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What are the different types of pension plans?

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Types of pension plans in Puerto Rico

Types of Pension Plans

There are three major types of pension plans: defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution pension plans, and hybrid pension plans.

Defined Benefit Pension Plans:

These plans provide a specific benefit amount to retirees based on a predetermined formula. The benefit typically considers factors such as years of service, salary history, and age at retirement. Defined benefit plans can be further categorized into single-employer plans, which are established and sponsored by a single company for its employees, and agent multi-employer plans, which are created by a collective bargaining agreement between a union and multiple employers. There is also a type of defined benefit plan known as a cost-sharing multiplier plan, where benefits are determined by a formula that includes a multiplier based on a cost-sharing ratio.

Defined Contribution Pension Plans:

These plans, like 401(k) plans, focus on contributions made by both employees and employers. The contributions are invested, and the final retirement benefit is determined by the performance of the investments. Unlike defined benefit plans, the benefits in defined contribution plans are not guaranteed and depend on factors like investment returns and contribution amounts.

Hybrid Pension Plans:

These plans combine elements of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans. One example is the cash balance plan, which guarantees a set rate of return on an employee's account balance, similar to a defined contribution plan. However, the final benefit at retirement is typically expressed as an annuity based on the accumulated account balance.

Each type of pension plan has its own features, benefits, and reporting requirements. It's essential for individuals to understand the specifics of their pension plan to make informed decisions about retirement savings and financial planning.

Pension plans and retirement plans are not the only option

Retirement is more than a plan and requires strategy and the application of different tactics along the way. As Wealth Managers we don't just help individuals put money on a retirement plan, we create a holistic strategy and advise them on other investments that will help set them up for when that time comes. From tax reduction strategies to different insurances and even real estate-related investments. The idea is to help you generate wealth through different assets and investments so that you are where you want to be on retirement day.


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