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 Andrew Remo9/2/2014 • 0 Comments

Its authors may not have led with that title, but a recent paper calls for wholesale changes to the way Americans currently save for retirement, including suspending all defined contribution savings arrangements. One is inclined to give the authors credit for coming up with a new alternative, but the reality is that their proposal is a cobbled-together mish-mash of ideas that have been tried before. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Eastman Kodak, one of New York State’s major employers, has changed its retirement plan in a rather unorthodox way. Kodak still offers both a defined contribution plan and a defined benefit plan, but has enhanced its DB plan while making its DC plan less attractive, Business Insurance reports. The changes go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and affect current employees but not retirees. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

What happens to executive retirement benefits when employers close or freeze their defined benefit pension plans? What if that plan is a hybrid/cash balance? And what does that mean for advisors? Towers Watson recently conducted an analysis of how Fortune 200 companies in 2013 transitioned executives after changing their underlying broad-based retirement programs to find the answers. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

This summer, for the first time in more than 20 years, Hawaii was hit by a named tropical system. ays later, a second churned offshore. Hurricane Arthur splashed through North Carolina’s Outer Banks just before July 4. And the height of the Atlantic hurricane season is about to arrive. This portends the possibility of significant property losses, business disruption and the need for hardship distributions from 401(k)s. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

It is routinely reported that “10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every day”, and yet surveys continue to indicate that Americans plan to postpone retirement.   READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

A new academic paper, unveiled at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Retirement Research Consortium held Aug. 7-8, concludes that the net benefits of Social Security combined with the tax benefits for retirement savings are larger as a share of income for lower-earning workers than for higher-earning workers. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

The DOL’s ERISA Advisory Council wrapped up a three-day series of public meetings Aug. 21 with a focus on lifetime plan participation. The Council’s final session honed in on whether and how communications and specific plan design features may be used to enhance participants’ decisionmaking. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

With the official report not due until September, a draft report released by the Oregon legislature's Task Force on Oregon Retirement Savings offers a blueprint of a proposed new mandatory auto-IRA program for the state. 

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By ASPPA Net Staff8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

According to recent reports, a sizable portion of U.S. adults say they are not financially ready to retire — but mitigating that sobering news at least somewhat is that many know it. And those reports offer some suggestions for how to increase that readiness.

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By Ray Harmon8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

This week the ERISA Advisory Council turned its attention to the issue of outsourcing employee benefit plan services and how that might impact and influence fiduciary responsibilities, and touched on how an accreditation program could help fiduciaries make more informed outsourcing choices. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Seen those reports that Gen Xer retirements are looking to be even more bleak than that of Baby Boomers? Well, you might want to take another look. A new report from EBRI calls out two of those reports for ignoring some pretty basic assumptions in their analyses.

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By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

The SEC on Aug. 11 announced securities fraud charges against the state of Kansas, claiming that the state failed to disclose that the state’s pension system was significantly underfunded, and that the unfunded pension liability created a repayment risk for investors in those bonds.


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By John Iekel8/8/2014 • 0 Comments

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition — or, rather, an IRS or Department of Labor (DOL) audit. And yet, it can’t hurt to be ready for one. Of course, the best way to be ready is to comply with the law and regulations and follow best practices. But there are practical steps one can take to be ready as well, just in case — and the Millennium Trust Company suggests some in its recent webinar, “Preparing for and Surviving a Plan Audit.” READ MORE

By John Ortman8/4/2014 • 0 Comments

So this year’s estimate of when the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) trust fund will run out of money is 2033, the Social Security trustees reported July 28 — roughly the same as last year’s estimate. There’s just one problem: There is no such thing as an OASDI trust fund.
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By John Iekel8/1/2014 • 0 Comments

Offering participants too many options can discourage enrollment. But what’s the “sweet spot” in terms of the optimal number of enrollment options? A test by Fidelity found that 78% of participants preferred a three-part enrollment option — and that those who chose that option contributed more.  READ MORE

By John Iekel7/24/2014 • 0 Comments

This year’s ASPPA Annual Conference features a new opportunity for business leaders to network, discuss best practices and meet with peers. We’ve just added a reception for business leaders to the conference program, providing an event at which you can interact with others who share your interests and concerns. The reception will be sponsored by PensionPro Software, LLC.
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By John Iekel7/17/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA will kick off the new year with its first-ever Business Executives and Managers Conference, to be held in the Lone Star State on Jan. 26-27 at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel. It will offer great opportunities to establish new connections and strengthen those you already have, exchange ideas, and grow professionally.  READ MORE

By John Iekel7/15/2014 • 0 Comments

Millennials’ embrace of savings is robust, says a report the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies issued on July 15. The report says that employees born between 1979 and 1996 have a strong interest in saving and preparing for retirement.  READ MORE

By Judy Miller7/11/2014 • 0 Comments

On Thursday, July 10, both the House Ways and Means (W&M) and the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) marked up bills to extend funding for the highway trust fund. Both bills include extension of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) interest stabilization provision to provide part of the necessary funding.  READ MORE

By John Iekel7/9/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has announced that its ERISA Advisory Council will be examining issues and considerations related to facilitating lifetime retirement plan participation. In explaining its rationale for doing so, it cites the recent movement of participant assets out of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, and into retirement accounts not covered by ERISA — such as IRAs or other savings accounts — or as plan distributions.  READ MORE

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