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 Staff2/5/2015 • 0 Comments

U.S. company-provided pension plans got mixed news from BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group concerning how they fared in January 2015. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/5/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS cautions that entering incorrect information — or in some cases, leaving a field blank — on the Form 5500 increases the likelihood of being targeted for a compliance check.
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By ASPPA Net Staff2/5/2015 • 0 Comments

A new survey finds that 76% of Baby Boomers who retired within the past five years felt “in control” of their decision to retire.

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By ASPPA Net Staff2/4/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has placed 150 multi-employer pension funds in critical status, and another 85 on the list of plans it calls endangered.

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By Andrew Remo2/4/2015 • 0 Comments

President Obama’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2016 contains proposals that would change the tax treatment of IRAs and qualified retirement plans.

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By ASPPA Net Staff2/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Deferral and savings rates in 401(k) plans improved at a stronger rate than expected in 2014, recent studies reveal.
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By Nevin Adams1/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The 114th Congress has gotten off to a quick start with retirement legislation.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Remember the importance of 401(k) plan committees, which can exercise their fiduciary responsibility through meetings and quarterly reviews. READ MORE

By John Iekel1/26/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) was not arbitrary and capricious when it concluded that Kentucky Bancshares was obliged to comply with the Pension Protection Act and ERISA when it terminated its retirement plan and trust, the 6th Circuit has ruled.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/21/2015 • 0 Comments

Implementation and appreciation of the value of automatic enrollment is increasingly widespread among employers. Several recent studies have found that more employers are using it, although one points out that enthusiasm about auto features is not universal.
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By Andrew Remo1/16/2015 • 0 Comments

With President Obama poised to deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, a powerful coalition of retirement, union and so-called consumer protection groups has again interjected itself into the debate over retirement plans.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Funding levels of pension plans sponsored by the S&P 1500 fell by 9 percentage points in 2014, from 88% to 79%. According to Mercer, the plans’ collective deficits more than doubled last year, reaching $504 billion at year-end.
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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 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 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 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 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 Staff12/22/2014 • 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

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