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 Staff2/4/2016 • 0 Comments

Generation X — long overlooked as a generational “middle child” between Boomers and Millennials — is waking up to the realities of retirement savings, according to a new report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/4/2016 • 0 Comments

The latest issue of Employee Plans News, a periodic IRS newsletter, highlights recent developments concerning the IRS Employee Plans Determination Letter Program, as well as links to recent guidance and updated forms and publications. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/3/2016 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has filed suit against the International Association of Machinists National Pension Fund and its board of trustees, seeking a court order requiring them to restore any losses the fund suffered due to alleged ERISA violations and requiring the fund to implement reforms. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/3/2016 • 0 Comments

The common conception that one works and saves for decades and then spends down those savings in retirement is not universally true, argue analysts at Vanguard in a recent study. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/3/2016 • 0 Comments

When an employee retires, that’s the end of the connection between the ex-employee and the former employer’s plan. Right? Not necessarily, say researchers at PIMCO. READ MORE

By Alisa Wolking2/3/2016 • 0 Comments

As the Department of Labor (DOL) moves forward with its new fiduciary standard, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are working on legislation to address concerns that the final DOL proposal will harm access to retirement savings advice. READ MORE

By Judy Miller1/31/2016 • 0 Comments

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Jan. 28 on “Helping Americans Prepare for Retirement: Increasing Access, Participation and Coverage in Retirement Savings Plans.” READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/29/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS in Notice 2016-16, issued Jan. 29, provides guidance on mid-year changes to a safe harbor plan under Internal Revenue Code Sections 401(k) and 401(m). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/29/2016 • 0 Comments

Tomato, tomahto. Split an atom, terminate a pension plan. A recent blog post suggests they may not be as different as they seem. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/29/2016 • 0 Comments

Not quite two years ago, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) should be opened to private sector workers; now legislation is before the U.S. Senate that would take a step in that direction. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/29/2016 • 0 Comments

Neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night could keep the Labor Department from getting the updated conflict-of-interest/fiduciary regulation to the Office of Management and Budget for review. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/28/2016 • 0 Comments

In a Jan. 25 telephone interview with reporters, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said that the Department of Labor hopes that work on the proposed fiduciary rule will be completed “in the coming months.” READ MORE

By Andrew Remo1/28/2016 • 0 Comments

Current retirement savings policies continue to be under the wonk microscope in Washington D.C., and was the primary subject of an event at the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress last week. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/27/2016 • 0 Comments

Pension plans should reduce surplus volatility as they work toward becoming better funded says one school of thought; but there could be a fly in the ointment, argues Tony Gould, global head of pensions solutions and advisory at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in New York City. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/26/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS has issued a proposed rule on the determination of whether the normal retirement age under a governmental pension plan satisfies Internal Revenue Code requirements and whether paying definitely determinable benefits starting at the plan’s normal retirement age satisfies them. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/26/2016 • 0 Comments

The point has often been made that retirement plan tax “preferences” are a deferral of taxes, not a deduction — and now the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that impact on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/26/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent Supreme Court ruling may have implications for retirement plan overpayment recoveries. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/26/2016 • 0 Comments

Employers with pension plans seek to control costs. But what approach should they take? A recent report offers some suggestions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/26/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS has updated the information it provides concerning the data analysis verification projects its Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) is pursuing. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 1/26/2016 • 0 Comments

Harkening back to a brief reference to benefit portability in the State of the Union address, the Obama Administration has announced its desire to extend Multiple Employer Plan (MEP) access to the private sector. READ MORE

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