Practice Management

Practice Management

Practice Management includes the ways that advisors can profitably and successfully run their businesses from practical topics like business systems, advisor fees and client services to professional development and growth strategies. Also covered are overall industry trends, ethics and compliance, as well the various service providers and vendors that advisors need to partner with in order to build, grow and manage their practices.

By ASPPA Net Staff10/22/2015 • 0 Comments

Here’s a recap of our coverage of sessions and speakers from the 2015 ASPPA Annual Conference: READ MORE

By John Iekel10/22/2015 • 0 Comments

t’s all about service. That was the core message of an Oct. 20 session at the 2015 ASPPA Annual Conference in which Norman Levinrad, President and Chief Actuary of Summit Benefit and Actuarial Services, offered practical tips and insights for managing client relationships and expectations. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/21/2015 • 0 Comments

As expected, most of the compensation limits for 2016 are unchanged, because the increase in the cost-of-living index did not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment — but there were some increases in the rates the IRS released on Oct. 21. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/16/2015 • 0 Comments

A strong majority of Millennials number understanding retirement planning options among their biggest challenges, according to a recently released study.

By ASPPA Net Staff10/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The recent rough patch corporate pensions have had may have broader implications. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/13/2015 • 0 Comments

In general, women need to do more to save for retirement, according to a recent study that attributes this finding to demographic and salary factors. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Treasury have taken steps that curb lump sum pension buyout offers by pension plans to those receiving ongoing payments; in a recent post on his “Nerd’s Eye View” blog, Michael Kitces offers his take on what these actions mean. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Recent reports indicate that both private and public plans’ funded status declined in September. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/9/2015 • 0 Comments

There is a widespread sense among Millennials that it’s important to save for retirement, according to a recent report. READ MORE

By Larry Starr10/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Is "third party administrator" an accurate moniker for a pension professional? Larry Starr argues that it is not, and offers a suggestion regarding a better alternative. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Three former chairs of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said at a TD Ameritrade summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 6 that they want the agency they ran to join the effort to set a fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have taken steps to curb questionable practices concerning pension advance transactions, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a report it recently issued. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/6/2015 • 0 Comments

New legislation introduced in the Senate claims to shore up retirement security for women — but it’s got implications for plan design and administration. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/5/2015 • 0 Comments

In “The Right Way to Sell a Cash Balance Plan,” a column by Max Wyman that appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Plan Consultant, he discusses what cash balance plans are and how they operate. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/5/2015 • 0 Comments

One of the important sources of retirement income, Social Security, is seriously misunderstood. Ellie Lowder discusses the importance of Social Security and of projecting its role in funding retirement. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/2/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS on Oct. 1 issued the instructions for filing the Form 5500-EZ, Annual Return of One-Participant (Owners and Their Spouses) Retirement Plan, for 2015. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/2/2015 • 0 Comments

In “Using the Power of Coverage Testing for Creative Plan Design,” a webcast that will be held from 2:00-3:40 p.m. ET on Oct. 7, Kevin J. Donovan will explore the creative opportunities the coverage testing rules provide for meeting clients’ objectives. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Strong majorities of defined benefit investment managers plan to allocate assets to passive funds, global equity funds, real estate, infrastructure and low-variance equities in the next three years, according to a recent report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has expressed concerns about conflicts of interest in a study critical of the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal — and that has forced the resignation of one of its authors. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Millennials are living longer, and many will have to finance retirements that are actually longer than their working careers. Here are five things they should know about saving for retirement.

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