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Managing Retirement Benefits Amid Capital Market Disruption

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Employee Benefits & Human Capital > 401(k) , Defined Benefit

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Severe market disruption over the past year has exposed grave weaknesses in companies' retirement benefit plans. DB plan sponsors struggle to meet near-term benefit obligations while DC plan sponsors now face human capital management problems such as employees "retiring on the job" and the attendant shortage of career development opportunities for younger staff. Our research among senior finance executives who work for companies that sponsor DB plans suggests that, despite recent investment losses, companies are focused on preserving their retirement benefit plans and are taking steps now to restore the financial health of these plans. Finance executives in this study are evaluating new tools to ensure their retirement benefit plans will meet the long-term retirement needs of their employees.