Prudential Study: A New Workforce is Changing the Workplace

A new study by Prudential Financial reveals that more Baby Boomers are choosing to stay in the workforce than previous generations.


There are two compelling reasons why Baby Boomers are staying in the workforce longer than prior generations, according to Prudential Financial (No. 15 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list).

The first is psychological, as their identity is closely tied to work. The second is tied to financial wellness, as they need to work due to the economic impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

In order to remain in the workforce and productive as they age, many Boomers are making their own modifications to how they work. It makes sense for employers to help them in their efforts because as Boomers stay in the workforce longer, they are at greater risk of experiencing short- and long-term disabilities, and may bridge their retirement with a disability, which could result in considerable costs for employers. Disability costs employers 8 percent to 15 percent of payroll to date, and those costs are only expected to rise as the population continues to age.

Prudential's study on productive aging details cost-effective alternatives to disability that can help bridge Baby Boomers to retirement in a more healthy manner. The company's study produced these key results:

  • While aging workers experience physical and cognitive declines, many are leading the way in changing their approach to work to stay productive until retirement.
  • There are cost-effective opportunities for employers to support workers who want to self-modify their approach and bridge the gap to retirement in a healthy manner.
  • Workers over age 50 experience longer disability durations than their younger counterparts, so there's an opportunity for employers to manage associated disability costs of their aging employee population.

To find out more, read Prudential's complete study, "How an Aging Workforce is Helping Itself Stay Productive: What Employers Need to Know."

Prudential: PGIM Real Estate enters San Francisco Bay Area Multifamily Joint Venture with CityView Managed Client

PGIM Real Estate, acting on behalf of an institutional real estate investor, is the real estate investment business of PGIM, the $1 trillion global investment management businesses of Prudential Financial, Inc.

Originally Published by Prudential Financial.

PGIM Real Estate has formed a joint venture with a public pension fund client of CityView to acquire a 50 percent interest in a portfolio of five Class A multifamily properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. The portfolio is valued at approximately $500 million. PGIM Real Estate, acting on behalf of an institutional real estate investor, is the real estate investment business of PGIM, the $1 trillion global investment management businesses of Prudential Financial, Inc.

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Prudential: Stable Value Funds a New Trend in College Savings

Why are an increasing number of states making stable value the conservative investment option in their 529 plans?

Originally Published by Prudential.

For years, many 529 plans offered money market funds as their conservative investment option. Now, they're increasingly replacing them with stable value funds, investment vehicles wrapped in insurance contracts that guarantee a specific minimum return. A new white paper from Prudential Financial, Inc., "529 Plans: Assessing the Stable Value Option", examines why.

Plans in 26 states currently include a stable value fund. Among the recent converts are Iowa's College Savings Iowa plan and Connecticut's CHET Advisor plan, both of which jettisoned money market funds in favor of stable value offerings in 2017. Indiana's CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan made the same change to stable value in late 2016.

The growing interest in stable value may be explained by the fact that some administrators of 529 plans are familiar with its use in state-sponsored 403(b) and 457 retirement savings plans. Stable value funds have been highly popular for decades in the defined contribution retirement plan market, where they account for more than $700 billion in total retirement plan assets.

With their relatively short investment horizons, many participants in 529 plans place a premium on protecting their principal. At the same time, they appreciate seeing their account grow in value. Stable value addresses these twin priorities with:

  • Book-value guarantees that help assure access to principal and accumulated interest, regardless of financial market conditions
  • Crediting-rate formulas that can smooth out the impact of market volatility on investment returns
  • Returns that historically have outperformed those of the most common conservative investment option, money market funds, helping put 529 plan participants closer to achieving their investment goals

As 529 plans become increasingly popular, many plan administrators may find adding a stable value option to their investment lineup a competitive necessity—especially in the wake of recent tax law changes.

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, qualified uses for 529 plan assets have been expanded to include not just postsecondary education but also qualified K-12 expenses—up to $10,000 per year. With that change, some parents may find themselves tapping their 529 assets sooner than anticipated. If so, their keen focus on principal guarantees—and the appeal of stable value funds—may only be heightened.

New York Red Bulls Sign 12 Players from Special Olympics New Jersey Red Bulls and Prudential Partner on Unified Program

"This program promotes wellness in our community—physical, social, emotional—inspiring us to find ways to overcome challenges and become powerful forces for change."

Originally Published by Prudential Financial, Inc.

The New York Red Bulls, in partnership with Prudential Financial, Inc., have signed 12 athletes from Special Olympics New Jersey to two-game contracts, the club announced. Prudential Financial is the proud presenting partner of the Red Bulls Special Olympics Unified Team.

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