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 Nevin Adams9/26/2014 • 0 Comments

A plan sponsor’s decision to eliminate an option to transfer defined contribution account balances to a defined benefit floor-offset plan didn't violate ERISA’s anti-cutback rules, according to a federal appeals court. READ MORE

By John Iekel9/25/2014 • 1 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on Sept. 24 issued Technical Update 14-1, guidance on how the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (HATFA) affects PBGC premiums. READ MORE

By John Iekel9/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has presented the legislature with recommendations for increasing Oregonians’ retirement savings, access to a retirement plan and ability to enroll in one. The recommendations are the work of the state’s Retirement Security Task Force.
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By John Iekel9/18/2014 • 0 Comments

Johnson & Johnson is joining the ranks of the employers that have reduced pension benefits for new employees. The company, ranked 39th among the Fortune 500, made the announcement in an internal memo READ MORE

By Nevin Adams9/18/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS has issued the much-anticipated final regulations on hybrid retirement plans and has also provided regulations on the tax treatment of distributions from Roth accounts under tax-favored retirement plans, such as 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams9/12/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS has issued guidance on pension funding stabilization under the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (HATFA). Notice 2014-53, issued late on Sept. 11, addresses both the 2013 and 2014 plan years. Generally speaking, plan sponsors have until Dec. 31 (later for some non-calendar-year plans) to determine the optimal transition to HATFA segment rates.

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By Andrew Remo9/2/2014 • 0 Comments

Its authors may not have led with that title, but a recent paper calls for wholesale changes to the way Americans currently save for retirement, including suspending all defined contribution savings arrangements. One is inclined to give the authors credit for coming up with a new alternative, but the reality is that their proposal is a cobbled-together mish-mash of ideas that have been tried before. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Census Bureau has published its annual survey of public pensions. The 2013 Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, membership and liabilities information for DB public pension systems. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

What happens to executive retirement benefits when employers close or freeze their defined benefit pension plans? What if that plan is a hybrid/cash balance? And what does that mean for advisors? Towers Watson recently conducted an analysis of how Fortune 200 companies in 2013 transitioned executives after changing their underlying broad-based retirement programs to find the answers. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

This summer, for the first time in more than 20 years, Hawaii was hit by a named tropical system. ays later, a second churned offshore. Hurricane Arthur splashed through North Carolina’s Outer Banks just before July 4. And the height of the Atlantic hurricane season is about to arrive. This portends the possibility of significant property losses, business disruption and the need for hardship distributions from 401(k)s. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Inspector General is looking at how the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration monitors plans that claim the “small plan” exemption from the annual independent audit requirement that applies under ERISA, the ASPPA Government Affairs Committee has learned. 

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By Nevin Adams8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

With the ERISA fiduciary community still absorbing the impact of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the presumption of prudence standard for company stock in retirement plans, a federal appellate court has introduced a new and potentially complicating aspect to consider.

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By Nevin Adams8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a request for information on the use of brokerage windows, self-directed brokerage accounts and “similar features” in 401(k)-type plans. 

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By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

How can the fiduciaries of terminated DC plans fulfill their obligations under ERISA to locate missing participants and properly distribute the participants’ account balances? That’s a question the DOL answered in a Field Assistance Bulletin released Aug. 14.

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By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

The SEC on Aug. 11 announced securities fraud charges against the state of Kansas, claiming that the state failed to disclose that the state’s pension system was significantly underfunded, and that the unfunded pension liability created a repayment risk for investors in those bonds.


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By John Iekel8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

Fidelity has changed the way it manages its 401(k) plan. That took some convincing — it had been sued by 29 current and former employees on behalf of 50,000 of their peers over conflicts of interest in its plan.

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By Andrew Remo8/14/2014 • 0 Comments

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the congressional scorekeeper of tax legislation, on Aug. 5 issued its latest estimates of the increasing costs of the tax incentives for retirement savings. The numbers are eye-popping. 

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By John Iekel8/14/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA and ACOPA, in an Aug. 13 letter to Robert Choi, Director, Employee Plans at the IRS, have requested guidance regarding the application of the funding stabilization provisions in section 2003 of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (HTFA) to plan years beginning in 2013 and 2014.

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By ASPPA Net Staff8/8/2014 • 0 Comments

The Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index slipped eight points in the second quarter driven largely by a 17-point decline in optimism among retired investors. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/8/2014 • 0 Comments

During the last week of July, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a panel on retirement security — and shared some interesting perspectives on the state of America’s retirement readiness. Pension professionals should understand these perspectives, as they could well find their way into future retirement policy proposals.  READ MORE

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