American Express Retirement Plan

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Qualified Plans

A qualified plan is a type of retirement plan that must meet certain standards set by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). These plans offer tax benefits to employers and employees, as well as government protection. Qualified plans also allow employees to take loans from their retirement accounts, which is not available with non-qualified plans.

American Express Retirement Plan is a defined benefit plan that provides retirement benefits to US employees of the American Express Company and its participating subsidiaries. The plan is administered by Wells Fargo Bank and covers domestic employees, employees on temporary assignments outside of the US, and career expatriate employees of the Company and its participating subsidiaries.

In order to qualify for this plan, an employee must have been employed by the Company and a participating subsidiary at least one year in the past, and must have been eligible to participate in the Plan under the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as of the date of the first contribution made by the Company or its participating subsidiaries. In addition, participants must be at least 22 years of age or have completed a minimum of 10 years of service with the Company and its participating subsidiaries in the United States.

The Plan is designed to provide an employee with a fixed amount of monthly pension payments at retirement, subject to a maximum annual benefit. The monthly benefit is calculated using a formula that is based on the employee’s years of service with the Company and its participating subsidiary.

Participant means any employee who has been a participant in this Plan during the period described in Section 2.15 of this Plan, as amended from time to time. It is also intended to include any person who has accumulated a benefit under the Plan that has neither been forfeited nor fully paid to him during that period.

ERISA defines qualified plans as those that are designed to comply with the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. These plans are required to have rules regarding minimum participation, coverage and vesting, nondiscrimination, distributions, reporting and disclosure, funding and fiduciary standards.

There are two basic types of qualified plans: defined benefit and defined contribution. A defined benefit plan guarantees a specific payout amount at retirement, while a defined contribution plan allows employees to choose their own investments.

A Cash Balance Plan is a hybrid of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans. It offers higher contribution levels than a defined benefit plan, but it does not maintain an account balance for each participant like a defined benefit plan.

The employer may make salary deferral contributions on a pre-tax or post-tax basis, and profit sharing contributions, as well. Account balances are maintained for both types of contributions, and retirement benefits are based on these balances.

The American Express Retirement Plan has a variety of qualified plans to suit the needs of both the business and employees. The plans range from 401(k)-style plans to traditional defined benefit and profit sharing plans, which are both subject to the requirements of ERISA. In addition to these, the Plan offers a group annuity contract for qualified Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution plans, as well as a tax-deferred annuity contract for 401(k) plans, 457 plans and Thrift plans.