Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

By Nevin Adams 2/20/2018 • 0 Comments

The Massachusetts Securities Division filed charges against Scottrade for knowingly violating its internal policies regarding DOL fiduciary rule implementation — which plaintiffs seeking to overturn that rule say validates their concerns. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

The Massachusetts Securities Division has filed charges against a firm for knowingly violating its internal policies regarding implementation of the DOL fiduciary rule — and taken a shot at the Department of Labor. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 2/6/2018 • 0 Comments

Here are, in my estimation, the three biggest mistakes fiduciaries make. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 2/2/2018 • 0 Comments

It has been heartening to see a number of employers announce plans to expand and increase benefit programs, offer bonuses, and increase the employer match — and more could lie ahead. READ MORE

John Iekel

John Iekel

By John Iekel 2/28/2018 • 0 Comments

Employees are in the mood to save more for their retirement, and an increasing number of employers are tapping in to that sentiment, say recent reports. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/26/2018 • 0 Comments

Financial education can be an antidote for financial stress, but not in the traditional ways it is provided, suggests a recent study.
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By John Iekel 2/26/2018 • 0 Comments

A recently released paper discusses the relative strengths of saving more and working longer to bring about an affordable, sustainable standard of living in retirement. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/23/2018 • 0 Comments

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have named the four Republicans and four Democrats from the House who will serve on the new Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/22/2018 • 0 Comments

In a Feb. 21 letter to Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter, Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) has requested that the IRS reevaluate the new VCP user fees announced earlier this year. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/21/2018 • 0 Comments

Expecting unexpected events can help a retiree to be prepared, says a recent report that has implications not only for retirees but also for retirement plan professionals. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/20/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent study found that giving plan participants a projected view of future monthly income likely will result in higher expected income replacement rates during retirement. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

Growing U.S. bond yields and changes to corporate taxes could pay dividends for private-sector DB plans, some analysts argue. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

In observance of Presidents Day on Feb. 19, the ASPPA offices will be closed and ASPPA Connect will not be published on Feb. 19; it will reappear on Feb. 21. Here are some interesting facts about people who were one heartbeat away from the Oval Office. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

The PBGC has proposed that some of its records systems be modified, some rescinded and new ones introduced. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/14/2018 • 0 Comments

A bill that would revamp the multiemployer pension system is now before the U.S. House. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/14/2018 • 0 Comments

The New Jersey Treasury is reviewing responses to its RFI from private-sector firms to provide investment products for New Jersey’s Small Business Retirement Marketplace. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/13/2018 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Treasury have proposed a plan to streamline tax regulations, including some that are related to and affect retirement plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/13/2018 • 0 Comments

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Feb. 13 cited the cut in corporate tax rates under the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) as a way to boost retirement plans and retirement savings. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/12/2018 • 0 Comments

Many plan documents are requirements. So too, are fiduciary duties. Do the two intersect? READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/12/2018 • 0 Comments

Debt is accumulating, and that load may not melt away quickly — it may linger, extending its chill seasons ahead to retirement. A recent blog post looks at its longer-term effects. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/9/2018 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Treasury Department have issued an update to their joint 2017-18 Priority Guidance Plan. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/9/2018 • 0 Comments

The Feb. 8 ASPPA Washington Update for the first quarter of 2018 offered a look at a variety of current issues. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/8/2018 • 0 Comments

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has retirement savers in mind this year in its 2018 examination priorities. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/7/2018 • 0 Comments

The largest retirement plans in the United States collectively amassed more than $10 trillion by the end of the third quarter of 2017, a recent report estimates. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/7/2018 • 0 Comments

A bipartisan committee with members from both houses of Congress will examine ways to address the solvency of multiemployer pension plans, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Feb. 7. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/7/2018 • 0 Comments

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) will not affect 2018 pension plan limitations, the IRS said on Feb. 6 in IR-2018-19. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/6/2018 • 0 Comments

