Retirement Risk Innovation: State Shared-Risk Pensions

Source: Keith Brainard, Olivia Mitchell, Forbes, May 1, 2017

Concerns are growing about how to best manage risk in retirement. Traditional defined benefit plans can impart considerable risk to employers, while 401(k)-type plans place all or most risk on employees.
Shared-risk retirement plans are garnering attention and excitement around the globe. Outside the U.S., developments include “defined ambition” plans of the Netherlands and New Brunswick, Canada. There are also several striking examples of shared-risk plans right here at home. In fact, most U.S. state and local government retirement systems today embed risk-sharing features, and many new models have been developed in recent years. These retirement plan models provide ideas and inspiration for other retirement plans.