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Editor’s Note: This is an occasional feature in the NTSA Advisor. It is drawn from The Source, a book that covers technical, compliance, administrative and marketing aspects of the 403(b) and 457(b) markets. More information about The Source is available here. While it is not required under the... READ MORE
In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent analysis that dispels three myths that discourage Millennials’ preparations for those golden years. READ MORE
Tech Talk addresses whether it is possible to put unitized portfolios in a 403(b)7. READ MORE
While disputing allegations and denying liability, plan fiduciaries have announced the second largest monetary settlement to date regarding a university retirement plan. This settlement – for $14,000,000 – involves the $4.3 billion Johns Hopkins University 403(b) Plan, a suit brought by the law... READ MORE
When it comes to ERISA litigation, we often only get to hear one side of the story – the plaintiffs’. But one of the defendants in an excessive fee case is fighting back. The plaintiffs in this case are five employees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and participants in the MIT... READ MORE
The Department of Justice has asked a federal court to hold off ruling on a suit challenging California’s auto-IRA program for private sector workers. The suit in question is a challenge by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, claiming that the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust... READ MORE
Tech Talk addresses what the “written plan” requirement is, what it means and does not mean. READ MORE
Editor’s Note: This is an occasional feature in the NTSA Advisor. It is drawn from The Source, a book that covers technical, compliance, administrative and marketing aspects of the 403(b) and 457(b) markets. More information about The Source is available here. No amount containing a required... READ MORE
The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is responsible for overseeing millions of employee benefit plans, including investigating retirement plans when necessary. A recent blog entry examines what an employer should know about that. In Thompson Coburn LLP’s blog... READ MORE
MarketBeat discusses the Fuller v. SunTrust Banks, Inc. decision and the question it addresses: When and how does their liability for the decisions of previous committee members begin?   READ MORE
Another presidential candidate has proposed to pay for a campaign promise with a tax on retirement savings.    U.S. senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced yesterday that she would propose a financial transactions tax to pay for her “Medicare-for-all” proposal –... READ MORE
Do you know an NTSA Advisor who is among the ‘best of the best’? The NTSA Elite Advisor Award is an annual member recognition program that has been established to honor Financial Advisors who presence and innovative works have helped shape the best practices in serving clients in the ERISA non-... READ MORE
A court challenge to California’s CalSavers program has reemerged, claiming the state-run mandatory auto IRA program for private sector workers poses a significant financial risk to taxpayers. The filing (titled somewhat unwieldly, “Plaintiffs’ opposition to Defendants’ motion to dismiss first... READ MORE
The Department of Labor announced a final rule on July 29 that expands the availability of some multiple employer plans (MEPs) – and an RFI that seeks more information on “open” MEPs.  Acknowledging that Association Retirement Plans (ARPs) and MEPs exist now, the Labor Department notes that in... READ MORE
Editor’s Note: This is Part I of a two-part series. Marketplace Issues The regulations effectively repealed Rev. Rul. 90-24 and significantly changed how and when 403(b) plan participants could change the investment of their 403(b) contracts/accounts. There has been much confusion as the... READ MORE
Editor’s Note:This is an occasional feature in the NTSA Advisor. It is drawn from The Source, a book that covers technical, compliance, administrative and marketing aspects of the 403(b) and 457(b) markets. More information about The Source is available here. Remember, an exchange can only be... READ MORE
In MarketBeat, ERISA attorney Heather B. Abrigo argues that missing participants, and the problems they occasion, are becoming a more prominent problem for plan administrators and offers practical steps in handling them. READ MORE
Tech Talk discusses what types of contributions can be made to a 403(b) plan. READ MORE
The Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee in recent remarks indicated that after the SECURE Act is enacted, he may move on legislation that would broadly require employers to maintain a 401(k) or 403(b) plan that covers all eligible employees. SECURE Act Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) argued... READ MORE
At the opening session of the 2019 NAPA D.C. Fly-in Forum on July 23, NAPA Executive Director (and American Retirement Association CEO) Brian Graff noted that it’s a “hot mess” in Washington – both literally and figuratively.  Expressing his frustration that the bipartisan Setting Every Community... READ MORE

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