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The House Ways & Means Committee has unveiled bipartisan retirement security legislation that it plans to consider April 2.  According to committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), the committee will convene a markup that day to consider several bills, including the Setting Every Community Up for... READ MORE
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has signed legislation establishing a state-run retirement savings plan for private-sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement plan. Murphy signed the bill establishing the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program into law on March 28. The state... READ MORE
It’s not exactly news that staying on the job past one's normal retirement age is a growing phenomenon. Of course, that has a direct effect on the employees who decide to prolong their tenure, but it has implications for employers and plans as well. Among them is how to handle pension payments in... READ MORE
Earlier this month, we told you about a proposed new tax that could have a dramatic impact on retirement savings. To help bring attention to this critical issue, American Retirement Association CEO Brian Graff has authored an article that has just appeared in The Hill, a popular news source for... READ MORE
To outsource or not to outsource: That is the question. Okay, that’s not what the Bard of Avon wrote. But it is the focus of a recent blog entry that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing decisions about how a retirement plan’s funds are to be invested. “The responsibility for a... READ MORE
What’s in a fund name? More – and less – than you might imagine.  According to a new paper by academics at Kansas State, Saint Louis University and Seton Hall, along with a researcher at the Ipsos Behavioral Science Center, when a participant searches through her plan’s menu of investment options... READ MORE
While today’s employees feel confident in their finances, the reality of their situations is not aligned with this confidence, a new report shows.  According to MetLife’s 17th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, nearly two out of three people say they are confident in their finances, but... READ MORE
The House Ways & Means Committee will consider legislation on April 2 to expand retirement savings opportunities and reform the IRS’s administration and operating procedures, according to multiple press reports.   The outline for the legislation – the “Chairman’s mark” – could be released as... READ MORE
Sometimes whether news is good or bad depends on one’s perspective. Case in point: the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has updated its 2015 report on retirement security and savings in households headed by people approaching retirement age. The updated report contains fodder for optimists... READ MORE
Ultimately, a retirement plan exists to support the account holders and their dependents and beneficiaries. So distributions are of key importance — but that doesn’t mean that handling them is always smooth. A recent blog entry offers some ideas on how to handle difficult situations concerning that... READ MORE