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Financial advisors look forward to 2013

Financial advisors are predicting stronger growth in return on assets in 2013, despite the fact that ROA growth expectations were not met for many in 2012, according to global asset manager Russell Investments' latest quarterly survey of U.S. advisors.

December 2012

Satsop Business Park ownership shift

Satsop Business Park, the former WPPSS nuclear power generating site near Elma, will become a part of the Port of Grays Harbor. The Park's assets, liabilities and operations will transfer Jan. 1, 2013.

November 2012

September brings $45 billion improvement in pension funded status

The nation's 100 largest defined benefit pension plans experienced a $45 billion increase in funded status during September based on a $30 billion reduction in the pension benefit obligation and a $15 billion asset improvement, according to Milliman Inc.'s latest Pension Funding Index. The $45 billion increase in funded status means these pensions have reduced their cumulative funding deficit by $80 billion in the last two months, following a four-month slide of $304 billion.

October 2012

Study finds continuing challenges to retirement planning

While U.S. workers are increasing their focus on retirement planning, they are still behind where they need to be in order to retire comfortably at their desired retirement age, according to a study conducted by Financial Finesse.

October 2012

Public pension holdings, investments decline in Q2

For the 100 largest public-employee retirement systems in the country, holdings and investments totaled $2.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2012, a decrease of 1.7 percent from $2.8 trillion last quarter, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There was a year-to-year decrease of 2.1 percent from $2.8 trillion in the second quarter of 2011.

September 2012

New 401(k) fee notices causing confusion among small business owners

This summer, the U.S. Department of Labor put new rules in place to make it easier for 401(k) plan sponsors and participants to understand how much they're paying in 401(k) fees. But a national survey of small business owners conducted by ShareBuilder 401k found many plan sponsors are still feeling confused when it comes to understanding the costs within their plans – and are unprepared for questions from their employees.

September 2012

Rising rates reduce pension deficit by $34 billion

The nation's 100 largest defined benefit pension plans experienced a $34 billion increase in funded status during August based on a $23 billion reduction in the pension benefit obligation and an $11 billion asset improvement, according to Milliman Inc.'s latest Pension Funding Index.

September 2012

Giving up work at 65 is old news

August 2012

Pension funding deficit reaches record level

The nation's 100 largest defined benefit pension plans experienced a $120 billion decrease in funded status last month based on a $133 billion increase in the pension benefit obligation and a $13 billion increase in asset value, according to Milliman Inc.'s latest Pension Funding Index. The $120 billion decrease in funded status is the worst in the 12-year history of the study and it pushes the pension deficit to a record $533 billion, surpassing the previous record set on Aug. 31, 2010.

August 2012

Corporate pension plan funding deficit reaches all-time high

The aggregate deficit in pension plans sponsored by S&P 1500 companies grew $146 billion during July, to a record high $689 billion, according to new figures from Mercer. This deficit corresponds to a record low aggregate funded ratio of 70 percent as of July 31, compared to a funded ratio of 74 percent as of June 30, at which point the aggregate deficit was $543 billion.

August 2012
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