Fiduciary Governance

Fiduciary Governance

By John Iekel10/23/2015 • 0 Comments

In an Oct. 21 session at the ASPPA Annual Conference, James E. Holland discussed the trees in the thick forest of rules concerning defined benefit lump sum issues. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/22/2015 • 0 Comments

Here’s a recap of our coverage of sessions and speakers from the 2015 ASPPA Annual Conference: READ MORE

By John Iekel10/22/2015 • 0 Comments

t’s all about service. That was the core message of an Oct. 20 session at the 2015 ASPPA Annual Conference in which Norman Levinrad, President and Chief Actuary of Summit Benefit and Actuarial Services, offered practical tips and insights for managing client relationships and expectations. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The recent rough patch corporate pensions have had may have broader implications. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/13/2015 • 0 Comments

W. Thomas Reeder, Jr., is the new Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Director; President Obama had sent his nomination of Reeder to the Senate on May 21, and the Senate in a voice vote confirmed him Oct. 8. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Treasury have taken steps that curb lump sum pension buyout offers by pension plans to those receiving ongoing payments; in a recent post on his “Nerd’s Eye View” blog, Michael Kitces offers his take on what these actions mean. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Recent reports indicate that both private and public plans’ funded status declined in September. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Three former chairs of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said at a TD Ameritrade summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 6 that they want the agency they ran to join the effort to set a fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have taken steps to curb questionable practices concerning pension advance transactions, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a report it recently issued. READ MORE

By John Ortman10/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Economist Robert Litan has responded on Forbes.com to accusations of conflicts of interest leveled the last week of September by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that cost him his position at the Brookings Institution. READ MORE

By Alisa Wolking10/6/2015 • 0 Comments

As the Department of Labor (DOL) finalizes new fiduciary regulations, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are considering new legislation to address their concerns with DOL’s proposal. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/6/2015 • 0 Comments

New legislation introduced in the Senate claims to shore up retirement security for women — but it’s got implications for plan design and administration. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Strong majorities of defined benefit investment managers plan to allocate assets to passive funds, global equity funds, real estate, infrastructure and low-variance equities in the next three years, according to a recent report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has expressed concerns about conflicts of interest in a study critical of the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal — and that has forced the resignation of one of its authors. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/1/2015 • 0 Comments

The House Financial Services has given a nod to a bill that would delay the Department of Labor from implementing the proposed fiduciary rule. H.R. 1090, the Retail Investor Protection Act, passed the committee in a 34-25 vote on Sept. 30. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/30/2015 • 0 Comments

ERISA does not preempt the application of all federal laws and regulations to retirement plans — and that includes website privacy standards set by the Federal Trade Commission. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/30/2015 • 0 Comments

In the latest issue of Employee Plans News, the IRS provides comprehensive access to information concerning forms, correcting mistakes, plans and more that have been updated since the last issue of the newsletter.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in its Fall 2015 Retirement Recap newsletter features information on what to do about unclaimed pensions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/28/2015 • 0 Comments

In “How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?,” a column that appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Plan Consultant, David J. Witz argues that the statute of limitations under ERISA Section 413 provides a way to establish a documented process that a retirement plan committee can use to defend their decisions and mitigate the risk of litigation over claims for excessive fees. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams9/24/2015 • 0 Comments

When it comes to workplace retirement plans, there are three kinds of people: those who are ERISA fiduciaries and know it, people who aren’t ERISA fiduciaries and know it, and people who are ERISA fiduciaries and don’t know it. READ MORE

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