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PBGC’s 40th anniversary report – Some good news and some bad news

The overall financial position of the 40-year old Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation is adequate for the next several years. However, the multiemployer deficit is a real concern.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives

Five college savings myths set straight

For college savers, 529 plans offer various tax benefits, flexibility and control. 529 account owners have a choice of state plans, regardless of residency or income level.

Tagged with: Investing

Could a 529 plan help you pay less for college?

College savings plans offer an important tool for managing the cost of higher education. Saving in advance could offer a significant cost savings compared to taking loans during college.

Municipal pension obligations: Why fear about underfunding may be unjustified, and why Chapter 9 will never become pervasive (save a few outliers)

Concerns about plan solvency are widespread and attention-grabbing, though perhaps unjustified. Collectively, pension funded ratios have declined at the state and local level, though the cost of funding actuarially required contributions remains manageable as a percent of governmental spending.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, New Tax Regime

Ahead of the trends — Washington update on retirement savings initiatives

Various federal government initiatives, including tax reform, will impact the way Americans save for retirement. Trends to watch include enforcement, pension de-risking and participant empowerment measures.

Tagged with: New Tax Regime, Uncategorized

Death, taxes and Medicaid expansion

Almost as certain as death and taxes is Medicaid expansion under ACA and the move by states toward Medicaid managed care and away from traditional fee-for-service. Medicaid managed care enrollment will expand as states transition beneficiaries from fee-for-service coverage to managed care and the “opt-in” states broaden eligibility.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

How plan sponsors can plan for the coming changes to mortality tables

RP-2014 mortality tables are expected to increase the average pension plan’s liabilities by 3% to 10%, with a similar reduction in funded status. Revised tables will be recognized first by plan sponsors’ accountants, and subsequently by the IRS.

Slack and Inflation

Low unemployment rate indicates modest slack in labor market. Decline in labor force participation now looks mostly structural.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, U.S. Economy

To infinity and beyond!

Financial markets are now questioning the time limit on an infinite QE policy and what lies beyond its expiration. While volatility and corrections are unpleasant, they can motivate investors to focus on fundamental issues such as capital investment and labor productivity.

Tagged with: Economy, Investing, Markets

How will California’s drought affect water utility revenue bonds?

 California is in its fourth year of drought, one of the worst in the past century.  Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply and source diversity.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog
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