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1 NIRS Research on Retirement Security NAGDCA Industry Roundtable Meeting April 24, 2014 Diane Oakley Executive Director

2 What Do Americans Think About Retirement? Anxious How concerned are you about current economic conditions affecting your ability to achieve a secure retirement? 2 Source: NIRS Pensions & Retirement Security 2013

3 Disappearance of Pensions an Impediment to “American Dream” To what extent do you agree/disagree that the disappearance of pensions has made it harder for workers to achieve the “American Dream?” 3

4 It’s Only Getting Harder to Prepare for Retirement Do you feel that – compared to today – it will be easier or harder for Americans to prepare for retirement in the future, or will there be no difference? 4 Source: NIRS Pensions & Retirement Security 2013

5 ON THE RIGHT TRACK? State Pension Reforms in the Aftermath of the Financial Cris is 5

6 Why Private Employers Froze DB Pensions and Shifted to 401(k)s Onerous funding regulations on private pensions and FASB accounting rules caused funding volatility Changes in technology and industrial makeup of economy Shift from internal labor markets to flexible labor markets, insecure employment Corporate objective to maximize shareholder value

7 Many Private Sector Employers Remain Committed to DB Plans “Many employers remain committed to providing these plans as an important part of their compensation package.” (U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Retirement Benefits in the 21 st Century) Three-fourths of active DB pensions report “DB plan aligns with our total rewards philosophy ” (AonHewitt: “Global Pension Risk Survey 2011: US Survey Findings,” )

8 ON THE RIGHT TRACK? Public Sector Difference Commitment to stable employment relations and internal labor markets. Greater ability to smooth out the effects of business cycles on funding requirements. Public interest mission: DB pensions help provide high quality public services in a cost effective manner, while also providing retirement security. Public employers have more in common with the largest private employers, who have maintained DBs.

9 Public Pension Reforms After 2008 Financial Crisis Vast majority have modified their existing pension plans. Most common: –increased Employee contributions; –reduced DB benefits for new hires, including higher retirement age –Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) reductions for retirees and existing workers.

10 Aggressive Reforms In Virtually All States to Ensure Sustainability of Public Pensions Source: Author’s analysis of NCSL data. Changes affect some or all members of state-run plans in each state. Types of Changes Enacted 10

11 Employee and Employer Contributions, 1982 to 2009 Public Pensions Typically Are Shared Funding Responsibility Source: U.S. Census Bureau 11

12 After 2008 Financial Crisis: 48 States Make Pension Reforms No state has shifted to a DC-only plan since Four new mandatory hybrid arrangements with a DC component, most for new hires only. Three Cash Balance Plan for new hires Only one state, Rhode Island, enacted a “Hard Freeze” for current employees.

13 Most States Stay with DB; Some Switch to Hybrid Types of Changes to New Hire Benefits Four states enacted optional DC-only benefits for new hires. Source: Author’s analysis of NCSL data. Changes affect some or all members of state-run plans in each state.

14 Higher Age and Service Requirements for New Members 2009– Total: 32 States PRPR

15 Increases in Employee Contributions 2009– Future Members Only (7 states) At Least Some Current Members (23 states) PRPR

16 16 People already retired and active employees (11 states) Future hires only (7 states) At least some active employees (6 states) Total: 24 States Reductions in Post-Retirement Benefit Increases 2009–2012 PRPR

17 2013 Public Pension Reforms Tennessee Hybrid Apply: State employees, teachers and Higher Ed hired after July1, 2014 Reduced DB: new 1% multiplier ( 1.575%) and NRA 65 or rule of 90. Contributions: –Employee: 5% for DB and 2% for DC –Employer: 4% for DB and 4% for DC.

18 2013 Public Pension Reforms Kentucky Cash Balance Plan Apply: State employees and County employees hired after July1, 2013 Contributions (vest in 5 years) : –Employee: 7.5% for hazardous & 4% for non –Employer: 8% for hazardous & 5% for non Guaranteed Interest Credit: 4% annually with additional credits equal to 75% of return in excess.

19 Texas Teachers Retirement System Benefit Design Study $11.7 billion/49% increase in closed DB plan liability due to a more liquid asset allocation Cost comparison of multiple plan design options –DC most expensive –DB least expensive 19

20 Pension Benefit Design Study 20. Source: Teacher Retirement System of Texas and Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company

21 Pension Benefit Design Study 21. Source: Teacher Retirement System of Texas and Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company

22 Realistic simulations of probable worker outcomes in DC plan: Workers would have only a 50% chance of reaching 60% of the benefit provided by the DB plan, at the same cost. Texas Teachers Retirement System Benefit Design Study 22

23 2013 Public Pension Reforms Texas Teacher Retirement System Contributions: Employee: 6.4% currently increases to 7.7% by State: from 6.4% to 6.8% Non-Social Security SD: contribute 1.5% of payroll. 3% COLA – Because actuarially sound, first retiree COLA since 2001.

