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Traditional pension plans are still present, but shrinking — particularly in the private sector. What will fill that void? A recent column argues that the 401(k) can fill the void the decline of the DB plan creates, and then some. In “401(k)s Can Fill the Pension Gap,” American Enterprise... READ MORE
On June 27, 2019, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) published proposed regulations that cover a variety of corrections, clarifications and improvements. These are now open to public comment, with comments accepted up to Aug. 26, 2019. The ACOPA Government Affairs Committee will be... READ MORE
The value of ACOPA for pension actuaries was on display during the recent Government Affairs Committee (GAC) meetings in Washington, D.C. Through GAC activities, ACOPA actuaries have the ability to provide input to governmental agencies and staffers of senators and members of the House of... READ MORE
Our industry has long disparaged the apparent “overindulgence”1 of participants in the stock of their employer as a retirement investment. However, for plan fiduciaries – and those who advise them – there may be a more pressing concern. Anyone who has been paying attention to 401(k) plan... READ MORE
The 2019 ACOPA Symposium will be held in Chicago on Aug. 9-10. The 2019 Symposium is the 14th such event, almost all of which have been held in Chicago. (I can think of few cities in this country I’d rather visit in the summer than Chicago!) The first Symposium was held on Aug. 18-19, 2006; as... READ MORE
New reports indicate that retirement assets and investment options are growing, and that Americans are feeling optimistic and yet also overwhelmed about finances. Retirement Assets Grow Since the end of last year, total U.S. retirement assets were up 7.4%, reaching $29.1 trillion at the end of... READ MORE
  It’s not too late. Not too late for what, you ask? Not too late to sign up for the 2019 ACOPA Symposium. This year’s symposium will be held on Aug. 9-10 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Chicago. Regular registration ends Aug. 2, so time is running out fast.  As in the past, this year’s symposium... READ MORE
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on June 26  proposed a rule that would make a variety of clarifications, corrections and improvements to four of its regulations. The proposed rule is based on the PBGC’s ongoing efforts to review the effectiveness and clarity of its rules and input... READ MORE
CalSavers, the state-run retirement plan for private-sector employees in the Golden State whose employers do not offer a retirement plan, will be formally launched on July 1. State Treasurer Fiona Ma and former Sen. Kevin de León (D) will launch CalSavers at a ceremony at the State Treasurer’s... READ MORE
ASPPA and PenChecks Trust Company of America are pleased to announce the opening of applications for the QKA Scholarship Program for ASPPA’s Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) credential program. Launched in 2014, the PenChecks Trust ASPPA QKA Scholarship will again be offered this year to... READ MORE