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 Staff3/15/2016 • 0 Comments

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, in its latest quarterly report about U.S. financial accounts, provides information on how defined benefit funds fared from a variety of perspectives during the fourth quarter of 2015. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/11/2016 • 0 Comments

When are sequence-of-returns risk and retirement date of concern? Are they issues only after retirement begins and then progresses? Michael Kitces in a recent Nerd’s Eye View blog post addresses these matters. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/11/2016 • 0 Comments

A new report notes that 50% of Boomers did a retirement projection in 2015, up (slightly) from 2014; unfortunately, this resulted in the biggest increase among the generations in the percentage that now realize they are not on track for retirement, READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/11/2016 • 0 Comments

It may be grasping at straws, but two U.S. Senators have drawn an unfavorable connection between a planned research initiative by the Department of Labor and the agency’s appreciation for the impact of its pending fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/11/2016 • 0 Comments

The Connecticut Retirement Security Board has introduced legislation that creates a state-run plan for the private sector and would force employers that already have retirement plans in place to enroll workers who do not have to be covered under ERISA in the state-run program. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/10/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS has made available the updated Form 5500-EZ and its instructions for 2015 reporting; these versions replace those the IRS made available Feb. 18. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/9/2016 • 0 Comments

A lawsuit brought against the IRS over its handling of a company’s application to fix errors under the agency’s Voluntary Compliance Program (VCP) is advancing. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/8/2016 • 0 Comments

A majority of plans are looking for ways to improve their funding, in part to avoid impending Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premium hikes, according to NEPC. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/8/2016 • 0 Comments

Standard & Poors reported on March 3 that pension funding for the S&P 1500 and S&P 500 fell in February, but the drop was much less than during the previous month. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/8/2016 • 0 Comments

IRS Employee Plans Division (EP) Director Robert Choi has issued a memo to EP determinations and examinations employees containing guidelines for reviewing multiemployer collectively bargained plans that provide for a normal retirement age earlier than 62, but not earlier than 55. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/7/2016 • 0 Comments

It may be worth considering a review of hybrid plans to make sure they are in compliance with the final rules the IRS issued late in 2015. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/7/2016 • 0 Comments

The latest issue of IRS Employee Plans News includes reminders regarding the compliance questions that had been added to the Form 5500, mid-year amendments to safe harbor 401(k) plans and notices and the 2015 reference lists. READ MORE

By Adam Pozek, Brian Furgala3/7/2016 • 0 Comments

Another testing season has come and gone, and it is time for ASPPA’s IRS Q&A Subcommittee to start gathering questions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/4/2016 • 0 Comments

Even as the publication of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule nears, the GOP is gearing up to undermine the funding for its implementation. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/4/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS on March 3 issued an alert concerning a phishing email scheme that requests personal information concerning employees. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/3/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent analysis cautions that, due to the prolific nature of cyberattacks, it may be difficult to argue that a prudent person would not consider and react to cyber risks. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/3/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent paper suggests that it is best if the plan document reflects not only the letter of the law but also the operations by which those rules are met and applied. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/3/2016 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor is planning to study how retirement planning strategies and decisions evolve — and it would like to know what you think about the effort. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/3/2016 • 0 Comments

In-plan Roth rollovers (IRRs) have been touted as the latest great tax-planning device for retirement; an upcoming ASPPA webcast will cover the intricacies involved in effecting an IRR. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/2/2016 • 0 Comments

Does a participant who made an early retirement decision based on a plan administrator’s errant benefit projection have a cause of action? Well, as a recent decision details, it can depend on what they claim — and when. READ MORE

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