Industry Trends and Research

“Industry Trends and Research” covers significant research and trends impacting ASPPA members' practices.


 

 

Industry Trends & Research

Industry Trends & Research

By ASPPA Net Staff11/13/2015 • 0 Comments

Outsourcing plan administration can help in meeting increasingly complicated requirements — but it’s not a full absolution from all responsibilities, argues Fiduciary Plan Governance in a recent blog entry. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Despite a growing awareness of the importance of retirement income planning, a recent survey finds nearly half of plan sponsors offer no income-oriented products to their participants. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Recent research by Milliman, Inc. shows mixed signals for private-sector pension plans; their funded status dropped and liabilities grew, but funding problems may have begun to turn the corner. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/9/2015 • 0 Comments

As the Department of Labor prepares the final iteration of its proposed fiduciary rule, it may be useful to look back on how this all came about and what it entails — and the Congressional Research Service has issued a report that facilitates just that kind of review. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon10/28/2015 • 0 Comments

A recent panel discussion the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) held in Washington, D.C. titled, “The State of American Retirement: Navigating the Gender Imbalance,” made a strong case for more attention being paid to better enabling women to engage in financial planning. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/27/2015 • 0 Comments

MetLife in its most recent Pension Risk Transfer Poll sheds some light on pension risk transfers (PRTs), what may be motivating them and what employers are thinking. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/22/2015 • 0 Comments

Here’s a recap of our coverage of sessions and speakers from the 2015 ASPPA Annual Conference: READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/16/2015 • 0 Comments

A strong majority of Millennials number understanding retirement planning options among their biggest challenges, according to a recently released study.
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By ASPPA Net Staff10/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The recent rough patch corporate pensions have had may have broader implications. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/13/2015 • 0 Comments

In general, women need to do more to save for retirement, according to a recent study that attributes this finding to demographic and salary factors. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Treasury have taken steps that curb lump sum pension buyout offers by pension plans to those receiving ongoing payments; in a recent post on his “Nerd’s Eye View” blog, Michael Kitces offers his take on what these actions mean. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Recent reports indicate that both private and public plans’ funded status declined in September. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/9/2015 • 0 Comments

There is a widespread sense among Millennials that it’s important to save for retirement, according to a recent report. READ MORE

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.
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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.
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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

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