This is where you’ll find our coverage and commentary on legislative proposals pending in Congress, along with regulatory issues that affect actuaries and the retirement industry as a whole.




By ASPPA Net Staff1/26/2017 • 0 Comments

Sure, you’ve spent a year getting ready for the fiduciary rule — but are you ready for the topic du jour in the nation’s capital, tax reform? READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 1/26/2017 • 0 Comments

A not-so-complex financial calculus underpins a delicate balance for small business owners considering offering a retirement plan — and Congress could be getting ready to screw that up. READ MORE

By John Iekel1/25/2017 • 0 Comments

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) says that Congress is “seeking ideas” on how to increase saving, including retirement saving. READ MORE

By John Iekel1/12/2017 • 0 Comments

Donald Trump's presidential election victory and the success of Republicans in holding the House and Senate put the immediate future of the DOL’s fiduciary rule in some doubt; a recent analysis explores its prospects. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/11/2017 • 0 Comments

New legislation would push back — way back — implementation of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 1/10/2017 • 0 Comments

House Ways & Means Committee Republicans have broken into tax reform working groups — and retirement is on the “menu.” READ MORE

By John Iekel1/4/2017 • 0 Comments

In the second of a two-part series, several experts tell us that MEPs, state plans and financial education are areas in 2017 in which the exuberance of the start of a new year will be especially pronounced.


By ASPPA Net Staff12/28/2016 • 0 Comments

A new law now allows small employers to provide a stand-alone employer-paid health reimbursement account (HRA) plan to employees without incurring a tax penalty. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2016 • 0 Comments

Recent tax reform discussions have focused on tax cuts that largely would benefit higher income workers, possibly at the expense of current 401(k) tax preferences. READ MORE

By John Iekel12/19/2016 • 0 Comments

In the first of a two-part series in which experts share their expectations for the coming year regarding retirement plans, they discuss the DOL's fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By John Iekel12/16/2016 • 0 Comments

In the Nov. 15 ASPPA webcast, “What the Election Means to the Retirement Industry,” Brian Graff, CEO of the American Retirement Association and Executive Director of ASPPA, offered his insights on what the industry can expect in the wake of the Nov. 8 elections. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/13/2016 • 0 Comments

Published reports indicate that the U.S. Senate is looking to pass a comprehensive tax overhaul next year using the budget reconciliation process. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 12/2/2016 • 0 Comments

As expected, President-Elect Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary has thrown down the gauntlet on tax reform — and that’s not likely to be good news for retirement plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/1/2016 • 0 Comments

Legislation that would amend the nondiscrimination rules applicable to retirement plans to protect older and long-serving participants whose employers have closed or frozen their pension plans is now before Congress.


By John Iekel11/18/2016 • 0 Comments

The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, which would amend the Internal Revenue Code to encourage retirement savings, was placed on the Senate’s legislative calendar by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Nov. 16. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/10/2016 • 0 Comments

Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump’s stunning victory, the Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee was talking tax reform — and that could be ominous for retirement savings. READ MORE

By Brian Graff10/28/2016 • 0 Comments

The 2016 general election is upon us, a knock-down, drag-out fight between two intensely polarizing figures — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump — vying for votes among an increasingly polarized electorate. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/24/2016 • 0 Comments

What’s the retirement plan industry’s biggest concern in the coming election? ASPPA Executive Director Brian Graff addressed the issue in the opening session of ASPPA’s 2016 Annual Conference at National Harbor, Md. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/4/2016 • 0 Comments

The Fall 2016 issue of Plan Consultant is now online; it focuses on the most important matters facing the industry and offers insights from regular contributors. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/30/2016 • 0 Comments

Another state-run retirement program for the private sector is now on the books. READ MORE

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