When individuals take a lump-sum payment rather than continued monthly benefits, Ford no longer will face such risks as paying more than expected if the individuals live longer than expected. Read More
Workers would keep their defined benefit contributions, something that has largely disappeared from the private sector.
The development of the restructuring will set a precedent, particularly at a time when local government budgets and defined benefit plans are under strain.Read More
The case is significant because new federal rules that go into effect this summer will require 401(k) plan service providers—such as record keepers and investment managers—to report detailed fee information to plan sponsors.Read More
At a House hearing, neither Dems nor Republicans seemed eager to tinker with main selling point of 401(k)s and IRAs.Read More
'What we need to do is provide options so that, case by case—employer and employee—they have choices. … And I think that, actually, is an important part of the future,' Joshua Gotbaum told the National Press Club on April 3.
The market value of pension plan assets increased by about $37 billion to about $1.246 trillion in 2011. But the value of plan liabilities leaped by about $133 billion to about $1.573 trillion.
The U.S. Senate on March 14 approved allowing corporate defined benefit pension plans to base their contribution calculations on interest rates over a 25-year average rather than current interest rates, which have sent contribution payments soaring.
Thirty percent of those surveyed have virtually no savings or investments, and 60 percent reported less than $25,000 in savings, excluding the value of their home or any defined benefit plans.Read More
The aggregate funding level of 422 pension plans offered by Fortune 1000 companies fell to 78 percent in 2011, down from 84 percent in 2010 and 81 percent in 2009, according to Towers Watson & Co. analysis.