Pension

If you’d like to move to a 401(k) for 2017, you must notify employees by 11/2 As your business or that of your clients has grown, you may be thinking it’s time to upgrade your retirement plan from a SIMPLE-IRA to a 401(k) Plan. The issue is that you can’t switch mid-year as IRS rules…

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Returns on public sector pension plans reach a record low As the sponsor or contributing member of a public sector pension plan, you’re aware that investment returns have been lagging the assumed rate of return over the last few years. This, along with increased longevity of your retirees, is increasing plan liabilities & required contributions.…

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As a cost-sharing employer, did the retirement system provide you the necessary year-end disclosures for GASB 68? Many housing authorities, utility districts and other smaller members of large retirement systems approach their fiscal year end and face their first time complying with GASB 68 “Accounting & Financial Reporting for Pensions”.  As you’re likely aware, GASB…

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For everyone following the ongoing negotiations over extension of unemployment benefits, the current language would impact sponsors of defined benefit (“DB”) pension plans by lengthening the phase-out period for the pension funding relief under “MAP-21”.  As a sponsor of a DB plan covered by ERISA, this would extend the MAP-21 phase out date from 2018…

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If you’re a participant in a government sponsored pension plan and looking to collect Social Security in retirement, you may find yourself subject to the “Windfall Elimination Provision” or “WEP”.  This mainly applies to workers in government jobs hired before 1984 whereby they didn’t pay into Social Security during their government employment, but may have…

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A Pension Obligation Bond has a ripple effect. The key is to thoroughly investigate from the outset whether or not this financial instrument is the most suitable choice. It is a long-term commitment involving a fixed repayment schedule. The rewards forever hold the promise of outweighing the risk. Each municipality has a different degree of…

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Pension funding can skew in the wrong direction if there is an imbalance between returns and expenditures. When managing assets and liabilities long-term, it is best to be cautiously optimistic about expectations. The best practice is to set levels of anticipation that err on the side of caution on both sides of the coin. The…

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A Pension Obligation Bond (“POB”) is a debt instrument issued by a municipal entity such as a Town to fund all or a portion of the Unfunded Actuarially Accrued Liability (“UAAL”) for its pension or OPEB plan. A POB is designed to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity whereby the Town can issue taxable debt…

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Retirement planning is most certainly a marathon and not a sprint. It is a journey you will be on for decades, with a clear financial goal at the “finish line”. That goal is to be able to retire at a standard of living that is acceptable to you. The total nest egg you need to…

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Here is a breakdown of the inherent benefits and incentives involved in retirement planning. Choice There are unlimited investment options available in today’s world. You can stay with a simple index fund or you can tailor your choices. Low Costs The costs of investing in retirement plans and IRA’s have never been lower. You are…

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