Employees get guaranteed lifetime income with a defined benefit plan
Employees are clear about what they’re looking for in a retirement program — “guaranteed lifetime income,” according to October Three consultant John Lowell. Let’s discuss what this means.
Employees are clear about what they’re looking for in a retirement program — “guaranteed lifetime income,” according to October Three consultant John Lowell. People are discussing it so frequently that it’s become a buzzword in the industry.
The word “guaranteed” resonates deeply with people of all ages.
“Now, for a technical person, one of the things you might think is, ‘Well, isn't that an annuity?’ Lowell told Broadcast Retirement News. “When you test it, and this is particularly true, it seems among Gen X and Baby Boomers, the word ‘annuity’ has really negative connotations for some of those people.”
However, if you don’t mention “annuity” and tell people, “I’m going to give you guaranteed lifetime income,” they will be thrilled.
Achieving guaranteed lifetime income
For employees, defined benefit (DB) plans are the most cost-effective and equitable way to earn a guaranteed lifetime income. Over the past 50 years, the number of DB plans offered by American employers has decreased dramatically due to their perceived risk and volatility. Unfortunately, very few private sector workers today have access to a pension plan, which can hinder a secure retirement.[i]
As the retirement crisis has accelerated, the DB universe has evolved to create sustainable pension solutions for employers and employers. Since President Biden signed the Secure 2.0 Act in December 2022, interest in market return cash balance plans has surged. The law opened the door for businesses to implement these innovative plans, creating a cost-effective way for organizations to offer their workforce a secure lifetime income.
With a market return cash balance plan, an employee's account balance grows with an actual basket of investments, enabling assets and liabilities to grow in lockstep. What makes it attractive to employers? Unlike a fixed cash balance plan, they aren't on the hook to pay more than the annual market return. The costs stay very close to the budget, making it comparable to a defined contribution (DC)/401(k) plan.
Are you interested in offering your employees a “guaranteed lifetime income”? Reach out to an October Three expert today to discuss how we can design a market return cash balance plan for your company.