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The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has challenged a specific “pay for” provision in the SECURE Act. But they’re missing the big(ger) picture. One of the main reasons the SECURE Act passed the House of Representatives by the large margin of 417-3 was that, as the WSJ acknowledges, it was “... READ MORE
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
Pension plans managed by religious organizations in Rhode Island now must provide regular updates to participants on the financial health of the plans. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed a measure on July 2 setting that requirement into law. House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick)... 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
Making it possible for participants to take a loan from their retirement accounts is a common plan feature. But it also is not unusual for mistakes to be made concerning those loans. A recent article, as well as the IRS, offer some suggestions regarding how to identify and fix them, as well as... READ MORE
In MarketBeat, David Blask offers a discussion of how to handle distributions upon attaining age 59½; severance of employment; and due to death and disability. READ MORE
While most employers have adopted 403(b) plan documents, many have not shared those documents with the product providers, the financial representatives servicing the plan participants, the plan participants and in some cases, the plan administrator. Marketplace Issues This creates problems... READ MORE
The House Ways & Means Committee has voted to extend a vast array of individual and corporate tax provisions, including special disaster-related rules for use of retirement funds. Disaster Relief Assistance The Committee late June 20 approved the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act... 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
Tech Talk suggests why the administrator of a plan that allows a one-time election to postpone a distribution would not approve it.   READ MORE
The fire and ice of dragons in winter are  the stuff of mythology. But even the seemingly commonplace can incorporate a dash of mythology as well; in MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses what a speaker at the recent Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) annual conference outlined concerning myths... READ MORE
  Following House passage of the bipartisan SECURE Act last month, it looked like the legislation was headed for quick enactment. Since then, however, the realities of the Senate’s legislative process appear to have taken over.    A quick recap from where we last left off: On May 23, the House... 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
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 3 announced an enforcement and education initiative intended to help protect teachers and their assets, including retirement funds. The initiative augments the agency’s previous efforts in that vein with additional enforcement and investor... 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
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
Many factors are in play when you’re designing retirement income strategies. In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent analysis from T. Rowe Price that argues that investors’ preferences and tolerance for risk should be most prominent. 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. The following general concepts about... 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

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