SVP and Chief Economist
The PNC Financial Services Group
Plan for the Future with Health Savings Accounts
Health savings accounts can help fund medical expenses in retirement. If you wish to retire early, they can help cover health care expenses before you are eligible for Medicare. Read Now »
Nine Year-End Tax and Financial Planning Ideas
There’s still time to address year-end tax and financial planning. Here are nine possible tax-saving actions you can implement now. Read Now »
Economic Outlook 2017: Reason for Optimism
Insight from Stuart Hoffman, Chief Economist, PNC
Economic growth will be faster in 2017-2018 with assists from consumer spending, construction spending, business investment and Federal government spending, more than offsetting weakness in U.S. exports as the dollar continues to strengthen and growth outside the U.S. remains slow.WATCH NOW
Only 22% of retirement plan sponsors are currently benchmarking the Income Replacement Ratio for their participants. And that can leave a major gap in participant retirement readiness.
The income replacement ratio is the percentage of pre-retirement income that an individual is likely to need to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Adding it to traditional benchmarking metrics can improve how plan providers, along with plan sponsors, communicate and educate plan participants.
Corporate financial managers must consider the impact of interest rate forecasts, future GDP estimates and potential tax reform on corporate cash strategies.
A number of short-term investment options have become part of the consideration set because of the rising market. They include variable net asset value prime money market funds, separately managed accounts and conservative ultra-short bond funds.
You can find relief by improving management of invoice processing through payment.
Invoice automation can help you optimize the use of employee resources, significantly decrease the cost of processing invoices, help you capture vendor discounts more reliably and increase scale within your back office.
The healthcare cost trajectory has significant implications for companies and employees today --and on retirement prospects for individuals down the road.
Changes in healthcare are monumental. It’s hard enough for employers to understand the new landscape. It can be even harder for employees, leaving a significant gap in understanding between the two groups, particularly when it comes to retirement planning.
The strength of the dollar, a favorable interest
rate environment and an abundance of cash on
hand may make this a good time for domestic
companies to invest outside the U.S.
Companies considering a cross-border merger or acquisition should evaluate the currency risk during the due-diligence stage of the deal to ensure that currency rate volatility does not adversely affect the target price.You can perform a “Value at Risk” analysis to quantify the currency risk between now and closing.
The majority of your employees may not be investing enough for retirement and aren't engaged in retirement planning. Education can benefit your employees and your business.
Employees need to feel that they’re in control of their basic financial needs before they can focus on more complex, longer-term financial decisions, such as retirement. If you can help your employees become more confident in managing these needs, they’ll be more likely to plan for their retirement. And your company will benefit.
Certain individuals who are ineligible to contribute directly to a Roth IRA may be able to CONVERT traditional IRA and qualified employer-sponsored retirement plan assets to Roth IRAs.
If you are fortunate enough to have more than sufficient retirement income and assets, here's a strategy that can be a great way to transfer wealth to the next generation.Traditional IRA balances can be converted to Roth IRAs in part or in whole and there is no limit on how often this can occur.
Currency markets are experiencing a significant amount of volatility. Hedging programs can help companies protect profits and cash flow.
While most companies start with hedging balance sheet exposures as they are more visible, more are now considering hedging forecasted exposures such as sales or expenses. Hedging anticipated cash flows depends on the company’s ability to forecast reasonably accurately, although uncertainties can be managed by hedging a percentage of your anticipated exposure.
If you are a plan sponsor, you may be impacted by new executive initiatives, legislative proposals and a range of anticipated regulatory actions affecting retirement plans.
MyRA is a government-sponsored retirement account which is designed to be a starter account for Americans who have had difficulty saving for retirement. Eligible individuals whose employers agree to participate will be able to make myRA contributions via payroll deduction.
Volatility affects the market value of your retirement portfolio. Thus, it's a topic that deserves special consideration when managing retirement and pre-retirement assets.
It is possible to reduce volatility risk with conservative investments of the money needed in the next few years, while maintaining normal allocations with the money earmarked for use over longer investment holding periods. A prospective or current retiree should consider setting aside at least a year of expenses to provide an adequate cash reserve.
Does your company have a well-thought out investment policy? Does your policy have clear, measurable objectives? Has it been written down and shared with the appropriate team?
Putting your investment policy in writing is the foundation of effective investing. Your policy should provide benchmarks to help you evaluate how well it is working and what changes may be needed to make it more effective.
Even unintentional mistakes can lead to a breach of fiduciary duty that can have significant consequences for your company and you personally.
If you are involved in the administration of your company's retirement plan, it is important to understand what your role as a plan sponsor entails and how to delegate parts of your fiduciary responsibility. Even unintentional mistakes can lead to a breach of fiduciary duty that can have significant consequences for your company and you personally.
A number of actions, when combined and layered effectively, can provide a robust defense against many major threats. Your financial institution can be a valuable ally in the fight.
Yesterday's cyber crimes were often intended to cause disruption by infecting your computers with harmful viruses. Today, they are increasingly malicious and sophisticated, using a combination of tactics to gain your trust...and access to your company's financial accounts.
Your fee disclosure review is an opportunity to make sure your current plan is meeting objectives — those you’ve established for your 401(k) plan, as well those of your participants.
Fiduciary responsibility under ERISA is very important to 401(k) plan sponsors. Fiduciaries are subject to standards of conduct because they act on behalf of participants in a retirement plan and their beneficiaries. Ensuring that disclosures are adequate and that plan fees and expenses are reasonable are two aspects of these responsibilities.
Educate your organization about the myriad fraud schemes that can attack your system, including best practices for IT security. Also enhance the security of your computers and networks.
Just as the financial marketplace is driving to faster and more anonymous transactions, fraudsters are increasingly using old-fashioned methods to collect tid-bits of financial information that can enable them to compromise your accounts. Corporations both large and small as well as government entities, school districts and individuals are vulnerable.
If the business is transferred to a Delaware Incomplete-Gift Non-Grantor Trust prior to a sale, the business owner may be able to eliminate state and local taxes on the capital gains.
With roots that go back to the first bank charter in Wilmington, Delaware in 1795, PNC Delaware Trust Company has grown by providing customized strategies for personal and business asset protection and innovative wealth planning approaches. A limited purpose trust company established under the laws of Delaware, it provides a number of benefits unique to Delaware.
Credit is available with competitive terms for companies that see their bank as a vital resource. Here are tips for keeping an open relationship with your banker.
Imagine that you run a mid-size company with deep ties to an industry challenged by economic conditions. After decades of success, growth has stalled -- and your income statement is beginning to show it. Open communication with your banker puts everyone in a better position to structure and negotiate the right credit solutions for the challenges at hand.