By The Numbers
  • Benefits enrollment disconnect

    July 1, 2014

    A significant divide exists between the open enrollment tactics employees find helpful and those that employers actually provide. For instance, 94% percent of employers agree that one-on-one, in-person meetings are an effective tactic to engage employees, but less than half implement it.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 07:50PM. Comments (0)
  • Life insurance industry leads voluntary sales

    June 24, 2014

    4.3 the percent increase from 2012 to 2013 in overall voluntary product sales.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 11:13AM. Comments (0)
  • 401(k) assets top $3 trillion

    April 18, 2011

    Assets in 401(k) plans reached a record $3.075 trillion in 2010, according to the latest Marketplace Update report from the Society of Professional Asset-Managers and Record Keepers (SPARK).

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 09:27AM. Comments (42)
  • Health care organizations rely more on providers, survey finds

    March 30, 2011

    Health care employers are changing the way they manage their retirement plans and are relying more on plan providers to administer their plan and help them meet their fiduciary responsibilities, according to a nationwide survey of nearly 200 health care plan sponsors.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 09:20AM. Comments (2)
  • Nearly a third of employers to restore matching contributions

    March 30, 2011

    After significant cutbacks in employer matching contributions over the past few years, 30% of employers in a recent poll are planning to reinstate previously eliminated or reduced matching contributions during 2011.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 09:24AM. Comments (2)
  • Online tools boost 401(k) deferrals

    March 23, 2011

    Retirement plan participants using an online tool save at an average rate of 39% higher than other plan participants, according to a study by Principal Financial Group of its clients.

    Posted by Lorie Konish at 10:48AM. Comments (30)
  • Women trail men in planning for retirement

    March 14, 2011

    Despite making gains in the job market, women and men are not equal when it comes to retirement planning.

    Posted at 11:06AM. Comments (32)
  • Financial incentives driving wellness participation

    February 28, 2011

    Financial incentives have taken on greater importance in the drive to increase employee participation in health improvement programs, according to a recent survey from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 03:26PM. Comments (14)
  • Workers say wellness programs improve health, lower costs

    February 22, 2011

    Achieving better overall health is the top reason American workers (43%) report they participate (or would participate) in a wellness program, according to the latest Principal Financial Well-Being Index.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 02:02PM. Comments (5)
  • One-third of Americans have no retirement savings

    February 7, 2011

    Just over one-third of Americans — 34% — have no retirement savings, and 27% have no personal savings, according to The Harris Poll.

    Posted by Lee Barney at 11:04AM. Comments (74)
  • Employers turning to brokers for more help, MetLife poll confirms

    January 28, 2011

    As a result of health care reform, employers – especially smaller ones – are turning to their benefits consultants, brokers and agents for more help, according to a new poll from MetLife.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 11:51AM. Comments (68)
  • Client service matters to 401(k) plan sponsors

    January 21, 2011

    Plan sponsors might not always distinguish one retirement plan from another, especially because the industry has effectively turned the products into commodities. But they do remember the consultants.

    Posted by Donna Mitchell at 01:18PM. Comments (2)
  • DC plan sponsors will focus on fees in 2011

    January 7, 2011

    Defined contribution plan sponsors expect to focus more on plan fees this year, according to a new survey by Callan Associates.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 01:51PM. Comments (92)
  • 403(b) sponsors held firm on employer contributions

    December 13, 2010

    Sponsors of 403(b) plans took important steps forward in managing their plans over the past three years, despite a grueling economy and sweeping new regulations, according to a new survey of 403(b) plan sponsors from the Profit Sharing/401k Council of America.

    Posted by Editorial Staff at 10:37AM. Comments (53)
  • After caring for parents, boomers are more likely to buy LTC insurance

    December 3, 2010

    Sales opportunities for long-term care insurance may be greatest among baby boomers who have seen its value first-hand: Among those whose parents collected on a policy, 72% said it was a good value, according to a new survey from Mathew Greenwald & Associates.

    Posted by By Temma Ehrenfeld at 10:30AM. Comments (1)

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