24 Employees Under PEPRA, Estimated to Receive Less than CalPERS Classic Source: The Emerging Role of Defined Contribution Plans for California Public Employees, CalPERS. April 2014

25 Additional Monthly Contribution Needed in DC Savings Plan for PEPRA Employees to Reach Classic CalPERS Source: The Emerging Role of Defined Contribution Plans for California Public Employees, CalPERS. April 2014

26 What Do Americans Think About Retirement? Anxious How concerned are you about current economic conditions affecting your ability to achieve a secure retirement? 26 Source: NIRS Pensions & Retirement Security 2013

27 27 Social Security is Major Source of Income for 75 Percent of Retiree 65+ Source: NIRS Calculations for retirees who did not work from the March 2012 CPS extract from IPUMS

28 45% of All Working-Age Households Have No Assets in Retirement Accounts Household retirement account ownership by age of head of household, 2010 Source: Author’s analysis of 2010 SCF.

29 Retirement Accounts Are Concentrated Among Higher-Income Households Retirement account ownership status by household income quartile, 2010 Source: NIRS analysis of 2010 SCF. Universe is households with heads age Households with negative earnings excluded. Household income adjusted by marital status for ranking purposes.

30 Typical Working-Age Household Has $3,000 in Retirement Assets; Near- Retirement Household Has $12,000 Median retirement account balance, households with retirement accounts vs. all households, 2010 Source: NIRS analysis of 2010 SCF. Universe is households with heads age 25-64, with total earnings ≥ $5,000 and < $500,000 and total income < $1M.

31 4 out of 5 Households Have Less than One Times Their Income in Retirement Savings Retirement account balance as a percentage of income among working households, 2010 Source: NIRS analysis of 2010 SCF. Universe is households with heads age 25-64, with total earnings ≥ $5,000 and < $500,000 and total income < $1M.

32 Households of Color Are Less than Half as Likely As White Households to Have Retirement Savings at Least Annual Income Source: NIRS analysis of 2010 SCF microdata. Universe is households with total earnings > $5,000 and < $500,000 and total income < $1M. Values may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

33 Retirement Benchmarks from Financial Firms: Accumulate 8-11 Times Income Fidelity: 67 –contribute over 42-year career –15% contribution rate over most of career, incl. employer match –85% income replacement Aon Hewitt: 65 –contribute over 40-year career –15% contribution rate, incl. employer match –85% income replacement Source: Fidelity (2012) and Aon Hewitt (2012)

34 Retirement Savings Benchmarks: Large Majority of Working Households Fall Short Share of working households that do not meet retirement savings targets for their age, by type of measure, Source: Author's analysis of 2010 SCF based on retirement savings targets adapted from Fidelity (2012). Universe is households with heads age 25-64, with total earnings ≥ $5,000 and < $500,000 and total income < $1M. * "Total Retirement Assets" measure includes retirement account balances reported in SCF and DB pension assets imputed by author.

35 Distribution of Baby Boomer Retirement Wealth, Percentage of Assets Source: NIRS analysis of 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances. Retirement wealth includes assets health in retirement accounts, e.g., 401(k)s, IRAs, and KEOGH plans.

36 90th Percentile Household Has Nearly 100 Times the Retirement Savings of Median Household 36 Source: M.Morrisey and N. Sabadish. Retirement Inequality. Economic Policy Institute. September 2013

37 DB Pension Benefits Are More Equally Distributed than DC Account Balances 37 Source: M.Morrisey and N. Sabadish. Retirement Inequality. Economic Policy Institute. September 2013 DC Retirement Account Balances DB Pension income

38 State Financial Security Scorecard Scorecard evaluates relative performance on aging population’s key economic dimensions – income, costs and work. States ranked from 1 (best) to 51 (worst) for each variable. Rankings converted into scores: 10 (best) to 1 (worst).

39 Scorecard Categories/Variables Retirement IncomeRetiree CostsLabor Market Private workplace retirement plan participation Average defined contribution account balance Marginal tax rate on pension income Medicare out-of- pocket costs Medicaid generosity Housing cost burden Unemployment rate for people aged 55 years old and older. Median hourly earnings (real) for people aged 55 years old and older

40 Washington: Data and Scores

41 Retirement Income Scores 2012

42 Retiree Cost Scores 2012

43 Labor Market Scores 2012

44 Overall Scores 2012

45 Proposals to Expand Retirement Security In Washington & In States My RA – announced in STOUS by President Obama. Automatic IRA Act of 2013 – Introduced by Rep. Richard Neal would require employers to offer payroll deposit IRAs and offers small employers a tax credit for costs associated with establishing an auto-IRA California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust, SB opt-out, Auto-IRA concept with a 3% default employee contribution and professional investment management. Mandated study under way. Expand the Savers Credit - HR 837 (Rep. Neal)

46 Diane Oakley


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