Practice Management

Practice Management

Practice Management

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

By John Iekel7/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Growing professionally, making new connections and strengthening existing ones, exchanging ideas on actions you can take to build your business — there’s never a bad time for any of these. But the start of a new year is an especially good time, and ASPPA will be offering an ideal opportunity in the first-ever Business Executives and Managers Conference, to be held in Houston on Jan. 26-27, 2015 at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel. READ MORE

By John Iekel7/2/2014 • 0 Comments

The Treasury Department issued a rule July 1 that essentially allows employees to convert part of their IRA or 401(k) balances into a longevity annuity. Under the rule, an IRA or 401(k) can allow participants to use $125,000 or up to 25 percent of their IRA or 401(k) — whichever is less — to buy a longevity annuity. The dollar limit will be adjusted for inflation in $10,000 increments.  READ MORE

By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

It will be a good deal more congenial than testifying before the Treasury Department — but just as informative. Maybe moreso! Robert M. Kaplan, who has more than 30 years’ worth of experience and is the recipient of the Pension Administrator’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Institute of Pension Administrators and has indeed testified at Treasury, will share his expertise on working with safe harbor 401(k)s in a July 17 webcast. READ MORE

By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

Early withdrawals — loans taken against plan balances, hardship withdrawals and retirement account payouts when changing jobs — can provide participants quick infusions of cash that help meet pressing needs. But these forms of “leakage” can come at the expense of their future retirement security. A new analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) provides empirical data on the full impact of leakage on 401(k) balances.  READ MORE

By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

Proposed increases in Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation premiums are a fool’s errand at best, says a report prepared for the American Benefits Council (ABC). “Further PBGC Premium Increases Pose Greatest Threat to Pension System,” a report Quantria Strategies, LLC prepared for the ABC, warns that it would it be more than pointless to raise PBGC premiums — it would be counterproductive. 
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By John Iekel6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

At their current savings rate, many Americans will have tough choices to make as they age. Not only that, but a low savings rate has broader serious implications for the U.S. economy and its solvency. “Another Penny Saved: The Benefits of Higher U.S. Household Saving,” a paper by Oxford Economics, paints a sobering picture of the current savings rate and its consequences for retirement. But it also offers some suggestions regarding how to address and maybe even reverse it, and what could result from that. READ MORE

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