Retirement Income

We’re seeing greater emphasis on new ways to provide plan participants with retirement income options, driven primarily by policymakers at the Department of Labor and greater demand among plan sponsors. Here you’ll find coverage of news and developments in Washington, as well as new products and plan design changes like stream of payment options as alternatives to lump sum distributions.


By Ted Godbout6/20/2018 • 0 Comments

Times have been good lately for investors, with proof not only in strong market returns but also solid investor returns, according to Morningstar’s 2018 “Mind the Gap” study. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 6/18/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent group conversation on retirement and the future of prosperity that included academics, think tanks, advocacy groups and the Hill touched on a wide range of topics. READ MORE

By John Iekel 6/18/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent column examines the centrality of employers’ role in providing retirement benefits — and the areas where there are shortcomings. READ MORE

By John Iekel 6/15/2018 • 0 Comments

The Oregon Retirement Savings Board has provided an update on recent activities, implementation and future steps concerning the OregonSaves state-sponsored savings program for private sector employees. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout6/15/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent survey reveals concern about plan participants’ longevity risk and their ability to achieve higher retirement account balances over the long term. READ MORE

By John Iekel 6/13/2018 • 0 Comments

There were mixed results for DB and DC plans in the first quarter of 2018, the Federal Reserve reports. In short: assets grew, but so did liabilities. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams6/11/2018 • 0 Comments

Another provider has been sued by an employee-participant in its own 401(k) plan, not just for its inclusion of proprietary funds, but the type and number of options on its menu — and its target-date strategy. READ MORE

By John Iekel 6/11/2018 • 0 Comments

The IRS determination letter program and what to do about missing participants were among the topics the Employee Plans Subgroup of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities addressed in the general report it issued on June 7. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout6/11/2018 • 0 Comments

A new report forecasts how the innovations brought on by the Pension Protection Act will continue to evolve, foreseeing a DC industry that takes on some of the traditional features of the DB industry. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 6/10/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent article cites data presented at the recent EBRI Policy Forum and claims that “employees who are automatically enrolled in their workplace savings plans save less than those who sign up on their own initiative.” READ MORE

By John Iekel 6/6/2018 • 0 Comments

The Oregon State Treasury is delaying the implementation of a new state law that allows members of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System to exercise some choice in how their plan funds are invested. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/6/2018 • 0 Comments

In spite of continued volatility, April’s “showers” produced some May flowers for average 401(k) balances. READ MORE

By John Iekel 6/1/2018 • 0 Comments

Financial readiness for retirement improved in 2017, but there still is room for improvement, say recently released studies.
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By Ted Godbout6/1/2018 • 0 Comments

The evidence seems clear that having a written financial plan helps people stay on track and reach their financial goals, yet only one in four Americans has a plan, according to new research. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams6/1/2018 • 0 Comments

You have to wonder what the Wall Street Journal has against automatic enrollment. READ MORE

By John Iekel 6/1/2018 • 0 Comments

The PBGC says in its FY 2017 PBGC Projections Report that it expects that its single-employer and multiemployer insurance programs will have sharply different results in coming years. READ MORE

By John Iekel 5/31/2018 • 0 Comments

Auto-enrollment is widely lauded as a low-cost, low-impact solution for savings rates and behaviors that could use a boost; however, a recent blog post suggests that it may not be a panacea. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout5/30/2018 • 0 Comments

TPAs serving 401(k) plans may want to remind their clients that they should review and update their “special tax notices” in the wake of changes to the plan loan offset rules under last year’s tax reform legislation. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout5/29/2018 • 0 Comments

The average individual 401(k) and IRA balances of Fidelity clients dipped a bit in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the previous quarter, but year-over-year increases remained strong. READ MORE

By John Iekel 5/24/2018 • 0 Comments

A measure before the Senate would establish a federal commission to review private retirement benefit programs and report to Congress on how to improve private retirement security. READ MORE

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