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By John Ortman7/15/2014 • 0 Comments

The three-week voting period by credentialed members on the ASPPA Board of Directors’ restructuring proposal is now about halfway through. Have you cast your vote yet? READ MORE

By John Iekel7/14/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS on July 11 announced that it is withdrawing a proposal it made in 1981 for an amendment to regulations governing IRA rollovers. The proposed amendment to Treas. Reg. § 1.408-4(b)(4)(ii) would have applied the rollover limitation on an IRA-by-IRA basis. This withdrawal affects individuals who maintain IRAs and financial institutions that are trustees, custodians, or issuers of IRAs. READ MORE

By Judy Miller7/11/2014 • 0 Comments

On Thursday, July 10, both the House Ways and Means (W&M) and the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) marked up bills to extend funding for the highway trust fund. Both bills include extension of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) interest stabilization provision to provide part of the necessary funding.  READ MORE

By John Ortman7/11/2014 • 0 Comments

The conference brochure for the 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference is now available on the Annual Conference website. Just click on the “Raising the Bar” artwork in the right margin to download the 30-page pdf. 
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By John Ortman7/9/2014 • 0 Comments

Voting by credentialed members on the ASPPA Board of Directors’ proposal to restructure the organization is now open. Have you cast your vote yet? READ MORE

By John Iekel7/9/2014 • 0 Comments

Just added to this year’s Western Benefits Conference, July 27-30 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas: an update on ERISA-related litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court, which has been very active recently in the employee benefits area. READ MORE

By John Iekel7/9/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has announced that its ERISA Advisory Council will be examining issues and considerations related to facilitating lifetime retirement plan participation. In explaining its rationale for doing so, it cites the recent movement of participant assets out of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, and into retirement accounts not covered by ERISA — such as IRAs or other savings accounts — or as plan distributions.  READ MORE

By John Iekel7/9/2014 • 0 Comments

In honor of Ed Burrows’ contribution to the advancement of the general understanding of pension knowledge, an annual honorary payment of $2,000 is awarded for the best paper submitted on a topic selected by the Ed Burrows Award Committee. The winning submission will be the paper that in the committee’s judgment both adheres to that year’s topic, and best advances the understanding of the national retirement system.  READ MORE

By John Iekel7/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Growing professionally, making new connections and strengthening existing ones, exchanging ideas on actions you can take to build your business — there’s never a bad time for any of these. But the start of a new year is an especially good time, and ASPPA will be offering an ideal opportunity in the first-ever Business Executives and Managers Conference, to be held in Houston on Jan. 26-27, 2015 at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel. READ MORE

By John Iekel7/3/2014 • 0 Comments

We heard you! Market research that ASPPA is conducting has given us a good look at which industry trends cause you the most pain, and we have compiled the top eight concerns.

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By John Iekel7/2/2014 • 0 Comments

The Treasury Department issued a rule July 1 that essentially allows employees to convert part of their IRA or 401(k) balances into a longevity annuity. Under the rule, an IRA or 401(k) can allow participants to use $125,000 or up to 25 percent of their IRA or 401(k) — whichever is less — to buy a longevity annuity. The dollar limit will be adjusted for inflation in $10,000 increments.  READ MORE

By John Iekel7/1/2014 • 0 Comments

Nondiscrimination tests, sometimes described as the “rocket science” of the tax compliance world, can make an employer run afoul. And that’s exactly what happened to 57,277 of the 401(k) plans that Judy Diamond Associates reports in a study it recently released. The study says that the plans in question failed the most recent nondiscrimination tests they conducted in compliance with IRS regulations.  READ MORE

By John Iekel6/30/2014 • 0 Comments

Fiduciaries of an ESOP are not entitled to any special presumption of prudence with regard to purchases or sales of employer securities, except as the duty of prudence relates to diversification of plan investments, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 25.  In an ASPPA asap, Ilene Ferenczy of Ferenczy + Paul LLP, offers her insights on this case and what the ruling means.  READ MORE

By John Iekel6/27/2014 • 0 Comments

According to Acting Director of IRS Employee Plans Thomas Petit, the IRS still lists 401(k) plans among its top examination priorities. Petit provided that confirmation to attendees of the ASPPA Regional Conference in Chicago. READ MORE

By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

It will be a good deal more congenial than testifying before the Treasury Department — but just as informative. Maybe moreso! Robert M. Kaplan, who has more than 30 years’ worth of experience and is the recipient of the Pension Administrator’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Institute of Pension Administrators and has indeed testified at Treasury, will share his expertise on working with safe harbor 401(k)s in a July 17 webcast. READ MORE

By Judy Miller6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

The Senate Finance Committee met June 26 to consider a modified chairman’s mark of revenue raisers to pay for an extension of the highway trust fund through the end of the year. The hearing adjourned with no action, but with the stated intention of reconvening to mark up a proposal early in the week following the July 4 recess. Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) indicated that in the interim, he and ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would be discussing the revenue provisions with House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) with the goal of reaching common agreement. READ MORE

By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

Early withdrawals — loans taken against plan balances, hardship withdrawals and retirement account payouts when changing jobs — can provide participants quick infusions of cash that help meet pressing needs. But these forms of “leakage” can come at the expense of their future retirement security. A new analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) provides empirical data on the full impact of leakage on 401(k) balances.  READ MORE

By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

Proposed increases in Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation premiums are a fool’s errand at best, says a report prepared for the American Benefits Council (ABC). “Further PBGC Premium Increases Pose Greatest Threat to Pension System,” a report Quantria Strategies, LLC prepared for the ABC, warns that it would it be more than pointless to raise PBGC premiums — it would be counterproductive. 
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By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

There are just a few days left to weigh in on which industry trends cause you the most pain! There’s still time — but only a little — to be part of the market research ASPPA is conducting.

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By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

At their current savings rate, many Americans will have tough choices to make as they age. Not only that, but a low savings rate has broader serious implications for the U.S. economy and its solvency. “Another Penny Saved: The Benefits of Higher U.S. Household Saving,” a paper by Oxford Economics, paints a sobering picture of the current savings rate and its consequences for retirement. But it also offers some suggestions regarding how to address and maybe even reverse it, and what could result from that. READ MORE

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