Popular culture in the US seems to be built around generations:
A 400-point-plus market downturn tested defined contribution investors' commitment to equities last summer. For the most part, they did not flinch.
Cost increases at defined benefit plans-especially small ones-outpace those at defined contribution plans, study says. But the gap is narrowing.
Three IRS initiatives attempt to provide some relief for employers who face review of their workers' tax status. But the critics are not entirely pleased.
Federal Reserve Employee Benefits System
Linking money managers' pay to performance seems inherently logical and fair. But designing performance-based compensation contracts can be frustratingly complicated. No wonder plan sponsors have been slow to switch.
Generous congressional retirement benefits are turning former lawmakers into pension millionaires. Some want to change this. But will they create a true "citizen's Congress," or just a rich person's club?
In Canada, opposition parties are complaining that cutbacks and reforms enacted last year were not enough. Some have given up their pensions in protest.
Public funds earn extra returns by selling credit enhancements, liquidity facilities
Despite benchmark complaints, some investors are reaping rewards
Why managers expect pensions to buy their approach to hedge fund investing
As Japanese investors unload US real estate, pension plans look to snap it up
How to control the cost of changing money managers
What on-site visits can reveal about prospective outsourcing providers
Start-ups favor 401(k)s, but spinoffs are sticking with defined benefit plans
Long-awaited 404A regs will set foreign pension deductions
DoL letter emphasizes risk management, fiduciary education, stress testing
Using downside risk analysis to set plan options and help participants make choices
Under existing Securities and Exchange Commission rules, mutual funds are allowed to provide very general information about risk
US Treasury's inflation-indexed bonds could prove a mixed blessing
GASB will require government employers to prefund retiree health benefits
How a measure to curb disability retirement abuse faded in Massachusetts
What consultant and master trustees hope to offer plan sponsors by merging
Why improved accounting practices will help investors
In simpler days, it was enough for pension sponsors to measure annual return or compare that return with actuarial assumptions in order to demonstrate performance.
Retired Sea Warfare Program, Control Officer, US Navy, 72