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Business Systems

Business Systems

By Nevin Adams1/5/2016 • 0 Comments

It is something of a tradition this time of year to look back, to reminiscence about past events and lessons learned, and sometimes to look ahead. Here are some insights that should help lay the groundwork for a productive and prosperous 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/30/2015 • 0 Comments

In 2016, be ready for more of the same regarding attention to fees charged plan sponsors and participants says Susan Mangiero in her blog, Pension Risk Matters. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/30/2015 • 0 Comments

In an article that appeared in the Fall 2015 Plan Consultant, Lauren Bloom discusses the importance of codes of conduct and whether a professional who does something disgraceful but that isn’t directly related to the professional’s practice should be disciplined by their profession. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Every plan, and every investment committee, is unique — and yet, conducted properly, there are inevitably areas of commonality. Here are some questions that could enhance the discussion, if not the outcome, of your next meeting.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Chief Actuary has issued updated disability and death probability tables based on the intermediate assumptions of the 2015 Trustees Report. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

The court in Tussey v. ABB Inc. No. 2:06-cv-04305 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 9, 2015) has awarded attorney fees roughly equal to the total damages assessed in the excessive fee case — but it won’t come close to covering their costs. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/18/2015 • 0 Comments

With potential clients one has a brief chance to make a pitch, capture attention and attract a client’s loyalty — and then one has to retain it. “Elevator Pitches — and Retaining a Client’s Loyalty,” an article that appeared in the Fall 2015 edition of Plan Consultant, discusses how this can make a real difference for a practice. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/18/2015 • 0 Comments

A diverse group of retirement industry experts has weighed in on what the world of 2019 could look like — and while their view was relatively optimistic, in some respects it wasn’t as much change as you might think. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/18/2015 • 0 Comments

This is the time that many are forming their end-of-year lists. Accordingly, the lawyers at Snell & Wilmer have prepared a “to do” list for executive compensation plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/17/2015 • 0 Comments

Among the strongest trends of the outgoing year: growth in employee engagement in their financial wellness, use of annuities and offerings of QLACs, say two recently released studies, and next year may bring more of the same. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/14/2015 • 0 Comments

It’s the time of year when Santa — and those who work with defined benefit plans — are making their end-of-year lists — and checking them twice; to that end, the lawyers at Snell & Wilmer have prepared the following end-of-year “to do” list for DB plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/14/2015 • 0 Comments

In a bit of a different take on the time-honored tradition of end-of-the-year lists, Chris Carosa in Fiduciary News offers some ideas regarding ways to educate employees and encourage them to do something about their financial readiness for retirement.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/14/2015 • 0 Comments

To reach students, prepare materials that will encourage them to choose to want to learn; in “Focus on Teaching First, Then Finance,” an article in the Fall 2015 edition of Plan Consultant, Brian Kallback outlines how one can do that. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Risk transfer events (RTEs) affected more than one million pension plan participants during the period 2009-2013, reports the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). In “Risk Transfer Study: Plan Years: 2009-2013.” READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Shopping for a new provider is not something one would normally compare with a Black Friday foray, but if you have a plan sponsor — or plan sponsor prospect — who’s thinking about shopping for a new provider, here’s a list they may find useful. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/7/2015 • 0 Comments

There are a lot of questions that plan fiduciaries should ask, but here are five W’s and an H that every new plan fiduciary — or every “old” fiduciary who is new to a plan — should ask. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Adam S. Lilling in “The Hidden Risks of Employee Benefit Plan Audits,” argues that there is more to beware of than simply giving in to the temptation to roll the dice and not bother with an audit.
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By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

The Obama Administration recently unveiled its myRA program, a federal effort to encourage retirement savings and provide an easy, low-impact way for those who do not participate in a retirement plan to set something aside; Chris Carosa discusses arguments pro and con. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

Plan fiduciaries should be careful when they choose, and retain, auditors; Morgan Lewis partner R. Randall Tracht and associate Elizabeth S. Goldberg discuss the DOL effort to provide information about plan audits and advising care in selecting auditors. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

In “Ethics 2015: Circular 230, Professionalism and Case Studies,” William C. Grossman will provide an overview of Circular 230, as well as a discussion of professionalism in the electronic workplace of 2015. READ MORE

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