Pension woes point to target-benefit option: report

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news “DC plans leave complicated investment decision-making to plan members, who frequently have no investment expertise,” state the authors. “Furthermore, while risk and reward may be aligned, DC is not a completely economically efficient model because it fails to capture substantial value available from the pooling of risks and costs among plan members.” Bartlett, Mazerolle, and Steele also note that, due to extremely low interest rates and the volatility of equity markets over the past several years, many DB plans have suffered from significant solvency deficits. Additionally, “the longer-term trends of increasing life expectancies and maturing pension plans have also constituted a rise in DB funding costs.” Designed to be flexible and adaptive, the authors describe TBPs as having the following characteristics: Fixed contribution amounts. Plan members receive a targeted defined-benefit-type pension at retirement. Benefits may be adjusted, both up and down, to balance the plan’s funding. This, according to the authors, is a TBP’s defining characteristic. Using the recent New Brunswick shared risk pension legislation to draw lessons that can be applied to the design of similar TBP legislation elsewhere, the authors recommend that pension standards legislation must be changed to accommodate single employer TBPs. The report also calls for clear and logical accounting guidance for TBPs to be established to facilitate the emergence of such plans as well as changes to the tax rules. The report concludes that policy makers should be encouraged to move outside the pure DB versus DC debate, and permit the implementation of TBP pension options across various Canadian jurisdictions. Based in Toronto, the C. D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute. Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 Keywords Pensions IE Staff center_img Canadian governments need to move beyond defined-benefit (DB) versus defined-contribution (DC) pension model debates, and towards a middle-ground option that incorporates attributes of both designs, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Target-Benefit Plans in Canada – An Innovation Worth Expanding, authors Mel Bartlett, Angela Mazerolle, and Jana Steele call for the changing of pension standards legislation to accommodate single-employer target-benefit plans (TBPs), which they feel combine elements of both DB and DC plans in a way that addresses the limitations of each. Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slumplast_img read more