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Old 12-18-2017, 09:16 AM
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Default MetLife Discloses Pension Bungle -- WSJ

http://news.morningstar.com/all/dow-...ungle-wsj.aspx

Sounds like this is related to perhaps not finding, or waiting to be contacted by, spouses / beneficiaries who would be owed a benefit after the death of the original Plan member.

Potentially will catch out other insurers with older policies. But any repercussions for pension plan administration itself, as there is likely varying degrees of administrative efficiency from plan to plan?
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:22 AM
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PBGC’s missing participants program has $69m liability for 24,000 participants. That figure seems much more reasonable to me than the analyst estimates in the article. Missing participants are either dead with a next of kin being unaware of the opportunity to make a claim or the participant is alive but is essentially living off the grid. Setting aside the likelihood the benefits will remain unclaimed, these selection criteria translate to a lower life expectancy.
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Old 12-21-2017, 05:07 PM
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https://www.ai-cio.com/news/ny-mass-...paid-pensions/

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NY, Mass. Investigate MetLife over Unpaid Pensions
MetLife says it is fully committed to rectifying the situation.
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Insurance provider MetLife is under investigation by New York and Massachusetts regulators due to its inability to pay thousands of pensions because it cannot locate the beneficiaries.

MetLife reported Saturday that it is in the process of locating approximately 30,000 retirees owed less than an average $150 per month in annuity benefits. The regulators then began to crack down on the New York-based insurer Monday.

MetLife CEO John Hele said the affected retirees, which represent less than 5% of the company’s 600,000 annuity beneficiaries, “have moved jobs, relocated, or otherwise could not be located,” during a Friday conference call with financial analysts, USA Today reports.

“When we realized this was a significant issue, we launched an effort to do three things: figure out what happened, strengthen our processes so that we do a better job locating retirees, and promptly pay anyone we find–as we always do,” MetLife representatives told CIO in a statement regarding the matter. “We are implementing enhanced techniques within MetLife’s Retirement and Income Solutions business to better locate and promptly pay any group annuitant who may be entitled to benefits.”

In response, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin and New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo are also looking into the situation to secure the owed payments to the retirees.

While Galvin wrote to MetLife in hopes to uncover more information regarding the situation as well as obtain a list of the affected retirees and MetLife’s repayment plans, Vullo’s agency is conducting a separate review to make sure the benefits are paid.

“Retirees cannot afford to have glitches with their pension checks,” Galvin said in a statement.

MetLife agreed to fully cooperate with regulators, citing a need for a new way to find retirees with owed benefits.

“What used to be standard protocol for finding retirees who are owed benefits is no longer sufficient,” MetLife said. “While it is still difficult to track everyone down, we have not been as aggressive as we could have been.”

The company will provide an update on the situation in early 2018, when MetLife reports its fourth-quarter earnings. MetLife warned that the problem “may be material to our results of operations.”

“We are deeply disappointed that we fell short of our own high standards,” MetLife said. “Our customers deserve better. We are committed to making this right for our customers. We found the issue, we self-reported it, and we are committed to doing better.”


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Old 12-31-2017, 08:44 PM
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Huh, MetLife has been after me for some money owed my father, who died in 1991 at 62. I haven't gathered the documentation yet partly because I very strongly suspect it's a pittance, as I distinctly remember helping my mother to roll over a lump sum benefit to an IRA a few years later.
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