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 Iekel12/29/2014 • 0 Comments

All disbursements from a retirement plan scheduled to be made at the same time are treated as a single distribution even if they are sent to multiple destinations, a new rule that becomes mandatory as 2015 dawns. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/23/2014 • 0 Comments

With the New Year just around the corner, many of us will be considering New Year’s resolutions. Milliman has compiled a list of 10 ideas plan sponsors can adopt in order to improve their retirement plans. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon12/4/2014 • 0 Comments

With time running out on its deadline for providing recommendations, a task force examining alternatives for a possible state-run IRA program in the Old Line State continued to debate the issues. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo12/3/2014 • 0 Comments

More than a dozen states are at various stages of considering some kind of "automatic IRA" proposal, but the Land of Lincoln may have just leapt to the front of the line. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/2/2014 • 0 Comments

Rollovers can be an important way to preserve retirement savings, and postpone paying taxes on distributions. The IRS has an updated rollover chart, as well as additional information about rollovers, rollover eligibility and other considerations, on its site. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/26/2014 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Nov. 24 issued a final rule that provides guidance on treatment of benefits resulting from a rollover distribution from a DC plan to a DB plan, when the DB plan is terminated and trusteed by the PBGC. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/24/2014 • 0 Comments

California’s state-sponsored retirement plan has taken another step forward with the issuance of an RFP for a consultant to conduct a market analysis, feasibility study and to design the program. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon11/24/2014 • 0 Comments

When President Obama named Loretta Lynch as his nominee to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, speculation about Secretary of Labor Tom Perez being tapped for the role was put to rest, while speculation about the impact on the DOL’s agenda was reinvigorated. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon11/21/2014 • 0 Comments

In the wake of the surprise election of Republican Larry Hogan to the Maryland governor’s mansion earlier this month, the task force outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) established to study retirement plan access and potentially recommend a state-run automatic enrollment IRA program had its first post-election meeting Nov. 19.
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By Nevin Adams11/20/2014 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office published its final report on Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), offering some recommendations for Congress and the IRS on so-called “mega” IRAs. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/19/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has announced that on Jan. 15, 2015 it will hold a hearing on whether Credit Suisse affiliates can serve as qualified professional asset managers. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman11/18/2014 • 0 Comments

Plan administrators were beginning to feel comfortable with their procedures for participant benefit statements, but changes are in the offing. The Department of Labor’s most recent guidance plan includes a proposed regulation that could significantly affect the way plan sponsors draft and distribute these notices. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/17/2014 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on Nov. 17 released its 2014 annual report, which had good news and bad news for the agency that protects pension benefits for millions of Americans in private-sector pension plans.
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By ASPPA Net Staff11/14/2014 • 0 Comments

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding low- and moderate-income workers about an opportunity to earn a special tax credit while they save for retirement.
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By Nevin Adams11/11/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS issued a clarification Nov. 10 on the application of the one-per-year limit on IRA rollovers. In Announcement 2014-32, the IRS said it had received comments about the “administrative challenges presented by the Bobrow interpretation of §408(d)(3)(B).”  READ MORE

By John Iekel11/6/2014 • 0 Comments

We hear a lot about how well Americans are saving — or not — for their retirement. In that spirit, Legg Mason Global Asset Management has unveiled EZ IRA, a payroll deduction IRA program intended to provide a way to build that savings rate. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/4/2014 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office in a recent report has highlighted one of the ways public- and private-sector deferred benefit plans differ — valuation. “Pension Plan Valuation: Views on Using Multiple Measures to Offer a More Complete Financial Picture” outlines and discusses these differences and their implications. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

American workers are feeling better about their retirement prospects, with most of the (modest) improvement registered among higher-income individuals and women, a new survey suggests. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs Craig P. Hoffman and Joe Canary, director of the Office of Regulations and Interpretations for the Employee Benefit Security Administration, discussed some of the recurring and unresolved matters regarding participant disclosures at an Oct. 28 session of the ASPPA Annual Conference at National Harbor, Md. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

It’s not often that retirement plan professionals have the chance to ask a distinguished panel for their take on sometimes thorny, sometimes complicated, sometimes nagging issues. But attendees at an "ask the experts" session on the last day of ASPPA’s Annual Conference, held in National Harbor, Md., had that opportunity. READ MORE

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