With their sights set firmly on the trillions of defined contribution plan assets expected to move into customized target-date funds before the end of the decade, Bridgewater Associates LP and AQR Capital Management LLC are looking to make sure their risk-parity and hedge fund strategies are readily available for use as components within the target-date series.
The Employee Benefit Research Institute did a state-by-state analysis to see whether it was possible to pinpoint financially savvy states and ranked them in two categories: financial literacy and financial behavior.Read More
Four in 10 of those surveyed said that their biggest fear about retirement is that they 'will do all the right things and it still won't be enough for tomorrow.'Read More
The Palo Alto, California-based tech giant contributed a total of $279 million to its U.S. pension plans and $458 million to its non-U.S. pension plans in 2011.Read More
Of survey respondents, 68 percent said their companies have closed defined benefit plans to new or all employees in the past five years. Read More
'The reality is that 401(k)s were never intended to take the place of pensions,' according to New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a speech at the New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis in New York City.
Nearly half of defined contribution plan sponsors either offer or plan to soon offer some type of inflation protection strategy to their participants, a Mercer study shows. Stand-alone Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, are the most widely used option, ahead of combining multiple asset classes.Read More
The revised technical release updates an interim e-disclosure policy issued in September allowing defined contribution plan administrators to provide fee-disclosure information to participants electronically.Read More
Two plans to cut the federal deficit could drastically change the tax treatment of 401(k) plans. The first, called the ‘20/20 cap,’ would limit annual 401(k) contributions to $20,000 or 20 percent of salary. The second would end tax deductions for 401(k) plans and replace them with a flat-rate refundable credit.Read More
As was the case in the prior fiscal year, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Fund did not incur any multibillion-dollar losses in fiscal 2011.Read More