Public Hearing on Connecticut De-Risking Bill

Edward Stone, as special counsel to ProtectSeniors.org provided testimony at a Public Hearing in Hartford, Connecticut on February 16, 2017 in support of Proposed Bill No. 493 “AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF AN ANNUITY TO FUND PENSION AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS”.  Jack Cohen, Chairman of the Association of Bell-Tel Retirees, Inc. and Bill Jones, Co-founder and […]

New Proposed Pension De-Risking Bill in Connecticut

Connecticut State Senator Carlo Leone (D – 27) has introduced Proposed Bill No. 493 “AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF AN ANNUITY TO FUND PENSION AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS”. This proposed bill requires an insurance company to provide certain annual disclosures to employees and retirees impacted by pension de-risking transfers involving the purchase of a group annuity […]

United Technologies Corp. Announces Pension De-risking

The pension de-risking trend continues. Farmington, Connecticut based United Technologies Corp. (UTC) will transfer $775 million of its outstanding pension benefit obligations under two of its retirement plans to The Prudential Insurance Company of America.  HartfordBusiness.com, a publication of The Hartford Business Journal quoted Robin Diamonte, UTC’s chief investment officer as saying “This transaction is […]

PPG Industries Enters the Pension De-risking Arena

PPG Industries, a Fortune 200 global manufacturer of paints, coatings and optical products has entered into agreements with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company to provide annuity benefits to 13,400 retirees removed from PPG’s defined benefit pension plans.  In what appear to be  annuity “lift-out’s” PPG has purchased group annuity contracts […]

Public Hearing on pension derisking legislation in Connecticut

On Thursday, March 3, 2016 the Insurance and Real Estate Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly will hold a public hearing on proposed legislation regarding protections for retirees in pension derisking transfers.  The hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.  The full text […]

Additional Pension Derisking Legislation Pending in Connecticut!

ProtectSeniors.org has done it again!  Raised Bill No. 5455 entitled “An Act Concerning the Purchase of An Annuity to Fund Pension Benefits” has been introduced in the Connecticut legislature.  The proposed legislation requires disclosures to retirees impacted by pension derisking transfers and limits subsequent transfers of the annuity contract to “an entity that maintains a rating […]

New Hampshire Ups Guaranty Association Coverage

New Hampshire has increased guaranty association coverage for annuity contracts  from $100,000 to $250,000.  While this is still $250,000 less than the coverage offered by New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Washington, it puts New Hampshire in line with the coverage offered by thirty-seven other states. This increase in coverage is very important to retirees […]

ProtectSeniors.org Op-ed by Chairman Bill Jones

An excellent op-ed was published by Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram in late October, written by C. William Jones, the Chairman of ProtectSeniors.org.  The piece focused on the pension de-risking crisis facing today’s retirees.  Plano, Texas based J.C. Penney was the latest company to join the de-risking bandwagon, offering both lump-sum buyouts and transferring it pension obligations to […]

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Pension De-Risking

Edward Stone’s guest column – reprinted below – appeared in the Sunday, October 4, 2015 edition of Cleveland’s “The Plain Dealer.” “Euclid-based Lincoln Electric Co. has become the latest company to join the pension de-risking bandwagon. By offloading its retirees’ pension obligations through the purchase of a group annuity contract from The Principal Financial Group, as of Nov, 1, […]

J.C . Penney Announces Pension De-Risking Annuity Purchase

Today,  J.C. Penney announced that it would continue its pension de-risking efforts by purchasing a group annuity contract from The Prudential Insurance Company of America. While exact numbers of retirees affected and the terms of the agreement have yet to be released, it appears that this pension de-risking transfer is an annuity “lift-out” and the […]