- A favorite movie for many, “The Princess Bride”, has a scene that fittingly sums up 2020. The movie’s narrator (the boy’s grandfather) asks the young boy being told the story, “Let’s see … where were we? Oh yes, in the Pit of Despair”. A global pandemic may leave some with a feeling of despair. As many continue to be isolated to some degree or another, socioeconomic improvements continue to vary, and political and social unrest rises, it impacts people both physically and emotionally. From an economic perspective, the economy and financial markets have diverged. The economic situation certainly is a struggle for the 11.7 million people with continuing jobless claims, but unemployment has dropped from 14.7% in April to 7.9% recently. Businesses, many small businesses in particular, continue to lack the wherewithal to weather the continued limited consumer demand and outright city/state government shutdown decrees.
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- Redefining the Retirement Plan is Axia’s guide to trends and strategies that will help employers get the most out of their retirement programs. Defined Benefit plans and Social Security have been the simple answer to retirement for the past century. Life expectancy has improved though and an added strain has been placed on plan sponsors to help their employees replace their incomes in retirement. Fortunately, employers are equipped with more tools than ever before to help their employees retire with dignity.
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The Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey for 2015, titled Inspiring a World of Habitual Savers, just came out and showed that habitual savers are more prepared than those that save periodically. While this may not come as a surprise to many, the survey highlights just...read more
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of plan participants in the Edison International 401(k) plan who claimed company fiduciaries violated their duty to monitor three retail-class mutual funds. Background and the Decision The original suit...read more
A few times a year, Axia sits down with an expert in the retirement field to discuss trends, research, and other findings important to retirement plans. Our goal is to showcase thought leadership that we believe will change the industry. Our second issue features...read more