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Data shows increases in participation rate, Roth availability, use of automatic features.
2018
Sponsors continue to enhance their plans to drive participation and savings rates.
2017
PSCA asks members if they are responding to the perceived problem of student loan debt impacting retirement plan savings.
By Hattie Greenan
2016
What fiduciary responsibilities are being done for 403(b) plans, and who is doing them?
By Hattie Greenan
2015
This year's annual 403(b) survey shows higher contributions and average account balances for participants.
By Hattie Greenan
2015
Slow and steady wins the race.
By Hattie Greenan
2014
PSCA’s 56th Annual Survey reports on the 2012 plan-year experience of 686 plans with 10.3 million participants and $769 billion in plan assets.
By Hattie Greenan
2013
All participant indicators are up for 2012.
By Hattie Greenan
2013
Learn how your plan measures up in terms of industry trends and best practices.
By Hattie Greenan
2013
Retirement Plans in the United States: 2007–2012
By Catherine Collinson
2013
Few plan participants asked questions about the fee information they received.
By Hattie Greenan
2013
All key indicators show continued progress.
By Hattie Greenan
2012
Key factors continue to show improvement.
By Hattie Greenan
2012
403(b) plan sponsors continue to adapt to new regulations from the Department of Labor.
By Hattie Greenan
2012
403(b) Plan Sponsors Continue to Make Changes to Their Plans
By Hattie Greenan
2012
Focus is shifting to increasing deferral rates.
By Hattie Greenan
2012
Survey shows participants using new investment features while not tapping their accounts.
By Hattie Greenan
Nov/Dec 2011
More companies are moving toward Internet-based access for participants to enroll, monitor, and make changes to their plan
By Hattie Greenan
Sept/Oct 2011
Six Best Practices for Retirement Plan Sponsors.
By Steven Kjar and Jessica Skinner
May/June 2011
PSCA’s Strategic Plan will allow PSCA to adjust to the changing landscape of the defined contribution industry.
By Kara Clark
March/April 2011
By mid-2011, nearly 80 percent of companies that suspended the matching contribution will have restored it. (Forty percent already have.)
By Hattie Greenan
March/April 2011
Finding a win-win solution for employers and employees.
By Kent Smetters
Jan/Feb 2011
Low-income workers can take advantage of this important tax credit.
Jan/Feb 2011
Workplace financial education is win-win solution for employers and employees.
By Judith Cohart
Nov/Dec 2010
Six Basic Principals of Retirement Plan Risk Control for Fiduciaries
By Al Otto and Heath A. Miller
Sept/Oct 2010
Expanding retirement plan coverage to those who do not currently have access to an employee-funded plan will offer the opportunity to save in the workplace and improve workers’ outlook for retirement.
By Catherine Collinson
Sept/Oct 2010
Plan sponsors can customize GPS-themed education and communication tools with their own company name and logo.
By Kara Clark
July/Aug 2010
In today’s growing defined contribution plan industry, it is more important than ever for plan sponsors to monitor plan fees.
By Paul Powell
May/June 2010
Employer also saw a reduction in employee turnover.
By John Hoffmire and Thomas Harms
Jan/Feb 2010
2010 will be a year of retirement innovation.
By Edmund F. Murphy III
Jan/Feb 2010
An individual or group’s reputation might impact people’s willingness to stay with the default options they establish.
By Michael J. Liersch and Craig R. M. McKenzie
Nov/Dec 2009
Packaged target-date funds are the most popular choice.
By Hattie Greenan
Sept/Oct 2009
Investment techniques vary based on participants’ outlook on retirement security
By Gergana Y. Nenkov, Deborah J. MacInnis, and Maureen Morrin
July/Aug 2009
Employer/employee partnerships contribute to the financial well-being and literacy of the American workforce.
By David W. Owens
May/June 2009
Study helps employers determine how they can best help their employees maximize 401(k) plan participation.
By David W. Owens
March/April 2009
Revisions make correcting plan errors and failures easier for plan sponsors.
By David W. Owens
Jan/Feb 2009