Technical Resources

Technical Resources covers the nuts and bolts of the retirement plan market, focusing on IRS and DOL regulations, ERISA litigation, fiduciary governance and more.

 

 


Technical Resources

Technical Resources

By John Iekel11/20/2017 • 0 Comments

First, do no harm. A term commonly applied to the practice of medicine, but a recent blog post by Christopher Carosa applies it to fiduciary practices. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/17/2017 • 0 Comments

Current measures of the adequacy of retirement income provide diverse answers about the state of retirement income security in the U.S., but what is the correct level? READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/17/2017 • 0 Comments

Behavioral finance tells us that human beings are prone to relying on heuristics to solve complex problems; survey data and anecdotal evidence suggest that participants often rely on these benchmarks. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/17/2017 • 0 Comments

The National Association for Fixed Annuities hasn’t had much success thus far in its litigation challenging the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary regulation — until now. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/17/2017 • 0 Comments

On Capitol Hill on Nov. 16 both the House and Senate took major steps toward completing the much-anticipated tax reform overhaul. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/17/2017 • 0 Comments

For the PBGC pension plan insurance programs, the glass was both half full and half empty in federal fiscal year 2017. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/16/2017 • 0 Comments

While all eyes have been on the latest tax reform changes, there were two important hearings taking place on Capitol Hill Nov. 15 concerning the Department of Labor. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/16/2017 • 0 Comments

The IRS has updated its Listing of Required Modifications (LRM) and Information Package for defined contribution plans. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/15/2017 • 0 Comments

Late last night, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a modified chairman’s mark for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with — mostly — good news for retirement plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/14/2017 • 0 Comments

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) plans to introduce a bill intended to protect pension benefits for retirees in multiemployer DB plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/14/2017 • 0 Comments

Retirement benefits are on the agenda in the IRS’ recently released 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/14/2017 • 0 Comments

The vast majority of middle-income workers with access to a workplace plan participate, but income plays a role in how many maximize the match. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/13/2017 • 0 Comments

A weekend of lobbying on Capitol Hill has yielded some encouraging news on tax reform – but serious problems remain for retirement plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/13/2017 • 0 Comments

A recent blog entry discusses what it can mean for an erstwhile employer when a former employee fails to roll their funds out of the plan into one offered by their new employer or into an IRA. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/13/2017 • 0 Comments

Pension risk transfer is firmly entrenched, and for a variety of reasons. Some recent analyses offer their perspectives on the practice. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/10/2017 • 0 Comments

All too often the innovations honored with a Nobel Prize fly under the radar of “regular” Americans. But that wasn’t the case recently when the work of University of Chicago’s Richard Thaler was acknowledged. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/10/2017 • 0 Comments

While tax reform is still very much a work in progress, there was a lot of good news for retirement plans and retirement savers yesterday. But there were also a couple of unwelcome surprises, particularly for 403(b) and 457(b) plans. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/10/2017 • 0 Comments

The Chairman’s Mark of the Senate tax reform proposal throws a few unexpected curves — bringing back problems for deferred compensation plans, introducing some new problems for 403(b) and 457 plans and capping catch-up contributions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/9/2017 • 0 Comments

October brought good news for corporate pension plans, a recent study suggests. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/9/2017 • 0 Comments

The PBGC has announced that it has reached an agreement that will provide approximately $500 million in funding for Sears’ two pension plans. READ MORE

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