Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

By Nevin Adams8/29/2014 • 0 Comments

A new report from Ernst & Young offers a global perspective and some key findings on the challenges and opportunities of various retirement markets. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Census Bureau has published its annual survey of public pensions. The 2013 Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, membership and liabilities information for DB public pension systems. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

What happens to executive retirement benefits when employers close or freeze their defined benefit pension plans? What if that plan is a hybrid/cash balance? And what does that mean for advisors? Towers Watson recently conducted an analysis of how Fortune 200 companies in 2013 transitioned executives after changing their underlying broad-based retirement programs to find the answers. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

While every pension plan has its own unique set of circumstances, a new analysis by the BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (ISSG), finds that financial services, energy and consumer staples have the best funded defined benefit plans.
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By Nevin Adams8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

It is routinely reported that “10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every day”, and yet surveys continue to indicate that Americans plan to postpone retirement.   READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

With the official report not due until September, a draft report released by the Oregon legislature's Task Force on Oregon Retirement Savings offers a blueprint of a proposed new mandatory auto-IRA program for the state. 

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By Nevin Adams8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

With the ERISA fiduciary community still absorbing the impact of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the presumption of prudence standard for company stock in retirement plans, a federal appellate court has introduced a new and potentially complicating aspect to consider.

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By Nevin Adams8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a request for information on the use of brokerage windows, self-directed brokerage accounts and “similar features” in 401(k)-type plans. 

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By Nevin Adams8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Seen those reports that Gen Xer retirements are looking to be even more bleak than that of Baby Boomers? Well, you might want to take another look. A new report from EBRI calls out two of those reports for ignoring some pretty basic assumptions in their analyses.

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By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

How can the fiduciaries of terminated DC plans fulfill their obligations under ERISA to locate missing participants and properly distribute the participants’ account balances? That’s a question the DOL answered in a Field Assistance Bulletin released Aug. 14.

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By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

The SEC on Aug. 11 announced securities fraud charges against the state of Kansas, claiming that the state failed to disclose that the state’s pension system was significantly underfunded, and that the unfunded pension liability created a repayment risk for investors in those bonds.


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Jennifer Gibbs Swets

Jennifer Gibbs Swets

By Jennifer Gibbs Swets, William C. Grossman8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

Keeping with the theme “Raising the Bar,” we hope you will find that the 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference educational offerings will prove to exceed expectations in content, delivery and selection. READ MORE

William C. Grossman

William C. Grossman

By Jennifer Gibbs Swets, William C. Grossman8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

Keeping with the theme “Raising the Bar,” we hope you will find that the 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference educational offerings will prove to exceed expectations in content, delivery and selection. READ MORE

Ray Harmon

Ray Harmon

Ray Harmon

By Ray Harmon8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

The DOL’s ERISA Advisory Council wrapped up a three-day series of public meetings Aug. 21 with a focus on lifetime plan participation. The Council’s final session honed in on whether and how communications and specific plan design features may be used to enhance participants’ decisionmaking. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

This week the ERISA Advisory Council turned its attention to the issue of outsourcing employee benefit plan services and how that might impact and influence fiduciary responsibilities, and touched on how an accreditation program could help fiduciaries make more informed outsourcing choices. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon8/4/2014 • 0 Comments

The Senate capitulated to the House on a bill to replenish the dwindling federal Highway Trust Fund by a vote of 81-13 on the evening of July 31. The final version of the bill that will now go to President Obama’s desk will include the MAP-21 pension smoothing extension initially rejected by the Senate on July 29. READ MORE

Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

By Craig Hoffman8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Inspector General is looking at how the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration monitors plans that claim the “small plan” exemption from the annual independent audit requirement that applies under ERISA, the ASPPA Government Affairs Committee has learned. 

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John Iekel

John Iekel

John Iekel

By John Iekel8/29/2014 • 0 Comments

The gender gap in retirement savings is closing. In fact, it could be on course to reverse the long-standing predominance of men's retirement savings rates, says a recent study by MassMutual. 
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By John Iekel8/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Eastman Kodak, one of New York State’s major employers, has changed its retirement plan in a rather unorthodox way. Kodak still offers both a defined contribution plan and a defined benefit plan, but has enhanced its DB plan while making its DC plan less attractive, Business Insurance reports. The changes go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and affect current employees but not retirees. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Census Bureau has published its annual survey of public pensions. The 2013 Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, membership and liabilities information for DB public pension systems. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

We’re living longer than ever. But no one told the economy that, so for most of us saving enough to cover our expenses late in life after we’ve retired takes planning and good choices. Recent pieces from The Wall Street Journal and the Brookings Institution highlight expanded options but counsel care in making selections.  READ MORE

By John Iekel8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

This summer, for the first time in more than 20 years, Hawaii was hit by a named tropical system. ays later, a second churned offshore. Hurricane Arthur splashed through North Carolina’s Outer Banks just before July 4. And the height of the Atlantic hurricane season is about to arrive. This portends the possibility of significant property losses, business disruption and the need for hardship distributions from 401(k)s. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

Fidelity has changed the way it manages its 401(k) plan. That took some convincing — it had been sued by 29 current and former employees on behalf of 50,000 of their peers over conflicts of interest in its plan.

