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By Nevin Adams1/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has outlined the conditions for determining the existence of a partial plan termination, ruling on the fifth appeal of what it called a “seemingly interminable class action suit.”
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By Nevin Adams1/14/2015 • 0 Comments

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) is arguing that the Land of Lincoln has “police powers” that allow it to change a contract in extraordinary circumstances, including changes to the state’s public pensions contained in a 2013 pension overhaul.
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By Andrew Remo1/14/2015 • 0 Comments

House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) unveiled a set of tax proposals Jan. 12 that are said to be designed, at least in part, to redistribute current tax breaks for the wealthy to middle-class workers.

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By John Iekel1/13/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on Jan. 12 issued a draft of the 2015 premium filing form and instructions. It provides information for plans paying premiums for plan years beginning in 2015, including instructions for all the particular forms of data that must be reported.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The deadline for earning and reporting your 2013-2014 Continuing Education (CE) credits has been extended to Feb. 28, 2015.

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By Craig Hoffman1/12/2015 • 0 Comments

A regulation that would allow for a “window” period for giving out the annual notice required in most 401(k) plans appears to be heading for a spring 2015 publication date — and that could be good news for your plan sponsor clients.
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By John Ortman1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

The House of Representatives adopted a rule change Jan. 6 that directs Congress’ legislative analysts — the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office — to incorporate the economic effects of major legislation into their official cost estimates of proposed legislation. READ MORE

By Sarah Simoneaux1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

“Dr. Zhivago” had been at the local movie theater for three weeks. Driving to the theater cost 32 cents per gallon of gas, and “California Dreaming” by the Mamas and Papas played on AM radio. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

Despite media attention surrounding the Millennial Generation’s relatively poor economic outcomes during the Great Recession, a new analysis by researchers at the Federal Reserve finds that they have fared better on many measures than both current older adults and earlier young adults. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

It was not a good year for pension funding, according to two studies of 2014 data on pension plan funding levels. READ MORE

By John Iekel1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

In enforcing the law, the Pension and Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) needs to remember its mission to preserve and protect defined benefit plans; that was PBGC Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate Constance Donovan's message in the report she issued Dec. 31. READ MORE

By Norman Levinrad1/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Are you excited? The first BEAM conference will be a great opportunity to hear experts discuss profitability, engaging staff successfully, sales force development and learning the ins and outs of being a 3(16) fiduciary. READ MORE

By John Iekel12/29/2014 • 0 Comments

All disbursements from a retirement plan scheduled to be made at the same time are treated as a single distribution even if they are sent to multiple destinations, a new rule that becomes mandatory as 2015 dawns. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo12/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) signature piece of retirement legislation, the USA Retirement Funds Act, has found a champion to carry it into the next Congress.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/23/2014 • 0 Comments

With the New Year just around the corner, many of us will be considering New Year’s resolutions. Milliman has compiled a list of 10 ideas plan sponsors can adopt in order to improve their retirement plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Forced plan cash-outs into individual retirement accounts (IRAs) could leave billions to be poorly invested for the long-term, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/23/2014 • 0 Comments

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has announced the appointment of five new members to the 2015 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans — also known as the ERISA Advisory Council. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo12/23/2014 • 0 Comments

While finalizing many of the details of the MyRA program, Treasury and the Department of Labor (DOL) may have unearthed some serious new questions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Nearly half of Americans retire earlier than expected, yet retirees overwhelmingly report that they are enjoying themselves and discovering that pre-retirement fears of boredom, financial insecurity and lacking purpose are largely unfounded, according to a new study by MassMutual Retirement Services. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/22/2014 • 0 Comments

On Jan. 1, 2015, the American Retirement Association (ARA) will officially become the new parent entity of ASPPA, ACOPA, NAPA and NTSA. Because the ARA’s Code of Professional Conduct will apply to all of these four sister organizations, new disciplinary procedures have been proposed. READ MORE

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