Here you’ll find all news stories and all posts on ASPPA Net, with the newest items at the top.

By ASPPA Net Staff2/26/2018 • 0 Comments

TPAs and other retirement plan professionals may find it useful to know that the number of plan sponsors calculating and benchmarking fees in the past year is up — and whether that is having an impact. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/23/2018 • 0 Comments

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have named the four Republicans and four Democrats from the House who will serve on the new Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/23/2018 • 0 Comments

April Fools Day is not far off, but the joke's on a plan that forgets the April 1 deadline for the first RMD to terminated vested participants who attained age 70½ in 2017 and to participants older than age 70½ who retired in 2017. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo2/23/2018 • 0 Comments

Concerned that the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule could be pared back, Maryland is considering extending fiduciary duty under state law. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/22/2018 • 0 Comments

In a Feb. 21 letter to Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter, Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) has requested that the IRS reevaluate the new VCP user fees announced earlier this year. READ MORE

By Richard Ford2/21/2018 • 0 Comments

In a 2017 report, a survey of 1,600 workers found that 53% are feeling financial stress, which results in negative impacts that impose costs on employers because of its effects on employees. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/21/2018 • 0 Comments

Updated data from government filings finds that plans, participants and benefits all increased between 2014 and 2015 — but for the first time since 2008, total amount of assets held by pension plans decreased. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/21/2018 • 0 Comments

In a recent blog post, Fred Reish focuses on the issue of “reasonable compensation” and what, if any, changes will be made to that requirement. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/21/2018 • 0 Comments

Expecting unexpected events can help a retiree to be prepared, says a recent report that has implications not only for retirees but also for retirement plan professionals. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/20/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent study found that giving plan participants a projected view of future monthly income likely will result in higher expected income replacement rates during retirement. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 2/20/2018 • 0 Comments

The Massachusetts Securities Division filed charges against Scottrade for knowingly violating its internal policies regarding DOL fiduciary rule implementation — which plaintiffs seeking to overturn that rule say validates their concerns. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

Growing U.S. bond yields and changes to corporate taxes could pay dividends for private-sector DB plans, some analysts argue. READ MORE

By Norman Levinrad2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

Hi there. I just woke up to the news of another school shooting, and I’m thinking about the parents dealing with the incomprehensible grief of losing a child who they just sent off to school. READ MORE

By James E. Holland2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

It was a quiet Tuesday afternoon. The first State of the Union address from President Trump was to take place that evening. No one expected any interesting government releases before the speech. READ MORE

By Matt Rustige2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

For the longest time, it seemed an unwritten rule that the safe and wise path of a defined benefit plan termination should include an IRS Determination Letter request. However, this approach seems to have come under much more scrutiny in recent years by sponsors and advisors of plans both large and small. READ MORE

By Bill Karbon2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

I wanted to take this opportunity to catch everyone up on the activities of the ACOPA Leadership Council. The following summarizes the most important issues being addressed by leadership. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

The Massachusetts Securities Division has filed charges against a firm for knowingly violating its internal policies regarding implementation of the DOL fiduciary rule — and taken a shot at the Department of Labor. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

Encouraged by the new tax reform law, more well-known employers have announced plans to boost retirement plan contributions for their workers. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

Savers across all generations expect to increase their 401(k) contributions in the coming months, according to the results of a new survey that examines 401(k) savers’ attitudes and behaviors. READ MORE

By John Iekel 2/15/2018 • 0 Comments

In observance of Presidents Day on Feb. 19, the ASPPA offices will be closed and ASPPA Connect will not be published on Feb. 19; it will reappear on Feb. 21. Here are some interesting facts about people who were one heartbeat away from the Oval Office. READ MORE

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