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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
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
The Department of Labor (DOL) sent a new version of a proposed fiduciary rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) late Sept. 8 for review.   Known officially as “Conflict of Interest in Investment Advice,” it would redefine fiduciary investment advice under ERISA. According to a post on... READ MORE
Taking action in advance to protect vital documents can be helpful when a disaster strikes, a principle that applies to retirement plans and administration as well as other records and functions, writes John Iekel in MarketBeat.  READ MORE
The month of August has come and gone. This may be one of the slower months of the year when it comes to legislative activities: there are currently only eight states whose legislatures are in session and Congress is on recess for the month. BUT—that didn’t stop us from moving some things forward... READ MORE
Running any employee benefit plan entails following certain rules—and it is always possible that at some point, a mistake will be made in running a plan. An expert offers his observations regarding mistakes that tax-exempt organizations (EOs) make with their 457(b) plans.  In a recent entry in the... READ MORE
In MarketBeat, Nevin E. Adams, JD, writes that he has been getting a lot of … comments …about his version of “retirement,” and includes discussion of allocations of revenue from retirement funds and factors that affect them. 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
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
Plan costs and an uncertain economic outlook are driving plan sponsors to look to digital recordkeepers, representing an opportunity to solve a need and unexpectedly disrupt the market, writes John Sullivan in MarketBeat. He discusses a report that shows retirement plan sponsors face more cost... READ MORE
The damage an overreliance on financial jargon can do to participant confidence and, by extension, a retirement professional’s business is well-documented, writes John Sullivan in MarketBeat. He continues that a new survey brings it into stark relief yet again. READ MORE
The NTSA 2024 Elite Advisor Awards nominations are open—but for just one day more! Nominate NTSA Financial Advisors with these attributes: best of the best innovative, unique, profound, successful educated, experienced, community-minded professionals specific, outstanding, unique... READ MORE
Cybersecurity—and its importance to retirement plans and savings—are top of mind. In MarketBeat, John Iekel covers Assistant Secretary of Labor Lisa M. Gomez’s suggestions on reducing the risk of fraud or loss to a retirement account. 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
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
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
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
The NTSA 2024 Elite Advisor Awards nominations are open. Nominate NTSA Financial Advisors with these attributes: best of the best innovative, unique, profound, successful educated, experienced, community-minded professionals specific, outstanding, unique accomplishments and/or contributions... READ MORE
Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a new feature, “Strategic Partner Corner,” which is intended as a means for professionals from NTSA strategic partners to share their insights and experience. It will appear occasionally in The NTSA Advisor.  Financial professionals should understand... READ MORE