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.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to issue opinion and advisory letters for some preapproved defined benefit (DB) pension plans restated for changes in plan qualification requirements, the IRS announced March 9.
When a new hire joined a U.S. Fortune 500 company in 1998, there was about a 59% chance he or she would be offered a traditional or hybrid defined benefit (DB) pension. As of 2017, that likelihood dropped to 16% in the same group of employers, according to a new Willis Towers Watson (WTW) retrospective […]
Global institutional pension fund assets in the 22 major markets grew to $41.3 trillion at year-end 2017, according to latest figures in the Thinking Ahead Institute’s Global Pension Assets Study, representing the highest figure since the report began in 1997.
DB plan sponsors should be aware that while the 2017 calendar year is behind us, they can still generally contribute for the 2017 plan year until September 15, 2108, assuming they operate on a calendar-year plan year.
Strong market returns and larger-than-expected employer contributions shored up the funded status of the United States’ largest corporate pension plans modestly at the end of 2017, compared with the end of 2016, according to an analysis released January 2 by consulting firm Willis Towers Watson.
The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) in late 2017 launched another way for terminated defined contribution (DC) retirement plans to locate missing participants and make it more likely that they receive their benefits.
Multiemployer retirement plans’ funding in the first half of 2017 neared its best position since the market collapse of 2008, according to a new study by the actuarial consulting firm Milliman. But despite an average funded percentage of 81%, these plans still face significant pressures, with many on track to require assistance in the future […]
The new mortality tables required for use by final regulations released on October 5 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were expected, but bring into sharper focus a host of concerns for the single-employer defined benefit (DB) retirement plans that must eventually incorporate them.
Interest in transferring pension risk off their balance sheets and on to insurance companies appear to be accelerating among U.S. defined benefit (DB) retirement plan sponsors, according to a recent poll conducted by insurer MetLife. The poll’s results lead MetLife to predict 2017 will be “another very robust year of [pension risk transfer] market activity.”