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When it comes to managing 401(k) investment allocation transactions, a new study suggests that the usability of key website features represents one of the most persistent problems across provider interfaces.   Two seemingly tangential features that came up continually during Corporate Insight’s... READ MORE
Missing participants, and the problems they occasion, are becoming a more prominent problem for plan administrators, argues ERISA attorney Heather B. Abrigo, Esq. “It’s really come to the forefront,” said Abrigo, a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, in a July 16 ASPPA webcast. “Plan... READ MORE
Cyber threats morph and evolve as quickly as the technology and data they compromise. Speakers at SPARK’s national conference in Falls Church, VA suggested ways to protect against them. Evolving Challenges Wendy Young Carter, a VP and Defined Contribution Director, Public Sector at Segal Group,... READ MORE
The times they are a-changin’. At an exciting — and, perhaps in some ways terrifying — pace. But in order to compete, one must embrace and employ the dazzling attributes and developments of our dizzying age. Joey Coleman, Chief Experience Composer of the Design Symphony recently shared his... READ MORE
Technology offers a dazzling array of ever-expanding options for retirement plans and participants. But not everyone is interested in tech. Some recent blog entries suggest ways to heighten the experience, as well as non-tech ways to serve a plan and its participants. Technological advances march... READ MORE
So you think your data is safe? It probably isn't, as keynote speaker Kevin Mitnick, “the world’s most famous hacker” and bestselling author, demonstrated at the 2019 NAPA 401(k) Summit.   Mitnick, once on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, is now a trusted security consultant to Fortune 500 companies... READ MORE
Since enactment of the Pension Protection Act in 2006, automaticity has been highly successful in improving retirement readiness. But new, highly personalized fintech advances may help drive retirement readiness to the next level, according to a new white paper.  Building on the success of auto-... READ MORE
Two key members of Congress are interested in learning more about potential threats cyberattacks pose to the U.S. retirement system and what industry stakeholders are doing to address them. In a Feb. 12 letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking... READ MORE
In his First Quarter 2019 Washington Update, Robert Kaplan, the American Retirement Association’s Director of Technical Education, provided an overview of the new climate on Capitol Hill as well as recent regulatory developments affecting retirement plans. On the Hill With the changes that took... READ MORE
Consumers tend to worry about “high-touch” products, such as credit cards and bank accounts, more than they worry about long-term savings accounts, such as their workplace retirement plans and IRAs, a new study warns. Nearly 80% of American consumers are concerned about financial fraud, according... READ MORE
The 2019 Eastern Regional Conference will be held at the Doubletree Center City Hotel in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10. One of only two live regional conferences to be sponsored by ASPPA in 2019, the Eastern Regional Conference has been designed to educate retirement plan... READ MORE
At the first hearing on retirement security issues in the 116th Congress on Feb. 6, enactment of the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) again took center stage as a vital step in expanding access and addressing the coverage gap. Featuring a single panel of witnesses, the four-hour... READ MORE
The start of a new year is an opportune moment to take stock of the way things are done and consider new approaches. A benefits-related organization offers some ideas of things to consider regarding designing and providing a workplace financial education program. The International Foundation of... READ MORE
Bipartisan legislation to allow plan sponsors to use e-delivery as the default distribution method for ERISA required retirement plan documents was reintroduced in the Senate in the waning days of the 115th Congress. The Receiving Electronic Statements to Improve Retiree Earnings (RETIRE) Act (S.... READ MORE
Managing participant data effectively is efficient, but it’s also more than that. Recent blog entries argue that it also provides a way to meet fiduciary responsibilities and address the problem of missing participants — if not obviate it in the first place. It’s not hard to get into that position... READ MORE
A good offense is often the best defense. A maxim used in many contexts, and a July 10 ASPPA Webcast suggests that taking extra care to ensure that your Form 5500 is correct is one of them.In “Resolving 5500 Filing Issues,” Kristina G. Kananen, QPA, QKA, DC Customer Support for DATAIR Employee... READ MORE
A recent analysis offers a fresh take on how to motivate individuals to save for retirement: wed technology and behavioral economics. In “How Digital Tools and Behavioral Economics Will Save Retirement,” an article published in the Harvard Business Review, Shlomo Benartzi, Professor of Behavioral... READ MORE
What are firms in the retirement industry doing to help protect against cyberattacks and the threat of financial and participant account information being held hostage?A recent Bloomberg News article, “Wall Street Aims to Thwart a Hacking Nightmare for Your 401(k),” reports that there is a... READ MORE
Bipartisan legislation that would allow for electronic delivery of pension and retirement plan information was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Dec 11.Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), along with 26 cosponsors, the “Receiving Electronic Statements to... READ MORE
As employees are asked to take on more responsibility for managing and financing their benefits, new research shows that employees want and need help making better decisions about their benefits.Results from Lincoln Financial Group’s 2017 Employee Benefits Study indicate that a large majority of... READ MORE

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