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By John Iekel8/14/2014 • 0 Comments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) have named members to the commissions they have established to make retirement savings secure. ASPPA members are among those they have named to the groups.

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By John Iekel8/14/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA and ACOPA, in an Aug. 13 letter to Robert Choi, Director, Employee Plans at the IRS, have requested guidance regarding the application of the funding stabilization provisions in section 2003 of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (HTFA) to plan years beginning in 2013 and 2014.

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By John Iekel8/8/2014 • 0 Comments

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition — or, rather, an IRS or Department of Labor (DOL) audit. And yet, it can’t hurt to be ready for one. Of course, the best way to be ready is to comply with the law and regulations and follow best practices. But there are practical steps one can take to be ready as well, just in case — and the Millennium Trust Company suggests some in its recent webinar, “Preparing for and Surviving a Plan Audit.” READ MORE

By John Iekel8/8/2014 • 0 Comments

During the last week of July, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a panel on retirement security — and shared some interesting perspectives on the state of America’s retirement readiness. Pension professionals should understand these perspectives, as they could well find their way into future retirement policy proposals.  READ MORE

By John Iekel8/8/2014 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified companies that offer advances in exchange for receiving all or part of their pension funds and questionable practices that may put plan participants at risk. “Pension Advance Transactions: Questionable Business Practices Identified,” a report the GAO prepared for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, identified questionable elements of these transactions. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/4/2014 • 0 Comments

The proposal to restructure ASPPA has received a seal of approval, and then some. To be exact, 90% approval of the credentialed members — something beyond even categorization as a landslide. After three weeks of voting, the credentialed members have spoken, and have endorsed the plan heartily.  READ MORE

By John Iekel8/1/2014 • 0 Comments

Offering participants too many options can discourage enrollment. But what’s the “sweet spot” in terms of the optimal number of enrollment options? A test by Fidelity found that 78% of participants preferred a three-part enrollment option — and that those who chose that option contributed more.  READ MORE

By John Iekel8/1/2014 • 0 Comments

A secure retirement and adequate retirement savings are targets many Americans can attain. That’s the conclusion that Prudential has reached, based on research by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. In its most recent National Retirement Risk Index, the center found that to maintain the standard of living they had before retirement, the average American household needs their 401(k) to provide 35% of income during retirement. The exact percentage varies by income level.
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John  Ortman

John Ortman

John Ortman

By John Ortman8/4/2014 • 0 Comments

So this year’s estimate of when the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) trust fund will run out of money is 2033, the Social Security trustees reported July 28 — roughly the same as last year’s estimate. There’s just one problem: There is no such thing as an OASDI trust fund.
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Andrew Remo

Andrew Remo

By Andrew Remo8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

A new academic paper, unveiled at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Retirement Research Consortium held Aug. 7-8, concludes that the net benefits of Social Security combined with the tax benefits for retirement savings are larger as a share of income for lower-earning workers than for higher-earning workers. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/14/2014 • 0 Comments

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the congressional scorekeeper of tax legislation, on Aug. 5 issued its latest estimates of the increasing costs of the tax incentives for retirement savings. The numbers are eye-popping. 

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ASPPA Net Staff

ASPPA Net Staff

By ASPPA Net Staff8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

According to recent reports, a sizable portion of U.S. adults say they are not financially ready to retire — but mitigating that sobering news at least somewhat is that many know it. And those reports offer some suggestions for how to increase that readiness.

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By ASPPA Net Staff8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

The ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) honored Cynthia A. Groszkiewicz, MSPA, FCA, MAAA, with the 2014 Edward E. Burrows Distinguished Achievement Award on Aug. 16 at the ACOPA Actuarial Symposium in Chicago. 

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By ASPPA Net Staff8/14/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA’s annual conference will offer an unparalleled opportunity to learn, be informed and network with experts and other members and professionals, but also a little bit more. On Tuesday evening, Oct. 28, relax and unwind as we travel back in time and dance the night away with The Pink Flamingos, an '80s cover band!

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By ASPPA Net Staff8/8/2014 • 0 Comments

The Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index slipped eight points in the second quarter driven largely by a 17-point decline in optimism among retired investors. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/6/2014 • 0 Comments

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has named the members of a panel charged with finding “…ways to better secure retirement savings for private-sector employees in Maryland.” Established by executive order in May and chaired by former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D), the task force brings together representatives from key sectors across the state to find ways to better secure retirement savings for private-sector employees in Maryland.  READ MORE