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By Donna Brewster10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Growing and managing a business presents a multitude of challenges. To aid in meeting them, ASPPA’s new Business Managers and Owners Council will provide a number of opportunities for you to enhance your business management skills. Membership in this group is exclusively available to qualified ASPPA members as an “add on” to your regular ASPPA dues. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Social Security Administration have issued their cost-of-living adjustments relevant to retirement benefits for 2015. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

The 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference kicks off Sunday at the Gaylord National Resort at the National Harbor, located in Oxon Hill, Md., just outside our nation’s capital. We'll be there from the start until the conference ends on Wednesday, reporting on the Annual's general sessions, workshops and more. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/22/2014 • 0 Comments

A new study finds that more retirees are receiving retirement income from private-sector retirement plans than in 1975, the year after ERISA came into being.

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By ASPPA Net Staff10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

They say when you have your health, you have just about everything, and a new study seems to bear that out — and that includes being financially ready for retirement. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 had consequences for annual financial and actuarial information reporting under Section 4010 of ERISA and part 4010 of the PBGC regulations. To better clarify how it applies, the PBGC on Oct. 17 issued Technical Update 14-2: Effect of HATFA on 4010 Reporting. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

The number of single-employer defined benefit plans has dropped sharply over a nearly 40-year period, while multiemployer DB plans' decline has been far less dramatic. But Bureau of Labor Statistics Office of Compensation and Working Conditions economist William Wiatrowski shows in a study that it's too simplistic to explain this by noting that DB plans have long been declining as DC plans have grown. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

The upcoming Nov. 4 midterm congressional election will have important repercussions for retirement plan professionals. Questions the results of the election may raise will be answered in “What Do the Election Results Mean to ASPPA Members?,” a special, members-only post-election wrapup in a Thursday, Nov. 6 webcast by ASPPA CEO/Executive Director Brian Graff and Political Director Jim Dornan. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon10/16/2014 • 0 Comments

The President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans recently held its annual meeting — but retirement planning was barely mentioned. READ MORE

By Barry Levy10/16/2014 • 0 Comments

This month ASPPA will be launching the Business Managers & Owners Council. BMOC is a new membership add-on designed for ASPPA members who are either owners or senior executives of a qualified plan administration business. READ MORE

By Robert Richter, Robert Kaplan10/16/2014 • 0 Comments

While it is true that safe harbor 401(k) plans are free from the testing of deferrals and, in most cases, matching contributions, it is also true that there are potential pitfalls that may jeopardize the plan’s qualification status. Our session on Monday, Oct. 27 at the ASPPA Annual Conference will highlight common errors and suggested corrections of which practitioners need to be aware.
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By John Iekel10/16/2014 • 0 Comments

In an Oct. 15 letter to Department of Labor Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration Phyllis Borzi, ASPPA has urged the DOL to issue regulations that provide a longer period for all disclosures. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/15/2014 • 0 Comments

A new survey finds that most employers are concerned that the rising cost of health care will lead workers to cut back on retirement savings — and see a holistic approach to both as a potential solution.
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By ASPPA Net Staff10/14/2014 • 0 Comments

Almost six in 10 small business owners believe employees have what they need to protect their health and income but only 35% believe their employees are saving enough for a comfortable retirement. That concern doubtless underlies the findings of a recent study which included the perspectives of 600 business owners of U.S. firms with 10-500 employees.
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By ASPPA Net Staff10/13/2014 • 0 Comments

The ASPPA Board has proposed amending the documents approved by the membership in July to substitute the American Retirement Association for the American Retirement Council. On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Credentialed Members will receive information via email on how they may vote on this important matter.

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By ASPPA Net Staff10/11/2014 • 0 Comments

How many American workers are covered by a retirement plan? It depends on how you look at it. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman10/10/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS announced this week, to the surprise of many, that the IRS electronic filing system known as FIRE (Filing Information Returns Electronically) will be shut down from approximately 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, until approximately 6:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. READ MORE

By Robert Richter, Richard Hochman10/9/2014 • 0 Comments

Our session at the ASPPA Annual Conference, “Plan Provisions that Should Come with a Surgeon General’s Warning,” will focus on plan designs and plan provisions that should be reviewed, and in some cases, avoided. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/8/2014 • 0 Comments

A recent article claimed that there was an imaginary retirement income crisis that was being pushed by some who want to boost Social Security benefits and reduce tax incentives for saving. Within a day, New School economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci responded. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Differences in workforce composition — not costs — appear to be a primary cause for the lower rate at which small employers sponsor retirement plans, according to a new report.
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