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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 3 announced an enforcement and education initiative intended to help protect teachers and their assets, including retirement funds. The initiative augments the agency’s previous efforts in that vein with additional enforcement and investor... READ MORE
There’s that old caution about being a day late, and a dollar short – well, the plaintiffs in an excessive fee suit were two days late – and missed a key date. The plaintiffs here were participants in the Georgetown University 403(b) plan – who had been soundly rebuffed in January by U.S. District... READ MORE
It’s not exactly news that Americans are nervous about their retirement prospects – but a new study finds that a couple of key demographic groups are especially anxious. The 2018 Protected Lifetime Income Index study, “The Clock is Ticking: Generation X and the challenge of retirement readiness,” ... READ MORE
Plan fiduciaries and retirement plan committees would do well to consider the trends in the ways that retirement plan funds are invested and the behaviors and attitudes of plan participants. That’s the recommendation of a recent analysis that John Iekel discusses in MarketBeat. READ MORE
Can a frozen plan of an employer that is no longer an “eligible employer” still allow new loans from the plan? In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tells us. 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. This is the second installment of a... READ MORE
Attendees at the recent Plan Sponsor Council of America’s (PSCA) National Conference in Tampa got a sneak peek at the findings of the PSCA’s Inaugural Health Savings Account Survey. The general session panel – Kenneth Forsythe, Head of Product Strategy at Empower; and Glen Kvadus, VP at Optum... READ MORE
The Internal Revenue Service has announced updated deduction limits for high deductible health plans. For calendar year 2020, the annual limitation on deductions under § 223(b)(2)(A) for an individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan is $3,550, up $50 from the 2019... READ MORE
Many factors are in play when you’re designing retirement income strategies. In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent analysis from T. Rowe Price that argues that investors’ preferences and tolerance for risk should be most prominent. READ MORE
Is there a requirement that for non-ERISA Section 403(b) or Section 457(b) loans, the interest rate on the loan must be prime plus 2%? In Tech Talk, Sue Diehl tells us. 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. This is the first installment of a... READ MORE
While many employers offer 403(b) plans to employees, most do not adequately educate the employees on the importance of retirement savings or promote participation in the 403(b) plan as a valuable employee benefit. Many fail to recognize the correlation between higher participation rates and... READ MORE
First the Labor Department announced a target for a fiduciary rule redo – and now the Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a review of its Regulation Best Interest. The SEC has announced a meeting on June 5 where it “…will consider whether to adopt a new rule to establish a standard of... READ MORE
The federal government’s updated Spring 2019 unified regulatory agenda sheds some light on prospects for the Department of Labor’s next steps on a fiduciary rule revamp.  The DOL’s updated regulatory agenda confirms that the agency has set a target date of December 2019 to issue a Notice of... READ MORE
Absolute security is never assured. But one can take steps to increase the odds in one’s favor, and that includes retirement plans and preparing for a financially secure retirement. Jack VanDerhei, Research Director at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRA), speaking at the recent Plan... READ MORE
UPDATED MAY 24 AT 9:30 A.M. ET One of the most consequential pieces of retirement security legislation in more than a decade has been approved overwhelmingly by the U.S. House of Representatives.    In a May 23 House floor debate that featured much praise and few objections, the Setting Every... READ MORE
Problems may arise when employers change their plan’s TPA and do not notify the product providers, the plan participants or the former TPA. In the absence of such notification, all parties continue to interact with the former TPA, but plan transactions are not processed or approved. Delays occur,... READ MORE
Mothers give us a lot, not the least of which is life itself. But as I was reading through all the accolades on social media over the weekend, I couldn’t help but be reminded of all my mother gave me. As is the case in many families, “Mom” was our family’s CFO. See, like many in his generation, my... READ MORE
Despite a rocky end to 2018 and predictions of an impending recession, those who stayed the course were rewarded with a generous first quarter rebound on the 10-year anniversary of the stock market low. Buoyed by positive stock market performance as well as record contribution levels, Fidelity... READ MORE
It’s normal that firms extend more favorable terms and discounts to those who do business with them, but those practices can cause trouble when doing business with ERISA-governed plans. In MarketBeat, Nevin Adams takes a look at how.  READ MORE

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