Here you’ll find all news stories and all posts on ASPPA Net, with the newest items at the top.

By James Turpin11/12/2015 • 0 Comments

Assume you are the enrolled actuary for a traditional calendar year defined benefit plan sponsored by a small employer. The owner of the business generates about 90% of the firm’s revenue and his benefit from the plan represents about 95% of the total benefit liabilities for the plan. READ MORE

By Judy Miller11/12/2015 • 0 Comments

I am tempted to rail against PBGC premium increases (again) today, but unfortunately it does no good. So, let me talk about something positive: proposals to make it easier for defined benefit plans. READ MORE

By Karen Smith11/12/2015 • 0 Comments

We wanted to provide an update on a couple of ACOPA projects. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Despite a growing awareness of the importance of retirement income planning, a recent survey finds nearly half of plan sponsors offer no income-oriented products to their participants. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Recent research by Milliman, Inc. shows mixed signals for private-sector pension plans; their funded status dropped and liabilities grew, but funding problems may have begun to turn the corner. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Another bill looking to derail the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal has been introduced in Congress. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Effective Feb. 12, 2016, the IRS will no longer be offering the ERPA Special Enrollment Examination (ERPA SEE) to become an ERPA. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/9/2015 • 0 Comments

People who don’t have access to a plan at work don’t save for retirement; here’s why small business owners should care. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Working with retirement plans is a complicated, challenging and constantly changing process; nonetheless, there are certain constants — and things that bear repeating and/or reconsidering from time to time.
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By John Iekel11/9/2015 • 0 Comments

As the Department of Labor prepares the final iteration of its proposed fiduciary rule, it may be useful to look back on how this all came about and what it entails — and the Congressional Research Service has issued a report that facilitates just that kind of review. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS has issued a draft of the Form 5500-EZ to be used by one-participant retirement plans for 2015 information reporting. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

The Windy City played host in the first week of November to a gathering focused on developing ideas to address America’s retirement savings challenge — but government-run solutions dominated the conversation. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

With concerns about the final Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule and its potential impact on low- and middle-income families still percolating on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of House of Representatives members has outlined a series of legislative principles to help guide those efforts. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

“In my 40 years of doing this, I never thought I’d see the day we’d have a president giving us direct instructions …” [on state-run, automatic enrollment IRA programs], Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis Borzi told the ERISA Advisory Council Nov. 3-4. READ MORE

By Janice Wegesin11/5/2015 • 0 Comments

On Nov.2, 2015, the Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) sent about 1,200 letters by email to filers of 2014 Form 5500 that did not properly include the report of an independent accountant. READ MORE

By Susan Perry11/5/2015 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association (ARA) Board of Directors has amended the Professional Code of Conduct to provide that a member of the American Retirement Association is an actuary for purposes of that code if certain criteria are met. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/5/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA is always providing information and insights that will be valuable to its members! Following is a summary of upcoming webcasts and events. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/5/2015 • 0 Comments

The Treasury Department has officially launched its MyRA program on a national basis, hoping to “create a savings habit that will grow,” according to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/4/2015 • 0 Comments

On Nov. 3, ASPPA submitted a comment letter with the IRS on the treatment of overpayments, as defined in sections 5.01(3)(c) and 5.02(4) of Revenue Procedure 2013-12, under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/3/2015 • 0 Comments

They may not have been willing to block the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary proposal with legislation, but a group of Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives are asking for some additional time to comment on the final proposal before it’s final. READ MORE

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