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Pension Funding Levels Improve, but Still Well Below 2011 Peak: Mercer

November 3, 2011
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The consultancy attributed the funding improvement to an 11 percent gain in equity values in October, partially offset by a decrease in corporate bond yields.
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Report: Governmental Entities Benefit Most from Early Retiree Program

October 31, 2011
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Federal agency says of the more than $2.7 billion that was paid out through June 30, 45.6 percent went to governmental entities while 36.6 percent went to commercial entities, such as self-funded private employers.
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Hybrid Pension Plan on the Drawing Board in California

October 31, 2011
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The proposal would create a pension plan with elements of defined benefit and defined contribution plans and would also raise the retirement age for new state and local government employees to 67.
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DC, DB Plans Hurt by Rising Health Care Costs

October 20, 2011
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Aside from health care benefits, the only corporate benefits budget item that grew between 2009 and 2011 was corporate 401(k) plans, which increased two percentage points to 15 percent in the latest survey.
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Analysis Shows Most Employers Restore 401(k) Match

October 20, 2011
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The suspensions occurred from January 2008 through January 2010, though most occurred during the first half of 2009, which was the peak of the Great Recession, according to research by Towers Watson.
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401(k)s Hang on as Stock Market Ride Gets Rough

August 23, 2011
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Financial advisers and executives at retirement plan providers said that employees, while tending toward caution, do not appear to be panicked. During the wild swings a few weeks ago, participants largely sought information.
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Report Highlights Continued Decline in Defined Benefit Plans

February 14, 2011
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Plan executives ‘are starting to realize that it’s not the plan design that drives [pension plan funding] volatility, but the deliberate risk-seeking behavior that results in mismatching of assets to liabilities,’ according to a recent Mercer study.
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Creating Ideal Defined Contribution Plan Takes Strong Will, Firm Focus

December 15, 2010
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Whether it is out-of-pocket costs or costs associated with resources, expense can be a key deterrent in getting to the optimal defined-contribution plan. Cost can make plan sponsors reluctant to add advisory services or even automated features.
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IRS Extends Deadline to Alter Defined Benefit Plans

December 2, 2010
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The one-year extension will likely give employers more time to prepare plan documents.
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