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 Staff1/20/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent study suggests that the principle location, location, location that applies to real estate also may apply to retirement plan access. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/19/2016 • 0 Comments

The “Gray Book,” a compendium of questions actuaries pose to the IRS and the answers to them, will no longer be produced in part due to reallocation of resources by the IRS. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/19/2016 • 0 Comments

A new report indicates that we may be approaching a tipping point in the effort to foster active interest in financial wellness — and in the process, improving prospects for financial readiness for retirement. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/12/2016 • 0 Comments

Retirement plan accounts benefited from higher deferrals and fewer plan loans in 2014, according to the Plan Sponsor Council of America. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/6/2016 • 0 Comments

The advent of a new year traditionally is a time to take of stock of where one has been and what lies ahead; a recent Transamerica report offers the expectations of experts from a wide range of sectors and perspectives regarding retirement plans. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/5/2016 • 0 Comments

It is something of a tradition this time of year to look back, to reminiscence about past events and lessons learned, and sometimes to look ahead. Here are some insights that should help lay the groundwork for a productive and prosperous 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/5/2016 • 0 Comments

Last year proved to be a volatile one for pension funding, but how did the nation’s largest corporate pension plans fare compared with the year before? READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/30/2015 • 0 Comments

In 2016, be ready for more of the same regarding attention to fees charged plan sponsors and participants says Susan Mangiero in her blog, Pension Risk Matters. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

One of the most-cited sources of government data regarding income sources in retirement has revamped its methodology, but in the process led to questions about its reliability of those findings, according to a recent report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

The departing year was a challenging one for many defined benefit plans, so Mercer outlines key investment issues they can focus on in 2016. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/18/2015 • 0 Comments

A diverse group of retirement industry experts has weighed in on what the world of 2019 could look like — and while their view was relatively optimistic, in some respects it wasn’t as much change as you might think. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/18/2015 • 0 Comments

This is the time that many are forming their end-of-year lists. Accordingly, the lawyers at Snell & Wilmer have prepared a “to do” list for executive compensation plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/17/2015 • 0 Comments

Among the strongest trends of the outgoing year: growth in employee engagement in their financial wellness, use of annuities and offerings of QLACs, say two recently released studies, and next year may bring more of the same. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/14/2015 • 0 Comments

In a bit of a different take on the time-honored tradition of end-of-the-year lists, Chris Carosa in Fiduciary News offers some ideas regarding ways to educate employees and encourage them to do something about their financial readiness for retirement.

By ASPPA Net Staff12/14/2015 • 0 Comments

To reach students, prepare materials that will encourage them to choose to want to learn; in “Focus on Teaching First, Then Finance,” an article in the Fall 2015 edition of Plan Consultant, Brian Kallback outlines how one can do that. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Risk transfer events (RTEs) affected more than one million pension plan participants during the period 2009-2013, reports the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). In “Risk Transfer Study: Plan Years: 2009-2013.” READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Milliman’s annual Public Pension Funding Study says that the overall funded ratio for public pension plans improved in 2014, but also includes some caveats that indicate that in both the short and long run, the picture may not be entirely rosy. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Multiemployer defined benefit plans show stability and then some, according to a recent study that says they are enjoying sustained recovery from the Great Recession.

By ASPPA Net Staff11/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The PBGC has reported that in federal fiscal year 2015 the agency paid millions of dollars to support multiemployer pension plans and billions to people covered by pension plans that failed, and that its multiemployer program and its single-employer program ran deeper in debt. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/30/2015 • 0 Comments

Pension plan sponsors have long been concerned about rising Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation premiums — but now a major ratings agency has raised its concerns as well. READ MORE

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