Defined Benefit Plans

  • De-risking defined benefits plans needs to be a corporate priority

    April 17, 2014

    Rising interest rates and strong stock market performance have improved funding ratios for DB plans and created an environment in which plan sponsors can — and are — acting decisively to mitigate risk.

  • IRS issues rules for recognizing same-sex spouses under retirement plans

    April 10, 2014

    The IRS last week issued Notice 2014-19, which sets forth the rules for recognition of same-sex spouses in retirement plan administration. Here's what employers need to know.

  • Politicized climate may see retirement programs under attack

    March 24, 2014

    While a flurry of recent, presidential-level focus on America’s retirement system might be a good opportunity for dialog on its shortfalls, those in the retirement industry fear that a new era of potential tax grabs is on the horizon.

  • SEP: The procrastinator’s pension plan

    March 11, 2014

    Commentary: It’s not too late to set up a 2013 retirement plan. It may not be flexible, but it is available for those seeking last-minute savings.

  • PBGC’s premium change to benefit large pension plans

    February 5, 2014

    A new schedule change ending the twice-a-year premium requirement to large company-sponsored pension plans, orchestrated by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, is expected to be a boon for retirement plan sponsors.

  • MyRA proposal seeks to solve problem that doesn’t exist

    January 29, 2014

    In this commentary, one retirement plan adviser says government efforts and taxpayer funds would be better directed to educating employees on the importance of contributing to their 401(k) accounts and providing additional tax incentives for those few employers that have not already established a 401(k) plan.

  • TIAA-CREF: Retirement less secure than most people think

    January 29, 2014

    Being prepared for retirement is no longer an after-thought as President Barack Obama boldly claimed at last night’s State of the Union; TIAA-CREF’s new survey adds to this national conversation, noting that one-in-three covered Americans say they place guaranteed income at top of their retirement to-do list, but many are faced with problems that their traditional retirement offerings can’t answer.

  • A defined benefit plan that’s actually on the rise

    January 17, 2014

    Cash balance plans, with some DC-like components, have increased 10% in the DB market in the last five years.

  • 10 tips for pension risk management in DB plans

    December 26, 2013

    As companies still fortunate enough to offer pension programs have recently been focusing on cutting the risks that impact their corporate balance sheets, human resources firm Mercer offers 10 tips that plan sponsors should keep in mind for their defined-benefit plans in the new year.

  • Employee benefits compliance checklist for 2013 year end

    December 23, 2013

    2013 is not over yet. Employers and HR and benefits professionals must address these 14 compliance issues before the New Year begins. Timothy F. Kennedy is a partner in Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice, concisely outlines retirement and health care issues that plan sponsors must consider in the following days.

  • Fixed annuities push overall annuity sales to highest level in two years

    December 5, 2013

    Bolstered by the highest fixed annuity sales since the second quarter of 2009, industrywide annuity sales reached $57.5 billion during the third quarter of 2013, according to data from Morningstar, Inc. and Beacon Research.

  • The case for independent trustees in DB plan terminations

    November 18, 2013

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is routinely appointed as trustee in defined benefit plan terminations, but some question whether the PBGC is always the best option.

  • Trade Group Seeks to Clarify Health of Pension Reserves

    November 17, 2013

    Says snapshot perspective, historically low interest rates skew picture of employer-based pension system.

  • DB plans continue de-risking, but not disappearing

    November 13, 2013

    In a new survey of defined benefit retirement plan sponsors, 30% still have their pensions open to new hires, and 70% of those employers think they shall still be offering the plan to all employees five years from now, according a survey released Tuesday.

  • Corporate pension funded status remains above 91%

    November 7, 2013

    Corporate CFOs, investors, and participants cheer a remarkable $392 billion improvement in funded status over the last 12 months.

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