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Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: President Macron’s Election in France: Impact on the French PE...

by Dechert LLP on

President Macron announced his will to conduct meaningful reforms which could have a significant positive impact on the economy and the French M&A market. ...more

Missing Participants – Out of Sight Out of Mind?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Imagine it’s March 31 and you are a retirement plan administrator. You have a participant who terminated employment 15 years ago. He turned 70½ last year and now you owe him his first required minimum distribution from the...more

Health Saving Accounts: An Underutilized Opportunity in a Time of Uncertain Healthcare Changes

by Dickinson Wright on

Regardless of whether there will be revisions to, repeal of, or no changes at all to the Affordable Care Act, patients will most likely continue to have a larger financial responsibility for their medical care. ...more

Absurd Things About 401(k) Plans That Are Actually True

by Ary Rosenbaum on

We drive on parkways and park on driveways. Cigarettes are sold in gas stations even though smoking is prohibited there. Fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing. Phonetic isn’t spelled the way it sounds. When it comes...more

IRS Retirement Plan Guidance Simplifies Pre-Approved Plans and Provides Roadmap for Individually Design Plan Conversion

by Benesch on

In Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS makes significant changes to the procedures that it will use in reviewing and approving “pre-approved” retirement plans. The revenue procedure applies to almost all types qualified...more

Draft tax legislation for 2017 released

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2017 Budget presented before Parliament on 22 February 2017, the draft tax legislation for the specific tax proposals was released on 19 July 2017 for comment. Comments should be made by 18 August 2017. ...more

Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

IRS Scrutiny of Plan Loans Increases, But IRS Provides Helpful Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has increased its level of scrutiny on the limitations imposed on participant loans from defined contribution retirement plans. Internal Revenue Code Section 72(p) generally limits a participant’s...more

Stuff in a 401(k) Plan That Doesn’t Look Right

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I always say that if things don’t look right even if they are, it will give people the impression that something is wrong. It’s similar to the expression of: “when there’s smoke, there’s fire.” A plan sponsor can’t afford to...more

Creating Content That Will “Click”

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In the old days, newspaper and television advertising were the way that you could get your message across to potential clients and sources for referrals. The only problem is that advertising was and is still cost prohibitive....more

Free Advice For 401(k) Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

They always say there is no such thing as a free lunch because most of the time, free has strings attached. Even when it comes to retirement plans, that free plan review is usually a sales pitch by a retirement plan provider...more

Calendar Year Plans Need to File Form 5500 by Monday, July 31, 2017

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: The Form 5500 is an annual report that must be filed for every employee benefit plan that covers 100 or more participants. For calendar year plans, these forms must be filed by July 31, 2017....more

Conservative Legislative Agenda Set Out in Queen’s Speech

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Following the UK general election on 8 June 2017, at which Theresa May’s Conservative party won the largest number of seats but lost its overall majority, the Queen’s Speech setting out the now minority Conservative...more

Pitfalls a 401(k) Sponsor Can Avoid With Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

While much of the focus concerning the liability of sponsoring a 401(k) plan is about plan expenses thanks to the many lawsuits filed against plan sponsors. However for most plan sponsors, the greatest liability they actually...more

If Timely Notice is Given, the Cost to Correct a 401(k) Exclusion Error May Be Reduced

by Dickinson Wright on

Occasionally, an employer may determine that it did not withhold deferral contributions for a new employee in accordance with the terms of its 401(k) plan. If the plan has an automatic enrollment feature, and the error is...more

Good Bets By A 401(k) Plan Sponsor That Will Limit Their Liability

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m not much of a betting man because I hate to lose. Some will say that playing the stock market is gambling, but shrewd, informed investment decisions usually do well in the end. Retirement plan sponsors can make bets that...more

Key Considerations for Asset Managers under the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 9, the long-anticipated compliance date for the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule arrived. As a result, many institutions and individuals, including asset managers of open- and closed-end funds,...more

How Plan Sponsors Can Avoid Cutting Their Nose To Spite Their Face

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I once worked for a man who was the type of person who wouldn’t have mind to have lost $5 to save $3. I was at a Synagogue where the fundraising chairperson would only always organize events at the very last minute and never...more

Documentation Relief For Hardship Distributions

by Fisher Phillips on

Retirement plans are permitted, but not required, to provide in-service distributions of elective deferrals to participants if they can show financial hardship, which is defined as a hardship that is “deemed to be on account...more

Compliance With the ERISA Fiduciary Advice Rule for Private Investment Fund Managers and Sponsors and Managed Account Advisers:...

The DOL's "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") will take effect on June 9, 2017. The DOL has published FAQs on the implementation of the Rule applicable to the period between June 9th and December 31st (the "Transition...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

We Didn’t Start The 401(k) Fire; It’s Always Been Burning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I live in Long Island, so I think by a local law, I have to be a Billy Joel fan. He’s not up there with Aerosmith, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac for me, but he’s up there. I know it’s blasphemy to say it, but I always loved...more

Using Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA Is A Big Mistake

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Like beating a dead horse, I will again say that it is a bad idea for plan sponsors to hire their payroll provider as their 401(k) third party administrator (TPA)....more

The Time is Right to Contact Recordkeepers About Hardship Substantiation

If your 401(k) plan recordkeeper has not talked to your company lately about hardship distributions, it may be time to reach out to the recordkeeper. The short story is that the IRS recently issued an internal memorandum...more

Simple Advice to Retirement Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I don’t know about you, most of the advice I got growing up was usually wrong. Maybe some very unsuccessful people surrounded me when I was younger, but advice can be biased and self-serving at times. The best advice I would...more

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