Industry Trends and Research

“Industry Trends and Research” covers significant research and trends impacting ASPPA members' practices.


 

 

Industry Trends and Research

Industry Trends and Research

By Nevin Adams9/23/2014 • 0 Comments

If you (or your plan sponsor clients) are looking for an easy-to-use guide to employee benefit plan reporting, the IRS has just the thing: a handy guide of reporting and disclosure requirements under ERISA.
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By Ray Harmon9/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Secure Annuities for Employee (SAFE) Retirement Act (S. 1270) last year to reform the public and private pension systems and, amid recent retirement reform hearings, his bill is now getting support from an otherwise unlikely place: the left-leaning Urban Institute.
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By Andrew Remo9/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Three key players in the formulation and design of the auto-IRA concept came together at a Sept. 17 policy forum in Washington, D.C. to offer perspective and an assessment of the road ahead.

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By ASPPA Net Staff9/18/2014 • 0 Comments

There’s still time to submit a paper for consideration for the Ed Burrows Award — the deadline for submissions has been extended to Oct. 8. The award, bestowed in honor of Ed Burrows’ contribution to the advancement of the general understanding of pension knowledge, is an annual honorary payment of $2,000 for the best paper submitted on a topic selected by the Ed Burrows Award Committee. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams9/18/2014 • 0 Comments

Much is said and written about the demise of DB plans, but a recent House subcommittee hearing was focused on ways to help sustain the programs still in place. The hearing — held Sept. 17 by the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways & Means — was largely devoted to talking about nondiscrimination testing issues impacting plans that had been “soft” frozen (i.e., closed to new hires) and the funding and structural challenges confronting multiemployer plans.
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By Nevin Adams9/17/2014 • 0 Comments

Apparently the ghost of Mitt Romney’s IRA continues to haunt Capitol Hill — and, if the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has his way, retirement savings will be on the tax reform agenda. On Sept. 16, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) kicked off the “Retirement 2.0: Updating Savings Policy for the Modern Economy” hearing on Capitol Hill by focusing on the issue of so-called “mega” IRAs.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/17/2014 • 0 Comments

The ASPPA Annual Business Meeting will be held during the 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3:00 p.m.

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By John Iekel9/16/2014 • 0 Comments

Washington has been training its eye on fees and transparency for years now. But so is the industry; the North American Securities Administrators Association is the latest organization to convene a group trying to make sure broker-dealers are giving investors fee disclosures they can understand. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman9/15/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA has recommended in a comment letter to the IRS that it make the administrative relief Revenue Procedure 2014-32 provides for filers of delinquent Forms 5500-EZ permanent and that it more closely reflect the relief available through the Department of Labor’s delinquent filer voluntary compliance program. READ MORE

By John Iekel9/15/2014 • 0 Comments

Notice 2014-53, the recent guidance from the IRS on pension funding stabilization under the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, contains a provision that is in accordance with a request by the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries.
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By Ray Harmon9/12/2014 • 0 Comments

At a recent event commemorating ERISA’s 40th anniversary, Phyllis C. Borzi, Assistant Secretary of the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), did not directly address her agency’s forthcoming proposed change to the definition of a fiduciary. But then, she didn’t have to.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/11/2014 • 0 Comments

Roth IRAs grew at more than double the rate of traditional IRAs among a consistent set of IRA owners over the three-year period from 2010-2012, according to an analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/11/2014 • 0 Comments

Participant transfer volumes remained in the summer doldrums in August, according to the Aon Hewitt 401(k) Index. When trading occurred, plan participants favored fixed income funds over equity funds for 65% of the trading days, a turnabout from trends in the prior month. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams9/11/2014 • 0 Comments

When it rains, it pours — in a single week we have had two announcements of congressional hearings on retirement plan issues slated for next week.
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By John Iekel9/10/2014 • 0 Comments

The Garden State is the latest state whose credit rating has suffered due to a pension funding shortfall. Credit agencies have downgraded their ratings of New Jersey debt due to the state’s worsening pension funding ratio.
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By Lauren Bloom9/10/2014 • 0 Comments

While the World Wide Web is now nearly 20 years old, the globe-spanning, virtual reality of our digital age offers unprecedented opportunities to learn, connect, educate, and advertise. It also presents a multitude of ethical pitfalls and challenges with which previous generations never had to contend.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/10/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA and PenChecks have partnered to offer four scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing ASPPA’s Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) credential. The scholarship application deadline is Sept. 30. READ MORE

By John Iekel9/8/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS has released a draft of the Form 5500-EZ to be used for 2014 reporting. The draft is only for information purposes — it cannot be filed. Nonetheless, the draft provides an advance look at what the version to be used for filing probably will contain and require.
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By John Iekel9/8/2014 • 0 Comments

In the last 15 years, there has been a wide redistribution of corporate resources regarding retirement benefits, and that includes a sharp shift from offering defined benefit plans. That reorientation, which in many cases is from DB plans to defined contribution plans, carries opportunities but also risks for employers as well as employees, a new report by Towers Watson indicates.

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By Nevin Adams9/5/2014 • 0 Comments

A new report from the Federal Reserve finds that while retirement plan participation remained relatively flat over the past three years, the median and average value of those retirement plan accounts rose “substantially.” The report also noted that ownership of those accounts slipped below 50% in 2013, though participation levels rebounded slightly for upper-middle income families. READ MORE

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