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 David Levine8/17/2016 • 0 Comments

Earlier this year it appeared that ERISA litigation was going “off the rails,” and in the past week, a whole new round of lawsuits involving academic institution 403(b) plans has hit the news. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/17/2016 • 0 Comments

Plan sponsors are often reluctant to take big steps in making plan changes — but a new participant survey finds that workers would welcome more aggressive defaults. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/16/2016 • 0 Comments

A new report finds that two factors appear to influence defined contribution plan participants’ loan activity. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/5/2016 • 0 Comments

In a recent article, Christopher Carosa offers some ideas on what retirement savers should not do when the market hits a valley. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/4/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent study argues that long-serving employees may pay a price if their employer opts to move from a DB plan to a DC plan. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/4/2016 • 0 Comments

There is qualified good news for retirement plans based on results concerning second quarter and July performance, according to two recent analyses. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/29/2016 • 0 Comments

Defined contribution plans have grown and proliferated, while the converse has been true for the defined benefit universe. But a recent paper argues that applying the principles of DB plan administration can benefit DC plans. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 7/21/2016 • 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe, but the Pension Protection Act of 2006 will be a decade old next month. And it’s probably done more good for the nation’s retirement security than most realize. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/19/2016 • 0 Comments

The expense ratios that 401(k) plan participants incur for investing in mutual funds have declined substantially since 2000, according to a report from the Investment Company Institute (ICI). READ MORE

By Nevin Adams7/13/2016 • 0 Comments

Yet another financial services provider finds itself accused of financial self-dealing in the operation of its 401(k) plan. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/13/2016 • 0 Comments

The Summer issue of Plan Consultant magazine is now available on ASPPA Net; it features a cover story on the rise of robo record keeping and addresses whether today’s tech-based start-ups are an opportunity or a threat to traditional players. READ MORE

By John Iekel7/7/2016 • 0 Comments

In a recent study, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that some aspects of employer-provided retirement benefits have grown in the last one to four years, while others have declined slightly and many have held steady. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/21/2016 • 0 Comments

With the official Atlantic hurricane season just begun, it's timely to remember the possibility of significant property losses and business disruption — and the need for hardship distributions. READ MORE

By Andrew Biggs6/17/2016 • 0 Comments

In a new report published by the American Enterprise Institute and supported by the Bradley Foundation, several experts look into how to reform America’s entitlement and welfare programs. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams6/17/2016 • 0 Comments

I’ve long enjoyed John Oliver’s take on the world. He has a gift for bringing humor to subjects that aren’t generally seen as funny, and in the process not only helps make complex topics more approachable, he gives voice to the frustration that millions surely feel at the world around us. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/17/2016 • 0 Comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently included a segment that was deeply critical of the financial services industry and specifically referenced the 401(k) plan that the show’s production company has with John Hancock. Here’s John Hancock’s response. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo6/14/2016 • 0 Comments

Last week, House Republicans released the first of six documents detailing their policy agenda, a portion of which included recommendations to “build retirement security through the private retirement system.” READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/7/2016 • 0 Comments

The head of one of the world’s largest asset managers is calling for a mandate of retirement savings. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams6/3/2016 • 0 Comments

I recently stumbled across another of those “DC plans are becoming like DB plans” articles — you know, the so-called “DB-ification” of 401(k)s? This is all supposed to be a good thing, of course, but is it? READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/12/2016 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the impact of low defined contribution plan savings rates, but the real problem may lie elsewhere. READ MORE

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