February 2013 Archive

Retirement Policy: 2012 Recap, 2013 Agenda

February 19, 2013

Like 2011 and, we suspect, 2013, the issues of the budget and the deficit dominated legislative policy in 2012. In this article we briefly review the key 2012 retirement policy developments and then discuss what we expect to be the key retirement policy issues ‘on the table’ in 2013. Read More

PBGC's Single Employer Deficit and PBGC Premiums

February 18, 2013

In prior articles we have discussed recent increases in Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation premiums, and possible future increases that may be ‘on the table’ in budget negotiations. In this article we review just what goes into PBGC's deficit numbers and, briefly, the debate over how realistic they are. Read More

Budget Crises: Issues for Retirement Plans

February 18, 2013

The first part of 2013 is shaping up to involve a series of political crises related to the budget and the budget deficit. In this article we review the key dates (when, in effect, the crises become ‘critical’) and whether and which retirement plan issues may be part of any related Congressional action. Read More

January 2013 Pension Finance Update

February 12, 2013

Pension sponsors enjoyed a strong boost in January, building on improvements seen in the last five months of 2012. The two "model" plans we track both saw improvements in funded status last month - with traditional "Plan A" improving by more than 5%, while "Plan B" gained almost 2%. Download

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