Pension Governance Ranks High As a Priority

As this blogger, Dr. Susan Mangiero, has pointed out repeatedly since the March 2006 inception of, pension governance counts.

There are numerous ways to quantify the positive impact of governance done well. By extension, the costs of poor pension governance can throw cold water on growth in corprorate earnings and free cash flow. As a result, not only can plan participants suffer but so too can shareholders and creditors should bad employee benefit plan decision-making depress the value of company issued securities.

In a recently issued survey, Towers Watson finds that four out of ten employers "expect to devote more time addressing retirement plan governance issues over the next two years." Reasons cited include the expense of providing benefits, along with more regulatory complexity. Investment volatility was another identified catalyst.

While the in-depth study is not yet published by its sponsor, Towers Watson, it will be interesting to explore later on why more than half of respondents acknowledge the importance of compliance but "only one in four (26%) schedule regular compliance reviews."

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