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The Maryland Senate Finance Committee has overwhelmingly voted to recommend the rejection of a pending fiduciary bill. In fact, 10 out of the 11 committee members voted in favor of a motion to consider Maryland Senate Bill 786 – The Financial Consumer Protection Act of 2019 – as “unfavorable.”... READ MORE
The Oregon Retirement Savings Board (ORSB) on April 2 reviewed a proposal to change the rules and amend OregonSaves to allow a presumption of employer exemption. The Oregon Treasury filed the proposal on Feb. 16. It held a public hearing on the proposal on March 19 and accepted public comments... READ MORE
Ever since passage of the Economic Growth Tax Relief and Recovery Act of 2001 (EGTRRA), individuals who are age 50 or over at the end of the calendar year can make annual catch-up contributions – as much as $6,000 in 2019.  The provision was designed to allow workers to “catch up” on contributions... 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 Part I of a two-part series... READ MORE
Running and maintaining a plan can be complicated — and fiduciary rules are part of the reason. In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent blog entry that offers some suggestions regarding how to reduce the risk of making fiduciary errors in operating a plan. READ MORE
In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tell us whether a lump sum transfer from a top hat plan to another nongovernmental 457(b) would need to be delayed by 12 months if a plan requires a 12-month advance notice of any “method of payment” change (i.e., from installments to lump sum). READ MORE
New survey results show that nearly half of Americans incorrectly believe all advisors are legally obligated to act in a client’s best interest.   According to findings in Personal Capital’s 2019 Financial Trust Report, 48% of survey respondents mistakenly believe that all financial advisors are... READ MORE
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has signed legislation establishing a state-run retirement savings plan for private-sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement plan. Murphy signed the bill establishing the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program into law on March 28. The state... READ MORE
Today the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), part of the American Retirement Association (ARA), launches a new and innovative education program and credential: the Certified Plan Sponsor Professional (CPSP™). Developed by plan sponsors in collaboration with education experts at ARA and some... READ MORE
While noting that the case “presents novel legal questions concerning state-mandated retirement savings accounts,” and “implicates a significant body of judicial and regulatory interpretations of ERISA,” a federal judge has ruled – for the moment – that California’s state-run auto IRA retirement... READ MORE

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