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For employers in the process of an acquisition or merger, thorough due diligence of the target company’s retirement plan can help identify potential costly risks and liabilities, compliance issues and other plan concerns.
Pension risk transfer sales continue to break records, as the market grew another $6.3 billion in the first quarter of 2023. If you’ve been contemplating de-risking your defined benefit pension plan, the time may be right to develop a successful strategy.
Take advantage of current market conditions, which are incredibly favorable for any de-risking activity related to the recent increase in rates. Pension plan sponsors can benefit from an integrated team of experienced actuarial consultants and investment advisors who work together to achieve corporate plan objectives while optimizing funded status variability.
Target date funds (TDFs) are the fastest growing and largest asset class. Reap the benefits of a regular TDF review for your organization's retirement plan - including mitigating fiduciary risk, reducing costs. and improving benefits for your employees.
Cybersecurity must be a prime concern for your retirement plan’s data. Learn established best practices for recordkeepers and other service providers responsible for retirement-plan-related IT systems and data.
Organizations that have a hands-on approach to pension plan administration may actually have their hands full. Outsourcing offers the confidence in knowing your plan is being administered accurately, efficiently and cost-effectively.
If you have multiple service providers for your retirement plan, there are many reasons you should consider consolidating services with a single provider – including saving money, increasing employee participation and improving your peace of mind.
In today’s competitive labor market, employers are scrambling to enhance benefit programs to attract and retain top talent, while also pursuing strategies to reduce employee benefit costs. Reviewing your retirement program provides an opportunity to ensure your plan design aligns with your organization’s culture and objectives.
Entering into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lives of workers across the country have been disrupted in a number of ways. Employers have taken measures to reduce costs, including making layoffs, reducing salaries and cutting back on other benefits. This has resulted in a profound negative impact on both employers and employees, as several studies suggest that finances are the top cause of employee stress.
Pension risk transfer, or de-risking, continues to be popular, and today’s interest rate environment makes it more cost-effective to de-risk. Identifying and implementing a de-risking approach that matches your organization’s objectives can mitigate and reduce pension plan risk.
Retirement plans can evolve today to meet the needs of employees who wish to roll over — or not roll over — their assets. Research shows many workers are interested in keeping retirement savings in their employer-sponsored retirement plan (ESRP) after retirement, and more organizations are accommodating them.
Your pension plan’s improved funding status is now face-to-face with market volatility, geopolitical uncertainty and hints of a recession. If you’ve been contemplating de-risking your defined benefit pension plan, the time may be right to develop a successful pension risk transfer strategy.
Employers have an opportunity to help their employees acquire skills to improve income security and achieve the financial freedom to retire. Finding the right retirement plan recordkeeper is key to improving employees' financial security — and offsetting the financial impact of delayed retirement to your organization.
Most U.S. workers are not comfortable admitting they need help with their finances. Day after day, financial stresses can take a toll on physical and mental health. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic financial stress can lead to depression, insomnia, anxiety, heart disease and diabetes.
After two full years of a global pandemic, are your employees any closer to being retirement ready? Implementing slight changes in your plan’s design and communicating effectively with employees can have an immediate impact to your employees and your organization’s bottom line.
Do you have a retirement plan compliance checklist? If you think your organization doesn’t need one, think again. Review these common IRS and DOL compliance issues, and conduct a self-audit to help your organization company avoid future costs and liabilities.
Excessive fee lawsuits in recent years have pushed insurance carriers to be wary of issuing fiduciary liability insurance coverage to employers. As a result, employers may now have to jump through hoops to secure adequate Directors and Officers (D&O) liability insurance.
No one likes being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Department of Labor (DOL), but all qualified retirement plans (defined benefit and defined contribution) may be selected for an audit.
If you haven’t completed your defined contribution plan’s Cycle 3 restatement, it’s time to move that task to the front burner and turn up the heat. The Cycle 3 restatement period for DC plans is winding down and restatements must be adopted no later than July 31, 2022.
If a single employer overfunded pension plan is terminating and its participants and beneficiaries are on track to receive full benefits, the plan sponsor will likely ask if the excess is theirs. In other words, will the surplus revert to the plan sponsor? The answer is maybe.