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Paying their children’s expenses while caring for their parents, Gen X families are facing a precarious financial situation as they close in on retirement, a new report explains.   The study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), which examines key financial indicators of Gen X... READ MORE
In MarketBeat, Nevin Adams discusses some things that he argues plan fiduciaries of any plan size should be aware, and of which responsible plan fiduciaries should have a working knowledge. READ MORE
Cyber threats morph and evolve as quickly as the technology and data they compromise. In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses what speakers at SPARK’s national conference in Falls Church, VA suggested regarding ways to protect against them. READ MORE
A new study suggests that employers that focus on the financial well-being of their workers have a significant opportunity to improve employees’ financial health, while also benefiting their business.   Conducted by the Financial Health Network on behalf of Morgan Stanley at Work, the survey of 1,... 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. Following is a tip concerning... READ MORE
An annual bellwether report on corporate retirement plans finds that the retirement readiness for participants in those plans is brighter due to plan design enhancements and adoption of prudent investing practices.  In fact, the usage of automatic enrollment has tripled since year-end 2007 and has... READ MORE
The Department of Labor (DOL) is preparing to act on a variety of issues relevant to retirement plans and participants, according to a department official who offered an outline at a June 5 session of the SPARK national conference held in Falls Church, VA. Jeanne Klinefelter Wilson, Deputy... 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
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
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
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
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
Bipartisan legislation to create a new federal commission that would study and recommend ways to improve Americans’ retirement security has been reintroduced in the Senate. The Federal Retirement Commission Act, reintroduced May 14 by Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), would charge... 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
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
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
So is there a retirement crisis or not? House Budget Committee members and experts who testified before the committee on May 15 did not agree. But at least they did concur on one thing: the need to take action to bolster the retirement readiness of those who are not well-prepared. Testifying... READ MORE
Members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed hope May 14 that Congress would move quickly to approve the long-pending Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) before moving to the next round of broader retirement savings reforms.  “I’m hoping that the House will send its version of RESA... READ MORE
The number of women in the retirement plan industry is growing. Though still a male-dominated field, women are bringing their talents, skills and unique abilities to the table, and helping businesses thrive.   Help support female advisors and TPAs get to “WiRC” this summer at the 2019 Women in... READ MORE
The Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), part of the American Retirement Association (ARA), is giving retirement plan sponsors at nonprofit organizations an opportunity to participate in, and receive benchmarking data from, its annual 403(b) Benchmarking Survey. Embarking on its second decade,... READ MORE

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