Defined contribution plans
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Hedged global bonds could be answer to DC volatility problem
Many defined contribution plan sponsors are seeking solutions aimed at reducing undue volatility — excess volatility without a commensurate increase in return — that can prevent a plan and its participants from achieving their long-term objectives. Our research suggests hedged global bonds may be
Decumulation moves to forefront
Every aspect of defined contribution plans has remained open to debate and tweaks, but increasingly the goal of turning DC savings into an adequate income stream for retirees is the elephant in the room.
A looming threat employers face from 401(k) plan loan defaults
As an employee benefits lawyer who counsels employers, I have become increasingly concerned about the implications of “pension leakage” for fiduciary liability, at least in the absence of currently available loan protection or a statutory safe harbor. Pension leakage is a term describing what ...
Defined contribution plans around the world
Plan sponsors and regulators continue to search for the right mix of contributions, investment choices and income streams to give participants the security once provided by defined benefit plans.
IPPs becoming vehicle of choice for multinationals
Multinational corporations increasingly are looking to international defined contribution plans to cover large populations of local employees in key markets where domestic retirement plan options don't exist or offer poor value.
Retirement calculators evolve into sophisticated tools
Interactive financial calculators, long a staple of defined contribution plans, have evolved from a collection of numbers that yield a lump-sum accumulation to a detailed analysis of retirement spending that counts more than a participant's DC plan balance.
Accounting changes are pushing Japanese companies to DC plans
New accounting rules effective this year are prompting a growing number of companies in Japan to add defined contribution plans to their retirement programs or to expand existing ones.
New group looks to educate DC execs about real estate
A new organization created by real estate asset managers is seeking to educate defined contribution plan executives about the role of real estate investments in DC plan menus.
Panasonic to shift retirement benefits program to DC from DB
Panasonic Corp., the Japanese electronics giant, announced Friday it would change its retirement benefits program to a defined contribution plan from its current defined benefit plan.
Wichita 457 plan wants third-party administrator
Wichita (Kan.) Employees 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is searching for a third-party administrator.
Austin Travis County Integral Care looking for a bundled provider for 3 DC plans
Austin Travis County (Texas) Integral Care is searching for a bundled provider for its three defined contribution plans.
Austin Deferred Comp plan picks The Retirement Store as investment consultant
Austin (Texas) Deferred Compensation Plan hired The Retirement Store as investment consultant for its $308 million plan.
Fink: U.S. needs mandatory retirement savings plan like NEST or Aussie supers
The U.S. should implement a form of mandatory savings, akin to Australia's superannuation system, because Social Security, defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans aren't providing, in aggregate, a comprehensive foundation for retirement, Laurence Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, ...
Washington's Clark County on lookout for investment consultant for 457 plan
Clark County, Vancouver, Wash., is searching for an investment consultant for its $54 million 457 plan.
Fixed income still important in DC plan design
Despite the low returns in fixed income, the asset class is still an important part of a defined contribution plan's core menu, Dan McManus, supervisor of pensions and investments for the Air Line Pilots Association International, said in a recent Pensions & Investments interview.