As shown in figures below, variances in income also differs by income level and demographic social group. These real-world income patterns have implications for pension design. Pension designs that are based on a smooth bell-shaped income profile over a lifetime of continuous income increase are inaccurate for most employees. Figure 7. Basic earnings patterns of nine groups of workers in the cohort in percent.
The labour market attributes: volatility in earnings, uncertainty of hours of work, uncertainty of working lives, and longevity Statistics Canada, will have implications for national pension system design. Table 9 below provides a summary of labour market risks for pension outcomes. Thus, defined contribution plans will have the potential for a superior pension outcome than defined benefit plans for high income earners whose income peaks early in their careers. Defined benefit plans, by contrast, favour those whose income peaks later in their careers.
Pension systems will also differ in terms of how pension designs handle job market changes and interruptions in employment. For example, in Canada, if a worker changes jobs and has a defined benefit plan, the accrued pension in the previous job is fixed in nominal terms and falls in value because of inflation. Accumulation may be bequeathed. Like DB. These labour market attributes have to be incorporated into pension design.
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A literal application of the life cycle income hypothesis will have implications for the sustainability of national pension systems. Consistent with ecological rationality, the aim of any national pension system is to minimize the dependence on the PAYGO pension plans. The data from Statistics Canada discussed above shows the cumulative impact of financial capability, advice, and the labour market indicates that tax incentivized individual savings plans or occupational pension plans, like the defined contribution plans, are failing in scope, or in the number of people who can build their pensions using these plans.
An effective pension design in this quadrant will be consistent with ecological rationality as it reduces the potential for dependence on the PAYGO systems for many reasons. First, it can be the only response to the labour market changes outlined above. Finally, such a shift in pension design also reduces the scope of fiduciary risks from agency issues surrounding financial advice.
As a response to the challenges faced by privately managed and funded occupational and individual pension plans outlined above, a trend can be noted globally among countries making efforts to expand existing pension plans or to launch new publicly managed and privately funded pension plans Mayers, In Canada, gradual enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan have been introduced that means workers will receive higher benefits in exchange for making higher contributions Government of Canada, The contribution rates have also been changed.
Currently, employees contribute 4. If you are self-employed, you contribute both the employee and employer portions, which is equal to 9.
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From to , the contribution rate for employees will gradually increase by one percentage point from 4. Are there design considerations that should guide the expansion of these national superfunds? The primary concern that pension subscribers have with such mega funds is governance. The track record of entrusting retirement with public entities or, for that matter, large corporations has not been very good. Pension funds of large corporations are underfunded as their liabilities or benefits accrued to pension plan members is in excess of the funds available to meet these obligations.
In addition, current employees as plan members of these corporations are unsure if the organizations they hope to retire from after years of contributing to the pension funds will be around when their work life concludes. The experience with pension funds of public employees is also not reassuring. Funds like the ones for Illinois and Detroit have been severely underfunded and employees have been forced to take cuts in their accrued pension benefits because of budgetary malfeasance and under funding Blinch, There are no easy fixes to the problem of underfunded pensions.
The guiding principle for avoiding these dismal long term prospects is intergenerational fairness or equity and complete contracts Ambachtsheer, Intergenerational fairness arises when benefits are promised but not financed out of current earnings, leaving the responsibility of paying for the benefits to the next generation. A major reason for this is the absence of the future generation in the negotiation when these benefits are being allocated.
An example of this intergenerational fairness asymmetry is shown in figure 8 below. When plans have a funding surplus, that is the funds are in excess of the cost of accrued benefits, it is not uncommon for current employees or their employers to take contribution reductions, holidays or boost their accrued benefits. This is how their website explains how the surplus will be used.
Both changes are effective January 1, How quickly the funding status of a pension fund can change is best illustrated by Figure 8 below. As the bar charts show, much of the s, with the tech stocks boom, saw pension plans reporting funding surpluses. Based on the current stock market performance, it is likely that the pension funding status of the funds included in this diagram have reverted back to a surplus for now. Figure 8.
The Intergenerational Fairness Problems Note. An EAM includes an asset registry inventory of assets and their attributes combined with a computerized maintenance management system CMMS and other modules such as inventory or materials management.
