Benefits

  • Voluntary Pensions Help Enable Financial Security Voluntary Pensions Help Enable Financial Security

    New report released by the Global Aging Institute and Principal discusses pension policies for aging populations in emerging markets

    In most countries around the globe, people are living longer. The aging of the population poses special challenges for today’s emerging markets, where mandatory pension systems often cover just a fraction of the workforce and replacement rates are usually inadequate. read more
  • 87% of Americans Favor Health Insurers  Being Required to Cover Pre-Existing Conditions 87% of Americans Favor Health Insurers Being Required to Cover Pre-Existing Conditions

    How Popular Is Obamacare? What Do People Think is Next for Healthcare? What Issues Do Americans Want Prioritized by Trump and Congress?

    A new insuranceQuotes study found that 53% of Americans feel the same about Affordable Care Act (ACA) now as they did before the 2016 election. read more
  • Overall Withdrawal Levels From IRAs Are Driven by the Minimum Distribution Rules Overall Withdrawal Levels From IRAs Are Driven by the Minimum Distribution Rules

    Federal rules at age 70 1/2 continue to determine withdrawal rates

    The level of annual withdrawals from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are being driven largely by federal rules that require people ages 70-1/2 or older to take distributions from their traditional accounts read more
  • New Census Data: Number of Uninsured Dropped by 1 Million in 2016 New Census Data: Number of Uninsured Dropped by 1 Million in 2016

    Young Adults Continuing to Make Large Gains

    by Sara R. Collins, Munira Z. Gunja and Herman K. Bhupal

    The number of uninsured Americans under age 65 declined by an additional 1 million people in 2016, three years after the major insurance reforms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, according to a new federal survey of 94,000 people released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. read more
  • Plan Sponsors Forecast Robust Pension Risk Transfer Activity This Year Plan Sponsors Forecast Robust Pension Risk Transfer Activity This Year

    New MetLife Poll Finds 61% of Defined Benefit Plan Sponsors Have Taken Steps to Act

    As it becomes increasingly difficult for companies to manage pension liabilities in the current market and regulatory environment, it appears that defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors’ interest in pension risk transfer (PRT) is heating up. read more
  • Labels Campaign Sparks Conversations About Difficulties Individuals With Disabilities Face in the Workplace Labels Campaign Sparks Conversations About Difficulties Individuals With Disabilities Face in the Workplace

    The Standard and CAREERS Support Solutions seek to ensure every employee can be successful

    Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) continues its campaign to help employers understand the importance of addressing stigmatizing labels that people with a disability, illness or chronic condition may be subject to in the workplace. read more
  • Working Well by Being Well Working Well by Being Well

    The bottom line benefits of corporate wellness programs

    Nearly 90 percent of companies in the United States use some form of employee wellness program – from gym memberships to health screenings to flu shots – all designed to improve health. read more
  • Public Pension Funding Ticks Upward in Q2 Amid Strong Investment Returns Public Pension Funding Ticks Upward in Q2 Amid Strong Investment Returns

    Milliman: Number of plans funded above 90% almost doubles since 2016 Q4

    Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, today released the second quarter results of its Public Pension Funding Index (PPFI), which consists of the nation's 100 largest public defined benefit pension plans. read more
  • Small Businesses Keeping Pace With Health Benefits Small Businesses Keeping Pace With Health Benefits

    ... and doing a better job containing costs

    Small employers, those with less than 100 employees, have a reputation for not offering health insurance benefits that are competitive with larger employers, but new survey data from United Benefit Advisors reveals they are keeping pace with the average employer and, in fact, doing a better job of containing costs. read more
  • Pain Points: Managing Today’s DB Risk Burden Pain Points: Managing Today’s DB Risk Burden

    Finance chiefs’ pension risk transfer motivations revealed in new research

    The increasing costs and volatility of managing defined benefit pension plans have long been at the center of the motivations for transferring a company’s pension risk to an insurer. But which costs and what kinds of volatility are finance chiefs most concerned about? read more