Higher Discount Rates Will Help 2013 Pension Disclosures and 2014 Expense

The final results are in and pension plan sponsors should be pleased with final year-end discount rates – at least compared to the FY2012 rates. Using the Citigroup Pension Liability Index (CPLI) and Citigroup Pension Discount Curve (CPDC) as proxies, pension accounting discount rates are up by about 90 basis points this year. This is […]Read More… from Higher Discount Rates Will Help 2013 Pension Disclosures and 2014 Expense

Preview of 2014 Lump Sum Interest Rates

As mentioned in our July lump sum interest rate post, many defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors are considering lump sum payouts to their terminated vested participants as a way of “right-sizing” their plan. The ultimate goal is to reduce plan costs and risk. The IRS recently released the November 2013 417(e) rates, which will be […]Read More… from Preview of 2014 Lump Sum Interest Rates

What’s the Impact of 2014 IRS Retirement Plan Limits?

The IRS just announced the 2014 retirement plan benefit limits and we’re seeing some modest increases from 2013. What does it all mean for employer-sponsored retirement plans? This post analyzes the practical effects for both defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) plans, followed by a table summarizing the limit changes. Changes affecting both DB […]Read More… from What’s the Impact of 2014 IRS Retirement Plan Limits?

Pension Discount Rates – September 2013 Preview

After several years of painfully-low pension discount rates, we’ve seen a modest rebound in 2013. Using the Citigroup Pension Liability Index (CPLI) and Citigroup Pension Discount Curve (CPDC) as proxies, pension accounting discount rates are up by about 80 basis points so far this year. This is great news for pension plan sponsors, especially if […]Read More… from Pension Discount Rates – September 2013 Preview

Lump Sum Interest Rate Update – June 2013

Many defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors are considering lump sum payouts to their terminated vested participants as a way of reducing plan costs and risk. This post shares a brief update of the interest rates used to calculate deferred vested lump sums and the impact it could have on potential lump sum payout strategies. Background […]Read More… from Lump Sum Interest Rate Update – June 2013

Small Closed DB Plans Need to Monitor §401(a)(26) Status

In last week’s blog post covering nondiscrimination testing pitfalls for soft-frozen pension plans, we discussed how defined benefit (DB) plans that are closed to new participants can run afoul of the IRC §410(b) minimum coverage rules. Today’s post discusses how small DB plans closed to new entrants can also have difficulties passing the IRC §401(a)(26) […]Read More… from Small Closed DB Plans Need to Monitor §401(a)(26) Status

Beware Nondiscrimination Pitfalls for Frozen Pension Plans

Many defined benefit (DB) pension plans were closed to new entrants over the past several years. Oftentimes, these plan closures were done with a focus on short-term cost control without understanding some of the long-term compliance implications. Then, one day, the plan sponsor gets an unwelcome surprise from their actuary – their DB plan is […]Read More… from Beware Nondiscrimination Pitfalls for Frozen Pension Plans

Evaluating PBGC Premium Options in Advance of Big Increases

Each year, defined benefit (DB) pension plan sponsors must pay pension insurance premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). In light of large PBGC premium rate increases in 2013 and future years, plan sponsors should carefully evaluate their options before proceeding with their next premium payment. Background There are two components to annual PBGC […]Read More… from Evaluating PBGC Premium Options in Advance of Big Increases

Déjà Vu All Over Again: PBGC Extends Reportable Event Relief for 2013 and Beyond

In what has become an annual rite of winter, the PBGC recently released PBGC Technical Update 13-1 extending relief from the proposed amendments to the reportable events regulations for certain small pension plans. However, unlike previous years’ relief, the new technical update provides guidance for all plan years after 2012 (or until new proposed or […]Read More… from Déjà Vu All Over Again: PBGC Extends Reportable Event Relief for 2013 and Beyond

Expect Lower Discount Rates (and Higher Liabilities) for 2012 Pension Disclosures

Pension discount rates continued to drop during 2012 and plan sponsors should prepare for yet another potential upward spike in balance sheet liabilities for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. Using the Citigroup Pension Liability Index (CPLI) and Citigroup Pension Discount Curve (CPDC) as proxies, pension accounting discount rates may decrease by roughly 35 […]Read More… from Expect Lower Discount Rates (and Higher Liabilities) for 2012 Pension Disclosures