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Where do things stand regarding retirement assets and plan participation in the United States? Two agencies give us a look.  Assets U.S. retirement assets as of New Year’s Eve in 2022 stood at a total of $37.8 trillion, says the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in U.S. Retirement Assets: Data... READ MORE
In 2023, CalSavers was beset by the summer doldrums. The CalSavers Retirement Savings Board reports that this last summer, the program grew by some measures, but remained stable or even shrank slightly by others.  Employer registrations were lower at the end of summer than they were at its start;... READ MORE
The Student Loan Payment Matching Contribution provision in SECURE 2.0 is one of the most asked-about new features in the law. This is particularly true among our public education clients who are looking for ways to attract and retain teachers, which continues to be a problem for districts... READ MORE
The 21st century industrial revolution mass-produces information but also makes it an individual experience, John Iekel writes in MarketBeat. One of the vehicles for that information is apps—but how interested are participants different generations in that form of access? READ MORE
Tech Talk discusses the circumstances under which a 403(b) plan may qualify for a safe harbor exemption and, therefore, not be subject to ERISA. READ MORE
If you made an error with IRA contributions or discover one, there still is time to correct them. But not much time—the deadline for fixing those mistakes is Oct. 16, 2023.  Among the errors that could cause someone to seek to make an adjustment, observes Sarah Brenner, Director of Retirement... READ MORE
The NTSA is a champion of choice in the public education market segment.  Over the years the NTSA’s advocacy for maintaining multi-provider relationships in public education 403(b) plans tended to be reactionary (i.e., when a school district issues an RFP seeking a single provider solution). The... READ MORE
Registration is open for the 2024 NTSA Summit! The conference—Feb. 25-27 in San Diego, CA—is the only industry event designed for 403(b) and 457(b) professionals. But that’s not all! It will include: Tailored general sessions, workshops, and up to 12 continuing education (CE) credits A... READ MORE
Social Security—often cited as a “third rail”—has been a staple of the retirement landscape for almost 90 years. But that doesn't mean that it’s free of misconceptions; in MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent commentary that highlights some to avoid. READ MORE
Tech Talk discusses which agencies other than the Department of Labor and its Employee Benefits Security Administration have a role in regulating and overseeing 403(b) plans or investment options provided to participants. READ MORE