For the right person, a qualified defined-benefit plan
that uses life insurance as a funding tool can be very effective in helping individuals reach their retirement goals.
The defined-benefit plan
economics are shifting and will afford employers the opportunity for lower funding costs, thereby positioning [them] to once again become one of the most cost-effective methods of providing adequate retirement income," Rausser said.
A REPORT FROM the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that having a defined-benefit plan
at age 65 reduces the risk of retiring with inadequate income for boomers and Generation X workers by almost 12 percentage points.
But a defined-benefit plan
is more efficient than most people's 401(k)s because it takes advantage of economies of scale that permit professional management.
companies, offers this advice for those considering a move to cash balance: "If you have plan that's not well-funded, the defined-benefit plan
would need to be up to snuff from a funding perspective.
The Colorado Education Association (CEA) is fighting all of them, along with a proposed referendum that would put new state employees into a "defined-contribution" plan instead of the existing defined-benefit plan
, which guarantees a set retirement income based on years of service and salary.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal on public-employee pensions would make it unconstitutional for any city government to offer a defined-benefit plan
to its employees.
A cash-balance plan is a hybrid pension plan with features of both a defined-benefit plan
and a defined-contribution plan.
Allowable deductions are also increased for employers that maintain both a defined-contribution and defined-benefit plan
411 (b) (1) (G), a defined-benefit plan
is not qualified if it reduces a participant's accrued benefit on account of any increase in his or her age or service.
The measure is certain to face stiff resistance from members of the state's powerful public employee unions, who feel the current pension system, called a defined-benefit plan
, provides better benefits than Richman's defined-contribution plan.
Boston, has launched a full-service defined-benefit plan
for older small-business owners who haven't planned for their own retirements or their employees'.