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By John Ortman5/12/2014 • 0 Comments

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has created a task force to explore how his state can improve retirement security for private sector employees, with an eye toward recommending further action. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein5/9/2014 • 0 Comments

Speaking at a Washington legislative update meeting on May 5, Assistant Labor Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration Phyllis Borzi said that while there is no set date for issuing the rule that will redefine fiduciary, she will not wait forever. Most insiders predict that the rule will not be released before the congressional elections in November. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/9/2014 • 0 Comments

Workers are more concerned about — and more interested in doing something about — their retirement income than they are about financing their health care, a new Towers Watson study reveals. In fact, not only are they more concerned about setting something aside for their retirement, a majority said they are even willing to trade other benefits for guaranteed retirement income later.  READ MORE

By Andrew Remo5/8/2014 • 0 Comments

The Connecticut legislature passed legislation May 8 that would establish a board to study, and then implement, a public retirement plan for private sector employers. The measure awaits the signature of Gov. Dannel Malloy (D).

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By John Iekel5/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Much has been made about providing fee disclosure statements to plan sponsors and participants. But a paper by Mercer and the Stanford Center on Longevity, “Retirement Income Statements May Help Avert a Looming Crisis,suggests that participants would be at least as interested — if not moreso — in electronic statements about projected retirement income from their accounts. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/7/2014 • 0 Comments

The Office of Management and Budget has approved revisions to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s standard termination, distress termination and missing participants forms and instructions. The new forms and instructions can be found on the Plan Terminations page of PBGC’s website.  READ MORE

By John Iekel5/7/2014 • 0 Comments

The funded status of private- and public-sector pension plans is a classic example of bad news/good news. To wit: Corporate pensions’ funded status fell in April, but only very slightly; and some states’ pensions are in bad shape, but funding of public-sector pension plans overall is improving.  READ MORE

By John Iekel5/6/2014 • 0 Comments

The Great Recession wrought a lot of havoc — and 401(k)s did not escape the maelstrom. Many consider the recovery of the U.S. economy to be very gradual; a recent report by Gallup indicates that the same may be said for that of confidence of those not yet retired in 401(k)s as a primary source of retirement income.  READ MORE

By John Iekel5/6/2014 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has revised two schedules to be used with 2014 Form 5500 filings. The PBGC modified the Schedule MB (multiemployer defined benefit plan actuarial information) and the Schedule SB (single-employer defined benefit plan actuarial information) and related instructions. The PBGC seeks the Office of Management and Budget’s approval of the modifications before it issues the revised schedules for use with 2014 filings. 

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By John Iekel5/5/2014 • 0 Comments

Pension plans have a lot of adjustments to make in order to comply with the PBGC premium payment rules, which the PBGC amended for plan years beginning in 2014 and beyond. And even if a plan does not owe the PBGC a premium, it still must make a premium filing. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein5/3/2014 • 0 Comments

Reacting to a forensic investigation initiated by state employees, North Carolina’s $87 billion state pension system may be moving from a sole trustee to a board soon. As reported in P&I, a panel convened by State Treasurer Janet Cowell (D) is recommending the change amid allegations set forth in a forensic investigation commissioned by the State Employees’ Association of North Carolina. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/2/2014 • 0 Comments

House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) didn’t mince words at a May 1 event on multiemployer pension plan reform: the current state of affairs “will inflict a lot of pain on homes and workplaces,” and something needs to be done. He made his remarks at an event the Quality Construction Alliance and Bloomberg Government held in Washington, D.C.  READ MORE

By John Iekel5/1/2014 • 0 Comments

There are things you should do — and not do — in using social media. And it’s especially complicated for those in the retirement plan industry, since social media communications must comply with the rules promulgated by regulatory bodies and others. Join us for an upcoming webcast, “Realities of Social Media in a Regulated Industry,” on Thursday, May 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. 

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By John Iekel4/30/2014 • 0 Comments

The Moving Ahead for the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) pension-funding stabilization provisions, which have been in effect for two years, are most likely to be applied to the determination of funding requirements of larger plans, those with lower funding ratios and plans with a higher number of inactive participants, a new Society of Actuaries (SOA) study shows. The SOA based its research on the data that defined benefit plans reported on their 2012 Form 5500 filings, the most recent the federal government has made publicly available. READ MORE

By Adam Pozek4/29/2014 • 0 Comments

With another testing season in the rear view and PPA restatements looming on the horizon, there are sure to be plenty of questions on everyone’s mind, and ASPPA’s IRS Q&A subcommittee wants to hear them! We are currently gathering questions to go on the list that will be submitted to our friends at the IRS and discussed at the Question & Answer general session at this October’s Annual Conference.  READ MORE

By John Iekel4/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Target date funds play an increasingly important role in retirement plans, and monitoring a plan’s TDF options is fast becoming one of the most important fiduciary obligations plan sponsors face in managing their retirement plan investment lineup. According to a white paper by Cammack Retirement Group, TDFs hold more than half a trillion dollars, including DC plan assets, and there’s no end in sight. READ MORE

By John Iekel4/27/2014 • 0 Comments

More and more employers are making Roth accounts available within their DC plans — and more employees are taking them up on the offer, according to a new white paper from Aon Hewitt. The number of employers that offer Roths within their DC plans more than quadrupled over the last six years, hitting 50 percent by last year. 
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By John Iekel4/25/2014 • 0 Comments

Defined contribution plans that were rewritten between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2010 and that the IRS pre-approved need to be restated with the IRS. The six-year restatement period begins May 1, 2014 and ends April 30, 2016. READ MORE

By John Iekel4/25/2014 • 0 Comments

In two recent pronouncements, the IRS issued plan document guidance for pre-approved defined contribution plans being restated for the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (Announcement 2014-16), as well as 403(b) arrangements (Revenue Procedure 2014-28). According to the latest ASPPA asap, written by Richard A. Hochman, the guidance is a mixed bag. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein4/24/2014 • 0 Comments

Qualified retirement plans offer employees significant tax savings and have become a mainstay of most group benefits. But to maintain their qualified status, they must comply with a set of comprehensive rules and regulations. Failure to comply can result in the immediate taxation of all participants and the loss of the business expense for company contributions, as well as personal and legal repercussions for fiduciaries. READ MORE

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