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A third (33 per cent) of Americans nearing retirement say they’re already drawing down their social security benefits, according to a survey by Allspring Global Investments. The survey, which polled more than 1,500 near-retirees and more than 1,200 retirees, found one in four retirees said they retired early due to job loss or a health […]

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  • January 23, 2023 January 23, 2023
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Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of U.S. women say they expect to retire later than originally planned or not at all due to rising inflation, a significant increase from 25 per cent in 2021, according to a new survey by Edelman Data and Intelligence on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. The survey, which polled […]

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  • January 13, 2023 January 13, 2023
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A new U.S. law that aims to strengthen retirement support for workers holds valuable lessons for Canada’s retirement system, says one pension consultant. The Secure 2.0 Act of 2022, which was signed into law in December, contains several provisions to enhance the U.S. retirement system and boost retirement savings, including a requirement for plan sponsors to […]

While many Alberta employers say they’d be disadvantaged if the province left the Canada Pension Plan, one expert says a provincial pension plan could benefit members by reducing contributions and increasing retirement savings. Last November, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith instructed the province’s finance minister to provide recommendations on the implementation of a provincial pension plan. According […]

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Similar to 2022, the coming year will present both challenges and opportunities for defined benefit pension plan sponsors, with the rewards going to plan sponsors that are resilient, embrace change and are willing and able to act when opportunities arise. Several trends that will be top of mind in the year ahead are: Inflation The […]

Last October, Ontario’s pay equity office reported Canadian women received an average of 18 per cent less retirement income than men in 2020, which is three per cent higher than the gap observed in 1976, the earliest year for which data is available. How has progress moved backwards in the past 44 years, even though women are […]

Workplace pension plans alone aren’t providing adequate retirement income for U.S. government employees, according to a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security and Aon. It found U.S. state and local employees in a typical public defined benefit pension plan need to save roughly four to six per cent of their salary on their […]

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  • December 13, 2022 December 12, 2022
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Defined contribution pension plan members nearing retirement may need their employers’ help to achieve financial security during an era of low interest rates and increased inflation, according to a new report by the U.S.-based Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association. It found target-date funds are the dominant investment strategy in most DC plans, used by 80 […]

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  • December 7, 2022 December 6, 2022
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Two-fifths (40 per cent) of all U.S. private sector employees don’t have an employer-sponsored retirement plan and non-white workers have the least access to these plans, according to a report by T. Rowe Price Group Inc. It found that, while 58 per cent of white employees had access to workplace retirement plans, this percentage decreased […]

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  • November 25, 2022 November 24, 2022
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An article on the FIRE — financial independence and retiring early — concept was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Is the concept of financial independence and early retirement truly feasible? 2. Expert panel: Can pension administrators deny benefits to plan members who don’t […]

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  • November 25, 2022 November 24, 2022
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