Retirement benefits (1 - 10 of 29 items)
Defined Benefit Pension Plans: Plans Face Challenges When Investing in Hedge Funds and Private Equity
GAO-11-901SP: Published: Aug 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2011.
Millions of Americans rely on retirement savings plans for their financial well-being in retirement. Plan sponsors are increasingly investing in assets such as hedge funds (privately administered pooled investment vehicles that typically engage in active trading strategies) and private equity funds (privately managed investment pools that typically make long-term investments in private companies)...
Private Pensions: Little Information Available on Qualified Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans
GAO-11-533R: Published: May 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2011.
To raise private savings for workers' retirement, federal law provides tax incentives for contributions to pension plans. Company sponsors of private defined benefit (DB) pension plans can claim a tax deduction for their contribution amount to a tax-qualified pension plan, and employees' taxes on contributions and investment earnings are deferred until they retire and start receiving benefit payme...
Private Pensions: Alternative Approaches Could Address Retirement Risks Faced by Workers but Pose Trade-offs
GAO-09-642: Published: Jul 24, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2009.
Recent losses in the stock market and poor economic conditions underscore that many U.S. workers are at risk of not having an adequate income in retirement from pension plans. The dramatic decline in the stock market has diminished pension savings and reportedly led to low levels in older Americans' confidence in their ability to retire. Even before the current economic recession, research indicat...
Defined Benefit Pensions: Survey Results of the Nation's Largest Private Defined Benefit Plan Sponsors
GAO-09-291: Published: Mar 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2009.
The number of private defined benefit (DB) pension plans, an important source of retirement income for millions of Americans, has declined substantially over the past two decades. For example, about 92,000 single-employer DB plans existed in 1990, compared to just under 29,000 single-employer plans today. Although this decline has been concentrated among smaller plans, there is a widespread concer...
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board: Many Responsibilities and Investment Policies Set by Congress
GAO-07-611: Published: Jun 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2007.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a retirement savings and investment plan for federal workers, held approximately $210 billion in retirement assets for 3.7 million participants, as of February 2007. TSP is managed by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB). In light of questions about TSP oversight, we examined (1) the current structure for overseeing FRTIB, (2) how the statutorily de...
Private Pensions: Information on Cash Balance Pension Plans
GAO-06-42: Published: Nov 3, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2005.
The nation's private defined benefit (DB) pension system, a key contributor to the financial security of millions of Americans, is in long-term decline. Since 1980, the number of active participants in Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) insured single employer DB plans has dropped from 27.3 percent of all national private wage and salary workers in 1980, to about 15 percent in 2002, and m...
Social Security Reform: Information on Using a Voluntary Approach to Individual Accounts
GAO-03-309: Published: Mar 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2003.
Many proposals have been offered to restructure the U.S. Social Security system to include individual retirement savings accounts. However, some key proposals would make participation in the accounts voluntary rather than mandatory. While any individual account plan can offer a variety of choices regarding contributions, investments, and withdrawals, the choice of whether or not to participate is...
Private Pensions: Plan Features Provided By Employers That Sponsor Only Defined Contribution Plans
GGD-98-23: Published: Dec 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the general features of defined contribution (DC) plans in the private sector, focusing on: (1) eligibility requirements for employee participation; (2) arrangements for employer and participant contributions; (3) eligibility requirements for employee rights to accrued benefits; (4) employee investment options; (5) loan and other provisions for par...
Private Pensions: Most Employers That Offer Pensions Use Defined Contribution Plans
GGD-97-1: Published: Oct 3, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) numbers and types of pension plans sponsored nationwide by private employers from 1984 to 1993; (2) proportions of total contributions made to these plans by employers and employees; (3) average administrative expense for these plans; and (4) reasons employers sponsor certain types of pension plans.GAO found that: (1) using...
401(k) Pension Plans: Many Take Advantage of Opportunity to Ensure Adequate Retirement Income
HEHS-96-176: Published: Aug 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on 401(k) pension plans, focusing on: (1) the proportion of workers covered by 401(k) pension plans; (2) workers' contributions to their 401(k) pension plans; and (3) how workers invest their pension account balances.GAO found that: (1) half of all workers and nearly two-thirds of workers nearing retirement age are covered by a pension...