The Oregon Retirement Savings Board has issued a status report on OregonSaves, the state-sponsored retirement plan for private-sector workers. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/5/2018 • 0 Comments

Panelists at a session of ASPPA’s Feb. 2 Tax Virtual Conference offered their take on what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means to retirement plan professionals. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/2/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent paper touches on where retirement readiness fits into the financial wellness equation, and it’s not just in the obvious ways. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/2/2018 • 0 Comments

January opened with the ball dropping, but that may be about all that fell last month — at least as far as pension plan funding was concerned. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/1/2018 • 0 Comments

Two more House members, one from each major party, on Jan. 30 joined 132 of their peers as cosponsors of the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act. READ MORE

Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

By Nevin Adams2/13/2018 • 0 Comments

While the most common default deferral remains 3% of pay, more than half of those with automatic enrollment now have a default deferral rate higher than 3%, says the PSCA’s 60th Annual Survey of Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans. READ MORE

Richard Ford

Richard Ford

By Richard Ford2/21/2018 • 0 Comments

In a 2017 report, a survey of 1,600 workers found that 53% are feeling financial stress, which results in negative impacts that impose costs on employers because of its effects on employees. READ MORE

Ted Godbout

Ted Godbout

By Ted Godbout2/28/2018 • 0 Comments

A Willis Towers Watson study finds that most large employers now provide only defined contribution and other account-based plans to newly hired employees. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout2/26/2018 • 0 Comments

Workers who have participated in an employer-sponsored plan are much more likely to report that they have recently tried to figure out how much retirement income they will need, says a new study. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

Savers across all generations expect to increase their 401(k) contributions in the coming months, according to the results of a new survey that examines 401(k) savers’ attitudes and behaviors. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout2/9/2018 • 0 Comments

The two-year budget agreement that Congress passed in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 9 includes several tax policy changes affecting retirement plans. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout2/8/2018 • 0 Comments

Witnesses at a Feb. 6 Senate committee hearing debated current challenges and offered proposals to help so-called “gig economy” workers save for retirement. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout2/6/2018 • 0 Comments

New survey results from TD Ameritrade suggest that three-quarters of Americans are in the dark when it comes to 401(k) fees. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout2/5/2018 • 0 Comments

When considering the tax advantages, an argument can be made that HSAs are a better investment vehicle, particularly when used only for qualified medical expenses, a new report claims. READ MORE

Kenneth Marblestone

Kenneth Marblestone

Andrew Remo

Andrew Remo

By Andrew Remo2/23/2018 • 0 Comments

Concerned that the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule could be pared back, Maryland is considering extending fiduciary duty under state law. READ MORE

ASPPA Net Staff

ASPPA Net Staff

By ASPPA Net Staff2/28/2018 • 0 Comments

Now is the time to get up-to-date on developments in Washington and their impact on retirement plans. Learn from someone in the know, Craig Hoffman, ARA’s General Counsel. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/26/2018 • 0 Comments

TPAs and other retirement plan professionals may find it useful to know that the number of plan sponsors calculating and benchmarking fees in the past year is up — and whether that is having an impact. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/23/2018 • 0 Comments

April Fools Day is not far off, but the joke's on a plan that forgets the April 1 deadline for the first RMD to terminated vested participants who attained age 70½ in 2017 and to participants older than age 70½ who retired in 2017. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/21/2018 • 0 Comments

Updated data from government filings finds that plans, participants and benefits all increased between 2014 and 2015 — but for the first time since 2008, total amount of assets held by pension plans decreased. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/21/2018 • 0 Comments

In a recent blog post, Fred Reish focuses on the issue of “reasonable compensation” and what, if any, changes will be made to that requirement. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

Encouraged by the new tax reform law, more well-known employers have announced plans to boost retirement plan contributions for their workers. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/12/2018 • 0 Comments

In its FY 2019 budget request, the Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking a slight increase in funding for inspections and examinations. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/2/2018 • 0 Comments

President Trump keeps talking up 401(k) balances — and the January results for the average 401(k) account balance certainly support that. READ MORE