Defined benefit pension plans are currently looking for solutions to manage their risk. Oddly, buying annuities is seldom included in the strategies contemplated for this purpose.
As the New Year approaches, it is a prudent time to reiterate two changes announced earlier in 2012 that may impact group benefit programs and will take effect January 1, 2013.
How pension plans are valued impacts a plan sponsor’s cash contributions to the plan and the amount of pension expense reported in its financial statements.
The Alberta government has introduced Bill 10, the Employment Pension Plans Act, to replace its current pension legislation. Bill 10 closely follows British Columbia’s Bill 38, which was passed in June. Please see our News & Views article from...
On Thursday, October 18, 2012, the federal government introduced an omnibus budget legislation known as Bill C-45.
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Alberta has enacted regulations to provide temporary solvency funding relief. The regulations, which were adopted on September 19, 2012, apply to defined benefit pension plans registered in Alberta other than specified multi-employer pension plans.
This graph shows the changes in the financial position of a typical defined benefit plan since December 31, 2007.
At retirement, people can transfer their RRSP balance to a RRIF or they can buy an annuity.
Every year, companies must establish an expense for their defined benefit pension plans.