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 ASPPA Net Staff1/7/2016 • 0 Comments

Among the keys to providing excellent service to clients is to do so in an ethical and professional manner, and one of the ways to do that is to understand Circular 230. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo1/7/2016 • 0 Comments

The Nutmeg State has taken another step toward the creation of a state-run retirement program for private sector workers with the release of a lengthy report detailing the potential elements of such a program. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/6/2016 • 0 Comments

The advent of a new year traditionally is a time to take of stock of where one has been and what lies ahead; a recent Transamerica report offers the expectations of experts from a wide range of sectors and perspectives regarding retirement plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/6/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS has issued an updated version of Publication 575, “Pension and Annuity Income,” for use in preparing 2015 returns. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/6/2016 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Jan. 5 announced that it is ready to accept electronic premium filings for plan years beginning in 2016. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/5/2016 • 0 Comments

It is something of a tradition this time of year to look back, to reminiscence about past events and lessons learned, and sometimes to look ahead. Here are some insights that should help lay the groundwork for a productive and prosperous 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/5/2016 • 0 Comments

Last year proved to be a volatile one for pension funding, but how did the nation’s largest corporate pension plans fare compared with the year before? READ MORE

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 ASPPA Net Staff1/4/2016 • 0 Comments

The New Jersey Senate Budget Committee has approved a bill creating a mandatory retirement program for private-sector workers without employer-sponsored plans in the Garden State. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/4/2016 • 0 Comments

Just before Christmas, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2029, a massive year-end spending and tax bill containing a number of provisions affecting health and retirement plans. Here’s what you may have missed. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/30/2015 • 0 Comments

In 2016, be ready for more of the same regarding attention to fees charged plan sponsors and participants says Susan Mangiero in her blog, Pension Risk Matters. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/30/2015 • 0 Comments

Saving for retirement and paying off student loan debt may seem to be mutually exclusive goals and functions, but Beth Braverman argues in Forbes that they are not.
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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 Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Dec. 23 sent the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for its approval of a revision to its collection of information on locating and paying plan participants. READ MORE

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 Staff12/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS Employee Plans office, in the latest issue of Employee Plans News, has issued reminders and links to other information especially useful to plans as the old year ends and a new year begins. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

The court in Tussey v. ABB Inc. No. 2:06-cv-04305 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 9, 2015) has awarded attorney fees roughly equal to the total damages assessed in the excessive fee case — but it won’t come close to covering their costs. 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

Understanding how the EPCRS negotiation process works and strategies that can be employed are critical. In a webcast that will be held on Jan. 14, 2016, Ilene H. Ferenczy will share her many years of experience in dealing with the IRS in this case-study-intensive webcast. 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

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