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Sep 08
2010

Pension plan funding drops to four-year low

Posted by Stephen Taub in Riskpensionsdefined benefit plansCashBNY Mellon Pension Services

Stephen Taub

US corporate pension plans fell to their lowest funding level since BNY Mellon Asset Management began tracking this data in 2006.

The funded status of the typical defined benefit plan dropped 5.6 percentage points to 71.3 percent at the end of August.

Aug 03
2010

To amortize or not to amortize

Posted by SherylNash01 in defined benefit planscareer/managementamortization

SherylNash01

Employers with underfunded defined benefit (DB) pension plans can receive billions of dollars in temporary pension funding relief as a result of legislation recently signed into law, according to a new analysis by professional services company Towers Watson.

Under the Preservation to Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010, employers can elect to amortize funding shortfalls for any two plan years between 2008 and 2011, over a 15-year period, or make interest-only payments for two years, followed by seven years of amortization.

Jul 23
2010

Retirement plans shift focus

Posted by dbedell in risk managementRiskretirement benefitsPension Protection Actiondefined contribution plansdefined benefit plansCash

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US companies have undergone a big shift in how they are structuring retirement benefits packages for new employees in order to reduce cost and risk, according to a study by consultancy Towers Watson.

The study, which encompassed 642 US companies and data from 1998 to 2008, analyzed changes to defined benefit (DB), defined contribution (DC), retiree medical and retiree life insurance plans. It showed that companies across a range of industries are shifting from defined benefit to defined contribution plans, and are reducing overall benefits to new salaried employees.

Jul 01
2010

Half of companies restored 401 (k) match: Survey

Posted by Stephen Taub in Towers WatsonThe Pension Protection Act of 2006defined contribution plansdefined benefit planscompensation401k

Stephen Taub

It is another case of the glass being half empty or half full, depending upon where you sit.

Towers Watson points out that since the global financial crisis hit in September 2008, 18 percent of those who responded to its recent survey have either reduced or suspended the matching contributions to their 401(k) plans.

May 27
2010

DB pensions continue march toward extinction

Posted by Stephen Taub in Towers Watsonretirement benefitspensionshybrid pension plansdefined contribution plansdefined benefit plansCash401k

Stephen Taub

The number of large companies offering traditional defined benefit (DB) pension plans continues to decline, as they steadily march toward extinction.

Towers Watson now counts just 17 of the Fortune 100 companies still offering DB plans, down from 20 in 2009 and exactly half the total of five years ago.

May 21
2010

Shareholder, public pressure tamping down executive pay

Posted by annearf in Say on PayIn complianceexecutive compensationdefined benefit planscareer

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 If the recent "no" Say- on- Pay votes at Motorola and Occidental Petroleum   indicate anything, it's that shareholder activism and populist ire regarding executive compensation have real legs. The majority of shareholders at those companies rejected proposed pay packages in a non-binding vote. But those decisions are only the tip of the iceberg, at least as far as changes to executive comp go.

In fact, over the last 24 months, public and shareholder pressure has led one in three Fortune 500 companies to change their executive pay plans, according to Doug Frederick, head of Mercer's Executive Benefits Group, who was quoted recently in  Plansponsor.com. And,  in case you were wondering, those changes generally haven't involved increases.

Feb 13
2010

Most companies fretting over pension plan funding, status

Posted by Stephen Taub in Riskpensionsdefined benefit plansCredit Ratings

Stephen Taub

The global stock markets may have come roaring back last year. But, those responsible for their company's defined benefit pension plans are not exactly relaxing, given the overall volatility in the stock and bond markets.

According to a recent survey, executives are still very concerned about the overall volatility of their plan's funded status as well as improving the plan's funding levels.

Feb 09
2010

Companies restoring 401(k) match but still glum about retirement picture

Posted by Stephen Taub in retirementhewitt Associatesdefined contribution plansdefined benefit plansCareers/Management

Stephen Taub

Every day or so we get another nugget of data that suggests the economy is slowly, but erratically, recovering.

Today's kernel: 80 percent of companies that suspended or reduced their company match in their 401(k) plan in 2009 are planning to restore it in 2010, according to a new study from Hewitt Associates.

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