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By Nevin Adams11/10/2014 • 0 Comments

Having regained their Senate majority and deepened their hold on the House, the GOP — with a wary eye on the 2016 elections — may be ready to deal. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Location could be a factor in retirement plan participation, according to a new report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). It notes that, not only do workers’ demographic characteristics affect the probability of their participation in an employment-based retirement plan, but their geographic location also has an impact. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon11/6/2014 • 0 Comments

The ERISA Advisory Council has now made its final recommendations of 2014, and got an update on regulatory proposals in return. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/6/2014 • 0 Comments

We hear a lot about how well Americans are saving — or not — for their retirement. In that spirit, Legg Mason Global Asset Management has unveiled EZ IRA, a payroll deduction IRA program intended to provide a way to build that savings rate. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo11/5/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA, NAPA and NTSA submitted a joint letter Nov. 3 to the Connecticut Retirement Security Board (CRSB) in response to the board’s request for public comment in order to help the CSRB develop and implement a state-run plan for employees of private employers. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell11/4/2014 • 0 Comments

The 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference was our biggest yet, and ASPPA Net had the coverage befitting such an event. Check out a full recap of the sessions and speakers that educated and entertained attendees during the last week of October. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/4/2014 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office in a recent report has highlighted one of the ways public- and private-sector deferred benefit plans differ — valuation. “Pension Plan Valuation: Views on Using Multiple Measures to Offer a More Complete Financial Picture” outlines and discusses these differences and their implications. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/4/2014 • 0 Comments

A new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute notes that the probability of a worker participating in an employment-based retirement plan increased significantly along with the size of his or her employer. READ MORE

By John Ortman11/3/2014 • 0 Comments

Why does a TPA need a service agreement, anyway? Shouldn’t a handshake be good enough? Of course it’s not, as all TPAs know — that’s what service agreements are for. “We need service agreements to meet our legal responsibilities for fee disclosure. We need them so that we don’t get sued, ‘or sc.rewed’ on fees, and to protect ourselves if either happens,” says Summit Benefits’ Norman Levinrad. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

American workers are feeling better about their retirement prospects, with most of the (modest) improvement registered among higher-income individuals and women, a new survey suggests. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

More than two and a half years after the city of Stockton, Calif. declared insolvency, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein on Oct. 30 confirmed the city’s proposal for exiting Chapter 9 bankruptcy. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA honored Richard A. Groszkiewicz, MSPA, with the 2014 Educator’s Award on Oct. 29, during the 48th ASPPA Annual Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reissued its preliminary report on individual retirement account (IRA) accumulations. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/30/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA’s College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) at an Oct. 28 luncheon during ASPPA’s Annual conference, held at National Harbor, Md., awarded its designation of Fellow, Society of Pension Actuaries (FSPA) to 14 outstanding actuaries. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs Craig P. Hoffman and Joe Canary, director of the Office of Regulations and Interpretations for the Employee Benefit Security Administration, discussed some of the recurring and unresolved matters regarding participant disclosures at an Oct. 28 session of the ASPPA Annual Conference at National Harbor, Md. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

It’s not often that retirement plan professionals have the chance to ask a distinguished panel for their take on sometimes thorny, sometimes complicated, sometimes nagging issues. But attendees at an "ask the experts" session on the last day of ASPPA’s Annual Conference, held in National Harbor, Md., had that opportunity. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Today, third-party administrators are partnering with plan advisors like never before, providing more robust packages to clients than either could support by themselves. But just like any other team, the partnership can easily fall apart if everyone isn’t working together. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Using easy-to-remember best practices, consultant Sarah Simoneaux, CPC, told attendees at the 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference Oct. 28 how they can make a first impression the best impression, and continue a strong relationship with a new client well past the introductory meeting. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Remember the kids' game, Hot Potato? Seems like there's a grown-up version too, for plan administrators who perform a fiduciary role. That was what Nicholas J. White, Special Counsel at Trucker Huss, addressed in an Oct. 28 session at ASPPA's 2014 Annual Conference at National Harbor, Md. READ MORE

By John Ortman10/28/2014 • 0 Comments

Advisors seeking to capture IRA rollovers face a "four-part harmonization" of regulatory and other government entities -- that is, SEC, DOL, FINRA and GAO -- in the words of ERISA attorney Fred Reish. Speaking at a workshop session at the 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference Oct. 28, the Drinker Biddle attorney was joined by fellow panelists Pete Swisher of Pentegra and Yannis Koumantaros of GROUPIRA. READ MORE

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