — like many a 401(k) balance, it also affected pension plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/4/2015 • 0 Comments

A report Moody’s released Sept. 1 says that the IRS’ continued use of existing mortality tables could save DB plans $18 billion or more in 2016.

By ASPPA Net Staff9/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Fewer multiemployer pension plans are in bad shape, according to figures just released by the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/31/2015 • 0 Comments

A strong majority of U.S. workers are saving for retirement — but a certain percentage is not, and that segment has grown slightly recently, two studies show. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/28/2015 • 0 Comments

Group pension buy-outs have never been higher in the second quarter than they were this year, reports the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/25/2015 • 0 Comments

A new report notes that the number of new cash balance plans surged 32% in 2013, dwarfing new plan adoption. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/21/2015 • 0 Comments

A new study of DB and DC plans goes a little farther than just comparing them — suggesting that the best approach may be to move past the debate over which one is better. READ MORE

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