Fiduciary Governance

Fiduciary Governance

By ASPPA Net Staff1/4/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS on Jan. 4 said it will issue guidance on revisions to the employee plans determination letter program regarding Cycle A elections, determination letter expiration dates, and extension of deadlines for certain defined contribution pre-approved plans. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Every plan, and every investment committee, is unique — and yet, conducted properly, there are inevitably areas of commonality. Here are some questions that could enhance the discussion, if not the outcome, of your next meeting.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Chief Actuary has issued updated disability and death probability tables based on the intermediate assumptions of the 2015 Trustees Report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

“A Key Beneficiary Provision in PPA Plan Documents,” an article that appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Plan Consultant, concerns changes in plan documents have have made them much more complicated and sophisticated. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

The departing year was a challenging one for many defined benefit plans, so Mercer outlines key investment issues they can focus on in 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week introduced legislation that they say will “ensure retirement advisors serve their clients’ best interests and preserve access to quality financial planning” and would also require Congress' approval of the final fiduciary rule from the Labor Department. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/18/2015 • 0 Comments

With potential clients one has a brief chance to make a pitch, capture attention and attract a client’s loyalty — and then one has to retain it. “Elevator Pitches — and Retaining a Client’s Loyalty,” an article that appeared in the Fall 2015 edition of Plan Consultant, discusses how this can make a real difference for a practice. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/11/2015 • 0 Comments

The House and Senate have passed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government funded through Dec. 16; whether budget legislation ultimately will include provisions affecting the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule remains uncertain.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Some may consider it a bundle of coal, and others a vision of sugarplums, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers now says that their legislative proposal to ensure retirement advisors protect clients’ best interests could be introduced before the holiday break. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Shopping for a new provider is not something one would normally compare with a Black Friday foray, but if you have a plan sponsor — or plan sponsor prospect — who’s thinking about shopping for a new provider, here’s a list they may find useful. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/9/2015 • 0 Comments

For those thinking the impetus behind the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal might fade with a change in administrations, think again. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The federal budget bill being negotiated on Capitol Hill this week could become the battleship that eventually sinks the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/7/2015 • 0 Comments

The team of Portman and Cardin have put their heads, and pens, together in a letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez about the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/7/2015 • 0 Comments

There are a lot of questions that plan fiduciaries should ask, but here are five W’s and an H that every new plan fiduciary — or every “old” fiduciary who is new to a plan — should ask. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/3/2015 • 0 Comments

A congressional subcommittee hearing Dec. 2 gave voice to the conflicting perspectives on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary proposal, though it seems unlikely that anyone’s perspective was changed. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The PBGC has amended its regulation on allocation of assets in single-employer plans by substituting a new table for determining expected retirement ages for participants in pension plans that are distressed or are being involuntarily terminated and that have valuation dates falling in 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has established a date for notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for issuance of the Personalized Investment Advice Standard of Conduct. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/23/2015 • 0 Comments

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a comprehensive list of regulatory projects the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is undertaking. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/20/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has criticized an effort by a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives to address concerns about its proposed fiduciary rule, with a DOL spokesman calling the initiative “puzzling and disappointing. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/19/2015 • 0 Comments

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White on Nov. 18 faced some tough questions from members of the House Financial Services Committee from both parties concerning her agency’s work on setting a uniform fiduciary standard of conduct. READ MORE

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