Tag: DB

Defined benefit retirement plan

How to Know When Your Defined Benefit Plan Is Ready to Prepare for Termination

Employer-sponsored private-sector defined benefit (DB) plans have been on the decline for many years as U.S. employers have shifted to defined contribution (DC) retirement plans. Just 17% of private-sector employees had only a DB plan or both a DB and DC plan as of March 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Meanwhile, […]

Using Real Market Returns for Interest Crediting Reduces Cash Balance Plans’ Volatility, Study Finds

A shift to using real market returns for interest crediting in defined benefit (DB) plans’ cash balance (CB) features is lessening volatility and making the supplementary retirement accounts more appealing to plan sponsors—especially because this type of formula is more responsive to changing market conditions, according to a recent study.

Defined benefit retirement plan

Almost a Third of Defined Benefit Plans Have 95% Funding, Making Buyouts, Risk Transfers ‘Feasible,’ Study Finds

Approximately 30% of U.S. defined benefit (DB) pension plans currently have a funded status of 95% or higher, making a full buyout or significant risk transfer transaction a “feasible option” for a growing number of plans since the start of the year, according to a recent analysis by RiskFirst, a financial technology company that works […]


Restated Preapproved DB Plans Learn from DC IRS Amendment Cycle

Defined benefit (DB) retirement plan sponsors with restated preapproved plan documents that were part of the latest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 6-year remedial amendment cycle can benefit from some of the lessons learned by other sponsors that have completed the defined contribution (DC) cycle.