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Nominations are now being accepted for ASPPA’s 2020 Leadership Council. Elected at-large members of the Leadership Council serve for one term of four calendar years. Nominees must be credentialed ASPPA members nominated by at least two members to be considered. Submit a nomination today! To... READ MORE
Nominations are now being accepted for American Retirement Association’s 2020 Board of Directors. Elected at-large members of the Board of Directors serve for one term of three calendar years. Nominees must be nominated by at least two members to be considered. To view the nomination form, click... READ MORE
A new survey finds that the use of an online retirement calculator has spurred more than half of those who did to take positive actions related to their finances. The nationwide survey of 1,000 401(k) plan participants by Schwab Retirement Plan Services found that just over half (52%) have used an... READ MORE
Apparently education expenses are not only weighing on retirement contributions, but triggering early withdrawals as well. According to the most recent wave of StreetWise, the E*TRADE quarterly tracking study of experienced investors, three out of five young (under age 34) investors have made an... READ MORE
ASPPA is always providing information and insights that will be valuable to its members! Following is a summary of upcoming webcasts and events. Live Webcasts  ASPPA Webcast: Late Deferral/Loan Deposits and Form 5330Thursday, June 6, 2019 2:00–2:50 p.m. ET Speaker: Kristina Kananen, QPA QKA,... READ MORE
It’s not exactly news that Americans are nervous about their retirement prospects – but a new study finds that a couple of key demographic groups are especially anxious. The 2018 Protected Lifetime Income Index study, “The Clock is Ticking: Generation X and the challenge of retirement readiness,” ... READ MORE
What type of “collar” one wears at work — that is, what sector one’s job is in and what type of work one does — affects mortality and therefore retirement plan liability, says a recent study. The data is contained in an exposure draft of a report by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) concerning its... READ MORE
Attendees at the recent Plan Sponsor Council of America’s (PSCA) National Conference in Tampa got a sneak peek at the findings of the PSCA’s Inaugural Health Savings Account Survey. The general session panel – Kenneth Forsythe, Head of Product Strategy at Empower; and Glen Kvadus, VP at Optum... READ MORE
So, how – or did – the volatility in the markets affect participant activity in 2018? Not very much, according to a new report. In fact, defined contribution plan participants pretty much kept on doing what they were doing, according to “Defined Contribution Plan Participants’ Activities, 2018” ... READ MORE
The Internal Revenue Service has announced updated deduction limits for high deductible health plans. For calendar year 2020, the annual limitation on deductions under § 223(b)(2)(A) for an individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan is $3,550, up $50 from the 2019... READ MORE
First the Labor Department announced a target for a fiduciary rule redo – and now the Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a review of its Regulation Best Interest. The SEC has announced a meeting on June 5 where it “…will consider whether to adopt a new rule to establish a standard of... READ MORE
Former American Retirement Association President Marcy L. Supovitz has been named to the ERISA Advisory Council, which advises the Labor Department on policies and regulations regarding ERISA plans. The 15-member council (formally titled the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit... READ MORE
In a big win for ACOPA and the lobbying efforts of its members, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is looking for comments on a proposal that would allow employers to request coverage determinations prior to establishment of a plan, as part of a new formal process where the PBGC would... READ MORE
New proposed legislation could help close the retirement savings coverage gap — and you can help make it a reality. Small business owners face real challenges — costs, administrative burdens, and increased liability for mistakes — in the decision to provide retirement benefits for their workers.... READ MORE
So much happening – and there’s an easy way to catch up. A week ago, the IRS made significant changes to EPCRS by issuing Revenue Procedure (Rec. Proc.) 2019-19, effective immediately – we’re talking self-correction of some of the more common failures relating to participant loans and plan... READ MORE
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the expansion of areas for issuing determination letters for certain retirement plans. Revenue Procedure 2019-20, issued May 1, details two new issues for which retirement plan sponsors may now request determination letters: Statutory Hybrid Plans – plan... READ MORE
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Gordon Hartogensis as head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He will replace W. Thomas Reeder, Jr., who has served as director of the PBGC since October 2015. The full Senate approved Hartogensis’s nomination April 30 by a vote of 72-27. After being... READ MORE
ASPPA is always providing information and insights that will be valuable to its members! Following is a summary of upcoming webcasts and events. Live Webcasts  ASPPA Webcast: Second Quarter 2019 Washington UpdateWednesday, May 22, 2019 2:00–2:50 p.m. ET Speaker: Bob Kaplan, Director of Technical... READ MORE
The Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), part of the American Retirement Association (ARA), is giving retirement plan sponsors at nonprofit organizations an opportunity to participate in, and receive benchmarking data from, its annual 403(b) Benchmarking Survey. Embarking on its second decade,... READ MORE
With the Trump administration’s Association Health Plan rule stymied by a federal judge’s ruling, a large group of Republican senators has introduced legislation to fill that gap. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) have joined Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and a group of colleagues in... READ MORE

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