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retirement issues for finance

Retirement Policy Update – November 2021

President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The new legislation (among many other things) extends 25-year average interest rate stabilization relief under ERISA’s DB plan minimum funding rules another five years.

Retirement income, inflation, and retirement finance

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has steadily risen throughout the year, with prices in September 2021 5.4% higher than the beginning of the year. This represents, fundamentally, a reduction in the buying power of a (nominal) dollar since the beginning of the year. How does this affect retirees and those saving for retirement? The effect…Read More

Annuity Purchase Update: May 2021 Interest Rates

Despite the persistence of the pandemic, it is clear that the outlook for plan sponsors is currently trending positively. Equity markets are strong and interest rates are rising. This is leading to improved plan funding statuses and lower annuity purchase prices.

Annuity Purchase Update: April 2021 Interest Rates

April Highlights + Plan funding status climbed Asset values grew Interest rates grew Most pension plans with an asset portfolio of 60% equities and 40% fixed income improved their funding status around 11% in the first quarter of 2021 Plan sponsors have improved their funding percentage to an average of 90-93% + Annuity purchase costs…Read More

Plan funding strategy after ARPA

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) significantly relaxes single-employer defined benefit plan minimum funding requirements. New rules change the incentives for sponsors of underfunded DB plans to fund/not fund. In this article we analyze some of the strategic funding decisions confronting those sponsors.

Stimulus DB funding relief: short-run sponsor decisions

Single-employer defined benefit plan interest rate stabilization and funding relief included in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) presents DB sponsors with a number of short-run decisions. In this article, we identify some of the more significant ones, along with some of the guidance needed with respect to these decisions.