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Assets that are geographically distributed, interconnected or networked, are often also represented through the use of geographic information systems GIS. GIS-centric asset registry standardizes data and improves interoperability, providing users the capability to reuse, coordinate, and share information in an efficient and effective manner.
A GIS platform combined with information of both the "hard" and "soft" assets helps to remove the traditional silos of departmental functions.
While the hard assets are the typical physical assets or infrastructure assets, the soft assets might include permits, licenses, brands, patents, right-of-ways and other entitlements or valued items. The EAM system is only one of the 'enables' to good asset management. Asset managers need to make informed decisions in order to fulfill their organizational goals, this requires good asset information but also leadership, clarity of strategic priorities, competencies, inter-departmental collaboration and communications, workforce and supply chain engagement, risk and change management systems, performance monitoring and continual improvement.
Public asset management, also called corporate [ contradictory ] asset management, expands the definition of enterprise asset management EAM by incorporating the management of all things of value to a municipal jurisdiction and its citizens' expectations. An example in which public asset management is used is land-use development and planning. Increasingly both consumers and organizations use assets, e.
An asset management system would identify the constraints upon such licenses, e. If, for example, one licenses software, often the license is for a given period of time. Adobe and Microsoft both offer time based software licenses. In both the corporate and consumer worlds, there is a distinction between software ownership and the updating of software. One may own a version of software, but not newer versions of the software. Cellular phones are often not updated by vendors, in an attempt to force purchase of newer hardware.
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Corporate governance. Annual general meeting Board of directors Supervisory board Advisory board Audit committee. In retirement, you are drawing from your retirement funds. The mid-life dip below the consumption line is an unexpected event, such as the loss of a job. In this situation, you may be borrowing from an emergency fund to maintain your lifestyle until a new job is found.
Dissaving is negative saving. If spending is greater than income, dissaving is taking place. This spending is financed by already accumulated savings, such as money in a savings account, or it can be borrowed. Risk is managed in life-cycle finance using hedging, insuring, and diversifying.
Important minimum goals are met by hedging and insuring using matching strategies. Higher aspirational goals are met by diversifying. Risk strategies that rely on hedging and insuring are called matching strategies because they match assets to liabilities.
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Risk strategies based on diversifying are simply called diversification strategies. That would require an extreme amount of borrowing when people are young, which is neither desirable nor feasible in most cases. Life-cycle finance posits that a household saves, borrows, and ensures to keep consumption relatively smooth over its lifetime by moving assets through time and across contingencies. The above conventional point of view is seen as both unrealistic and undesirable. It leads to big swings in spending consumption disruption and high expected returns do not necessarily result in high actual returns.
This means that investing in risky assets should be mainly reserved to aspirational goals and safer investing and insuring should be used to meet minimum acceptable goals. For at least the last 35 years financial economists have approached personal investing from the life-cycle finance point of view.
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While there is a lot of overlap, there are also some significant differences between the two investment approaches. Life-cycle finance is much more goal focused than the older method. Take retirement planning goals. In the conventional approach the goal is to maximize expected financial wealth in your targeted retirement year, given how much you are willing to save, and how much investment risk you can tolerate.
From the life-cycle point of view, the overall goal of retirement planning is to have roughly the same standard of living in retirement as before retirement. Therefore the retirement financial goal is to have reliable retirement income that sustains your standard of living. A stress is put on having two income goals. One is the aspirational income goal and the other is a lower floor income goal that is constructed entirely from relatively safe assets such as SS, DB pensions, life annuities, and TIPS and I-bonds.
Another key difference is how risk is managed, which is implicitly alluded to in the above aspirational and safe income goals. In the older conventional framework investment risk is almost entirely managed thru diversification. In the life-cycle approach all three risk transfer methods hedging, insuring, and diversifying are used without particular stress on diversifying. In other words the life-cycle approach relies explicitly on both matching strategies and the conventional diversification strategy in managing investment risk. Additionally, in the conventional framework risk is hardly ever approached thru a state price approach, but the state price approach to risk is often used in life-cycle finance.
Quantitative analysis also has a different emphasis.