Fiduciary Governance

Fiduciary Governance

By ASPPA Net Staff5/18/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has announced a brief extension of the comment period on its fiduciary reproposal — and has set a date for a public hearing. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Legislation introduced recently in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate would require retirement plans to include an “annuity equivalent” on participant statements. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/13/2015 • 0 Comments

Amending the Illinois constitution may be an answer to the state's pension problems, Gov. Bruce Rauner's (R) office has suggested. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/11/2015 • 0 Comments

David N. Levine and Pete Swisher in the recent ASPPA webcast, “The Conflict of Interest Proposal: How it Works and What it Means,” discussed what the Department of Labor’s recent fiduciary redefinition proposal means and portends. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/6/2015 • 0 Comments

The DOL’s ERISA Advisory Council is set to seek solutions to difficulties plan participants experience in understanding their choices in pension risk transfer transactions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/1/2015 • 0 Comments

The Financial Accounting Standards Board Emerging Issues Task Force has issued an FASB Exposure Draft containing proposed updates to accounting standards for defined benefit and defined contribution plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit alleging that a profit-sharing plan lost more than $4 million when fiduciaries engaged in self-dealing and conflicted transactions involving plan assets when they caused the plan to pay excessive fees. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Accounting Standards Update 2015-04, “Compensation — Retirement Benefits” (Topic 715) has updated its treatment of the measurement date of an employer’s defined benefit obligation and plan assets. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/30/2015 • 0 Comments

On May 5, an ASPPA webcast will bring you up to speed on the historical and political context of the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary proposal, the 2010 proposal and why it failed, and the details and implications of the 2015 proposal.
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By ASPPA Net Staff4/24/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor will not extend the 75-day comment period for its conflict-of-interest rule, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said April 23. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/16/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s long-awaited fiduciary reproposal claims to protect consumers from “conflicts of interest” in retirement advice — but at what cost? READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Industry insider and fiduciary geek Pete Swisher has penned a timely and insightful piece on the history and potential future impact of the Department of Labor’s new “conflict of interest” proposal.
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By ASPPA Net Staff4/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The Investment Company Institute says the Obama administration relied on "fatally flawed" research in supporting its push for an expansion of the “conflicted advice” rule released April 14. READ MORE

By John Iekel4/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Small defined benefit plans that have received audit waivers need more frequent review, says the Department of Labor’s Inspector General in a report concerning EBSA’s oversight of small plans claiming the audit waiver. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/1/2015 • 0 Comments

The Internal Revenue Service is moving to make it easier — and in some cases cheaper — to remedy plan problems with participant loans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/1/2015 • 0 Comments

A strengthening economy does not appear to have translated into fewer loans from solo 401(k)s. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/26/2015 • 0 Comments

The Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Labor are both working on fiduciary issues — but their different approaches appear to be on different schedules. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/20/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS on March 19 announced that it has extended temporary relief from nondiscrimination rules for certain closed defined benefit plans under Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a)(4) for another year. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/20/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS on March 19 in IR-2015-55 issued a reminder that April 1 is the deadline for RMDs from traditional IRAs and 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans to taxpayers who reached age 70½ in 2014. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/19/2015 • 0 Comments

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez used his first appearances before the 114th Congress to deliver a full-throated defense of the DOL’s controversial effort to expand the fiduciary standard of care to financial service providers under the jurisdiction of the department.

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