Posts Tagged ‘retirement plan’

How Student Loan Debt Impacts Retirement Savings

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

FMI: How Student Loan Debt Impacts Retirement Savings

If your workforce includes recent college graduates, it’s likely that some of them have debt associated with their college years. Student debt may play a large part in the finances of these young (and even not-so-young) employees; that’s why a complete picture of employee financial wellness should consider it. (more…)

Employees Prefer a Retirement Paycheck

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

The shift away from traditional pension plans means today’s employees are largely responsible for their own retirement security. Yet many seem to long for the “good old days,” at least in the sense of knowing they will receive a monthly income throughout retirement.

What role should companies play in the retirement security of their employees, especially as it relates to steady retirement income? And how can employees best meet the need for a retirement income they can count on? Those were among the questions explored recently with about 1,000 U.S. employees.

While 54% of the survey’s respondents said they retain primary responsibility for their own retirement security, 27% said companies are primarily responsible, and 19% believe it’s the government that has primary responsibility. Asked if they would prefer a set retirement paycheck for life from their employer over a lump sum of money to invest themselves, 58% preferred the steady paycheck. Interestingly, that sentiment came not only from Baby Boomers, but also from Millennials.

Employees want to partner with employers

Employees continue to want to partner with their employers in the planning and execution of their retirement savings, the survey found. In fact, they said they want companies to be more involved in providing for their retirement security in the next five to 10 years; 61% of respondents agreed with that sentiment, compared to just 9% who said the employer should be less involved.

When asked whether they would prefer to set aside part of their salary into a company-sponsored retirement plan or into the Social Security program, about three-quarters said they prefer to channel their money to the company plan. In fact, 56% said they would prefer to save on their own rather than paying into Social Security, if those were the only two choices. Forty-four percent preferred Social Security to saving on their own.

This information, which was gleaned from MetLife’s Role of the Company Survey2, released in April 2018, aligns with research that found a crisis in financial confidence among single female retirees; close to half of those surveyed are not confident their savings will last through age 90.3

Annuities and advisors increase confidence

The concept of a paycheck for life could be realized, even without traditional pension plans, through the purchase of annuities. Among single retirees, 71% of women with an annuity felt confident that they could live the retirement lifestyle they want, compared to 56% of those without an annuity. The figure was 68% for single male retirees, whether or not they owned an annuity.

2 https://www.metlife.com/about-us/newsroom/2018/april/for-retirement-employees-prefer-steady-paycheck-over-managing-th/

http://www.limra.com/Posts/PR/News_Releases/LIMRA_Secure_Retirement_Institute_Single_Retirees_Feel_More_Vulnerable_to_Longevity_Risk.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The same research shows that working with a financial advisor can have a significant impact on retiree confidence. Three out of four single men and women retirees who work with an advisor were confident in living the lifestyle they want, while 66% of single men and 54% of single women who do not work with an advisor feel that way.

In The Driver’s Seat

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

When it comes to investing for retirement, it’s up to you to decide how to manage your plan.

Your company offers a major benefit through its retirement plan — a powerful vehicle that helps you save. It’s up to you to decide how to make the most of its many features, including deciding on your investments. But you don’t have to go it alone… whether you want to “do it yourself,” have a professional “do it for you” or “get some help doing it,” most plans offer a wealth of resources to get you started and keep you on track.

Drive the “car” yourself.

If you’re interested in learning about the investment markets and comfortable making the choices that are right for you, you may want to be more involved in managing your plan.

When you choose to “do it yourself,” you:
• Mix and match individual funds from your plan’s investment menu.
• Select an asset allocation fund that invests in accordance with your tolerance for risk, and then decide when you want to change to another fund when your risk tolerance or new financial circumstances warrant.
• May want to consider a target-date fund if you are interested in an “all-in-one” type of investment that automatically invests according to your time horizon to retirement and beyond.

Uber your future!

Would you rather focus your time on interests outside of investing, taking more of a hands-off approach to managing money? Maybe you’re a “do it for me” investor. This option may be appealing to you if your finances are complex. Say your financial goals include buying a first home, having children or caring for parents. As a “do it for me” investor, you can have an investment professional select and manage the funds in your account for an annual cost and provide financial planning to help you pursue your goals.

Maybe ridesharing is more your speed.

Maybe you’d like to keep control over the funds you select in your account but would like someone to talk to about your decision. This describes the “get some help doing it” investor. Most retirement plans offer access to online advice tools, or a toll-free Call Center that you can call for guidance about the investments offered under your plan, how to allocate them, and when it may make sense for you to rebalance.

Taking Advantage of the New Tax Law

Monday, August 6th, 2018

The dust hasn’t yet settled, but a few things about the new tax law seem clear. Employees will likely begin to notice a difference in their paychecks as early as February, and some projections put the average worker’s additional spendable income at about $2,000 per year.

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Test Your Money Smarts

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Think you have a good handle on the basics of investing? Take this 10-question quiz to see how you rate on basic investment skills.

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2018 Retirement Trends to Watch

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

In-plan spending strategies becoming more important

Among retirement industry trends to watch in 2018, along with how to save money in a 401(k) plan and other retirement accounts, is how to spend those savings.

A retirement industry think-tank expects a growing number of plan sponsors and industry stakeholders to evaluate retirement income solutions and de-accumulation strategies for DC plans. The expectation is that, with the growing impact on the workforce of an aging population, increased emphasis will be placed on the distribution of plan assets.

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Taking Advantage of the New Tax Law

Monday, June 4th, 2018

The dust hasn’t yet settled, but a few things about the new tax law seem clear. Employees will likely begin to notice a difference in their paychecks as early as February, and some projections put the average worker’s additional spendable income at about $2,000 per year.

What they will do with that income remains to be seen. While many will be tempted to improve their standard of living through purchases, you may be able to encourage them to take a longer view. As the increase in take-home pay is beginning to kick in, now could be the perfect time to point out reasons to increase retirement savings. Better yet, it might be the right time to amend the plan to allow for automatic increases in deferral amounts. (more…)

2018 Retirement Trends to Watch

Monday, June 4th, 2018

In-plan spending strategies becoming more important

Among retirement industry trends to watch in 2018, along with how to save money in a 401(k) plan and other retirement accounts, is how to spend those savings.

A retirement industry think-tank expects a growing number of plan sponsors and industry stakeholders to evaluate retirement income solutions and de-accumulation strategies for DC plans.

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What are some of the reasons people don’t participate or don’t contribute enough?

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

That has been the subject of recent research by the Pew Charitable Trusts. They looked at employer and employee perspectives on saving, and made some interesting findings. For example, 2/3 of employees at small to mid-sized companies have access to a retirement plan at work, and 68% participate. That translates to 45% of workers at small to mid-sized businesses participating in a 401(k) or similar plan — and 55% not participating.

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Have a 401K Plan at a Former Employer?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

You may have had multiple jobs over your career, and left behind retirement account balances — critical building blocks for your retirement. Here’s a short guide to your options of what to do with a retirement account left with a former employer:

Roll it over to an IRA
• A rollover IRA allows you to continue any tax-deferred growth.
• A direct rollover IRA helps you avoid current taxes and early withdrawal penalties.
• You retain flexibility to select investments that fit your specific needs.
• A rollover IRA allows you to consolidate your retirement assets in one convenient place when you change jobs or
decide to retire. (more…)