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Amid the clouds of gloom that threaten the retirement security of some generations, there is a relative bright spot, at least according to one analyst—Generation Z.  Gen Z—defined by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies as those born between 1997 and 2012—so far are exhibiting hopeful... READ MORE
Millennials have had a rough week of it, at least in the financial press. First there was a report that they had established asset allocations that mirrored that of their grandparents (the respondents apparently never heard of a target-date fund). Then a separate survey that indicated they (70% of... READ MORE
As Generation X becomes the country’s next generation on deck to retire, a new report finds that many of those born between 1965 and 1980 are woefully unprepared for retirement.   When looking at median retirement savings levels for Gen X, the bottom half of earners has only a few thousand dollars... READ MORE
The IRS on July 14 made multiple announcements concerning required minimum distributions (RMDs), including relief concerning RMDs and rollovers in accordance with Section 107 of SECURE 2.0. The guidance is contained in Notice 2023-54.  Transition Relief  The IRS says that after SECURE 2.0 was... READ MORE
Delaware is pursuing an interstate collaboration for the Delaware Expanding Access for Retirement and Necessary Savings (EARNS) Program. It launched the program in 2022.  According to the office of State Treasurer Colleen Davis, the EARNS Program board on July 13 voted unanimously to authorize her... READ MORE
It’s hurricane season. So far, it’s been mild, but that may not last. The current lull offers an opportunity to take preparations that will protect your plan and participants if you have not already.  The IRS offers the following tips to help be ready in case a disaster happens.  Take Advantage... READ MORE
Let’s face it. Annuities generally are not well-received in much of the retirement plan adviser community. From the historical impression that “annuities are sold, not bought,” to some advisers perceived baggage associated with being that ghastly “licensed insurance agent,” to the historically “... READ MORE
A surprising finding in a comprehensive report from earlier this year, writes John Sullivan in MarketBeat, is that there is no gender gap in access to employer-based retirement plans, nor in participation rates. He continues that the same cannot be said for savings. READ MORE
Tech Talk addresses what an organization should do when a 403(b) plan fails to limit employer and employee contributions so they do not exceed Internal Revenue Code Section 415(c) limits. READ MORE
State programs to provide coverage to private-sector employees whose employers do not provide a retirement plan are in motion, and there is a little more traffic on the road. RetirePath Virginia Hits the Road RetirePath Virginia, the state-run program that will provide retirement plan coverage to... READ MORE
Until recently, the federal law governing most private retirement was seldom a subject of national headlines—let alone the subject of an Instagram reel by the Speaker of the House.    But Speaker Kevin McCarthy and others have proclaimed that it now allows investment managers for many workplace... READ MORE
One plus one is two, right? Not so, says Phil Kim, Founding Member and Managing Director of Signature Wealth Concepts, making the case for collaboration in the 403(b) marketplace.  “One plus one is greater than two,” said Kim in the June 21 NTSA Webcast, “The Case for Collaboration in the 403b... READ MORE
The IRS’ 2007 403(b) regulations fundamentally altered the 403(b) marketplace. The imposition of those regulations of greater responsibility on 403(b) plan sponsors for maintaining the continued tax favored status of their plans triggered—among other things—efforts by a number of employers,... READ MORE
As human beings, writes Nevin E. Adams JD in MarketBeat, we’re drawn to perspectives, surveys, and studies that validate our sense of the world—which tends to make us discount opposing findings. He offers ideas for evaluating those findings. READ MORE
Tech Talk provides a checklist that the IRS has prepared to help keep a 403(b) plan in compliance with many important rules. READ MORE
The allegations in a new excessive fee suit are familiar—but the plaintiff has clearly been attentive to pleading failures that have led to other, similar cases being dismissed. Commenting that “the proliferation of 401(k)plans has exposed workers to big drops in the stock market and high fees... READ MORE
The American Retirement Association joined over 100 organizations—including major corporations, law firms, and advocacy organizations—in sending a letter June 29 to the House Ways & Means Committee seeking a two-year delay of the Roth catch-up requirement in SECURE 2.0 that requires anyone who... READ MORE
As most of the state legislative sessions have adjourned, the amount of bills the NTSA reviews daily has decreased. This has given us an opportunity to reenergize projects that were put on the back burner during the intense legislative calendar.  But First: Illinois Success! We have wonderful... READ MORE
One of the first excessive fee suits filed against university 403(b) plans has (finally) come to a conclusion with a jury verdict in favor of the fiduciary defendants—with an odd twist (or two). The suit against Yale University was one of the first to be filed in this area—and by Schlichter Bogard... READ MORE
What topics do you want to learn about at the NTSA Summit?   Don’t miss your chance to help us shape the agenda for the 2024 NTSA Summit—Feb. 25-27 in San Diego! What industry developments, trends, opportunities, and challenges do you want to learn about or share? Use our interactive online voting... READ MORE