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The club of states adopting retirement plans that provide coverage for private-sector employees whose employers do not is becoming increasingly less exclusive. A recent study takes a look at how employers are responding.  In the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) paper “How Do Firms... READ MORE
They may be on almost completely opposite ends of the country, but Colorado and Maine are cooperating in offering retirement plan coverage to their citizens.  Colorado Secure Savings program and the Maine Retirement Investment Trust (MERIT) on Aug. 11 established a partnership to provide... READ MORE
Teachers at a recent hearing called on the Massachusetts legislature to investigate the effects of the federal Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).  The Joint Committee on Public Service July 25 held a hearing concerning Resolve S. 1656, which calls for an... READ MORE
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reviewed the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 403(b) plan oversight efforts and concluded better educational material is needed to inform plan sponsors and participants. “The DOL’s website does not contain targeted educational materials that could... READ MORE
Reenrollment is not a new practice, but it is getting some new attention. In a recent podcast, Nevin E. Adams, JD, former Chief Content Officer at the American Retirement Association, and C. Frederick Reish, a partner in Faegre Drinker’s Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group,... READ MORE
A study reviews data from two databases to see how (if?) retirement expectations have been impacted by the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Nevin E. Adams, JD, in MarketBeat.  READ MORE
Tech Talk discusses some of what the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has to say about fees for 403(b) plans, such as its finding that even seemingly small fees can significantly reduce participants’ retirement savings over time. READ MORE
To better support retirement savers, Vanguard and the Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) announced that they are expanding their relationship to include services to individual retirement account (IRA) holders.  According to the announcement, the expanded collaboration by the two firms will help... READ MORE
Voya Financial will serve as the recordkeeper for the new Secure Retirement 403(b) Pooled Employer Plan (PEP), the firm announced July 28. Launched by The Platinum 401k, Inc., the PEP apparently is the first 403(b) program to the market following enactment of the SECURE 2.0 Act late in 2022, which... READ MORE
The biggest surprise of Missy Matrangola’s tenure as 2023 President of the American Retirement Association’s Board of Directors?   “The variety that comes with it—we talk about legislation, conferences, budget, etc.,” she said. “And also, the fact that being the president of the American... READ MORE