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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
Compliance is serious business and audits of an employee benefit program are no joke. But the mere fact that one is scheduled need not spell imminent doom. As a recent blog entry points out, there are steps one can take to be ready — and, in the process, better ensure that the plan is in compliance... READ MORE
A plan sponsor fiduciary won their case in court, refuting allegations that they should have removed a fund from the plan’s investment menu. The plaintiff in this case was Marc J. Muri, an employee of National Indemnity, an insurance provider located in Omaha, Nebraska, and a participant in... READ MORE
The IRS on June 17 issued a third quarter update of its 2018-2019 Priority Guidance Plan. As in such previous such plans, retirement benefits are among the many areas in which the IRS plans to take action. In the update, the IRS also reports on progress in projects it has listed in the plan.The ‘To... READ MORE
The American Retirement Association, as well as a broad coalition of groups and associations, on June 18 sent a letter to the Senate expressing their support for the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act.The House passed the measure on May 23 by an overwhelming margin of 417-3. The... READ MORE
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series about creating and managing retirement plan committees. Part 1 is here. Fiduciary duties and fulfilling them includes managing the investment of plan assets — and one of the tools for accomplishing that is the investment committee. Investment... READ MORE
Not wasting any time, the Garden State has announced that it will hold a July 17 hearing in connection with its proposed new fiduciary standards. According to an announcement in the New Jersey Register, the Bureau of Securities also simultaneously announced that it is extending the comment period... 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
Defined contribution plans are practically ubiquitous. But like most things that are common, the mere fact that they are does not necessarily mean that comprehension of investing the funds they contain is. A recently released research paper discusses the problem posed by poor financial literacy and... READ MORE
A new study suggests that employers that focus on the financial well-being of their workers have a significant opportunity to improve employees’ financial health, while also benefiting their business.   Conducted by the Financial Health Network on behalf of Morgan Stanley at Work, the survey of 1,... READ MORE
Please hold on to the bar. That’s sound advice when seated in an amusement park thrill ride. But a recent blog entry suggests that the maxim is applicable to how a plan fiduciary approaches how participants invest their funds amid the vagaries of market volatility. The rises and falls in the... READ MORE
Consistent with prior input from the American Retirement Association, New Jersey correctly excluded ERISA plan fiduciaries from the application of its proposed new fiduciary standards. In a June 14 comment letter, the ARA – parent organization of the ASPPA/NTSA – expressed support for the proposed... READ MORE
An excessive fee suit has been granted class action status in federal court. This time it’s a group of former participants in the JPMorgan Chase 401(k) Savings Plan, a plan that has approximately 266,000 to 300,000 participants and more than $14 billion in assets. Suit ‘Case’ In considering the... READ MORE
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series about establishing and managing retirement plan committees. The last 10-plus years have brought into sharp relief the importance of fiduciary duties and fulfilling them as ERISA requires. Offering a retirement plan has many moving parts, and... READ MORE
An annual bellwether report on corporate retirement plans finds that the retirement readiness for participants in those plans is brighter due to plan design enhancements and adoption of prudent investing practices.  In fact, the usage of automatic enrollment has tripled since year-end 2007 and has... READ MORE
The average funded status of the 100 largest corporate pension plans in the United States dropped slightly from April to May, while volatility of both assets and liabilities rose slightly, according to recently released data. According to NISA Investment Advisors, average funded status dropped by... READ MORE
Following a contentious markup session, a key House Committee approved legislation on June 11 that would address the funding problems facing multiemployer pension plans.  The House Education & Labor Committee’s approval of an amended version of the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act... READ MORE
The headline in a recent New York Times piece cautions that “Confusing Options May Be Coming to Your 401(k). It Could Cost You.”   Those “confusing options”? Retirement income. And, ironically, they might undermine support for the most significant piece of pro-retirement legislation in a decade... 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
The official hurricane season has just begun (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it starts June 1). But we’ve already had a tropical system in the Atlantic (Andrea) — and that serves as a reminder that it can be helpful to a service provider and plan administrator to prepare…... READ MORE

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