Defined Contribution Plans

This broadly defined station houses posts about topics that encompass all types of employer-provided defined contribution plans — not just 401(k)s. These include plans in other countries, etc.




Defined Contribution Plans

Defined Contribution Plans

By ASPPA Net Staff1/3/2017 • 0 Comments

Most 401(k) plans offered investment menus that included options proprietary to the plan’s recordkeeper, but proprietary investments accounted for a smaller share of total 401(k) assets, according to a recent study. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/28/2016 • 0 Comments

Resolutions are a traditional part of the new year, and recent suggestions from several financial management and consulting firms highlight some steps that plan sponsors can take in 2017. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/21/2016 • 0 Comments

One certainly could argue that many Americans act as though at retirement some kind of benevolent elf will drop down their chimney with a bag full of cold cash from the North Pole. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/20/2016 • 0 Comments

Defined contribution plans may be more prolific than other retirement plans, but they are nowhere near universal — at least according to a recent report by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/19/2016 • 0 Comments

While the markets were volatile before and after the November elections, consistent 401(k) participants saw solid growth in their portfolios last month. READ MORE

By John Iekel12/16/2016 • 0 Comments

In the Nov. 15 ASPPA webcast, “What the Election Means to the Retirement Industry,” Brian Graff, CEO of the American Retirement Association and Executive Director of ASPPA, offered his insights on what the industry can expect in the wake of the Nov. 8 elections. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/14/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS on Dec. 13 in Notice 2016-80 released the 2016 required amendments list for individually designed qualified retirement plans.

By ASPPA Net Staff12/13/2016 • 0 Comments

Published reports indicate that the U.S. Senate is looking to pass a comprehensive tax overhaul next year using the budget reconciliation process. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/7/2016 • 0 Comments

It’s conventional wisdom that DC plans are supplanting DB plans, but a presentation at a recent policy forum demonstrated that not everyone is content to simply accept that is just how it is and all there is. READ MORE

By John Iekel12/5/2016 • 0 Comments

Automatic enrollment can be an effective, low-impact way to increase participation in retirement plans and boosting retirement readiness, but there is a body of research that suggests automatic enrollment may not be a panacea. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 12/2/2016 • 0 Comments

As expected, President-Elect Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary has thrown down the gauntlet on tax reform — and that’s not likely to be good news for retirement plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/2/2016 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association Government Affairs Committee on Dec. 2 made recommendations to the IRS on the documentation needed to substantiate a hardship distribution or participant loan. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/1/2016 • 0 Comments

Legislation that would amend the nondiscrimination rules applicable to retirement plans to protect older and long-serving participants whose employers have closed or frozen their pension plans is now before Congress.


By John Iekel11/28/2016 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has suggested additions to Congress’ and the Treasury Department’s “to do” lists that it believes will boost retirement savings. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/22/2016 • 0 Comments

ASPPA is always providing information and insights that will be valuable to its members! Following is a summary of upcoming webcasts and events. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/18/2016 • 0 Comments

Investment performance turns out to be both the biggest driver of participant satisfaction — and one of the biggest barriers to that satisfaction; but it’s not the biggest barrier. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/17/2016 • 0 Comments

October has long been known as the worst month for U.S. stock performance — but, with apologies to Charlie Brown, this year the average 401(k) balance got a rock for trick-or-treat. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/17/2016 • 0 Comments

October turned out to be a pretty rough month for stocks — so how did 401(k) participants respond? READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/11/2016 • 0 Comments

What did 401(k) participants do in the first half of 2016 that they didn’t do in 2015? Not much, according to the Investment Company Institute’s latest study of retirement plan savers’ actions. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/2/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation released the advance copies of the 2016 Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF on Nov. 1. READ MORE

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