Nobody likes to have something taken away from them, especially kids. At least at my house, when one of my kids takes a toy from another one I always have to intervene. Of course, two minutes later the toy is laying on the floor and no one is playing with it. They have quickly moved on to something else, but there was still an emotional outburst.
You also hear a version of this from employees who are not contributing to their retirement plan. They often cite “I can’t afford to” or “I have too many other priorities” as reasons. This emotional response is a big reason why some plan sponsors are apprehensive of implementing automatic enrollment. They are afraid of the reaction/feedback they will have to deal with by employees who all of a sudden see a reduction in their paycheck. Read more
If you watch television around the holidays, you’re bound to come across one of the best (IMO) holiday movies ever made – A Christmas Story. One of my favorite parts is when Ralph’s mom gets his brother and him ready to go out and play in the snow. He was so bundled up that he could barely move.
Ralph’s mom definitely bought into the idea of bundling. Do you see where I’m heading? Yes, I want to talk about the benefits of bundling when it comes to defined benefit (DB) plans. (Wow, right?) Read more
Everybody loves cheap money, right? Well, if you’re a borrower, you’ve definitely benefited from actions taken by the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates at record lows.
But not everyone is thrilled with this wave of cheap money. Sponsors of defined benefit plans, in particular, have dealt with surging plan liabilities due to low interest rates. Read more