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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 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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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

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 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

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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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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