ERISA litigators need to eat and once they exhausted much of the fee litigation prior to the implementation of fee disclosure, they needed something else to sink their teeth in. Then we got cases regarding using the wrong...more
In This Issue:
- How A Plan Provider Can Lose Clients in 7 Easy Ways
- Being a long term Plan Provider can be a bad thing too
- Advisors should help grow Client's assets
- Be accountable as a Plan...more
Lack of clarity causes frustration. The topic of how to properly allocate the pretax and after-tax amounts attributable to distributions from qualified plan accounts that include Roth 401(a) accounts or after-tax accounts has...more
The terms 401(k) and individual retirement account (IRA) are bandied about quite a bit when discussing retirement planning, but what are the actual differences between the two? The main distinction is that a 401(k) -- named...more
The percentage of workers who participate in a retirement plan increased in 2013 for the first time since 2010, according to a report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Participation rose to 40.8...more
One of your company’s 401(k) investment fund options is underperforming. Or, perhaps the fund is no longer appropriate for your employees. Or, perhaps a fund’s wildly successful fund manager has jumped ship to another fund...more
Did the Supreme Court legalize same-sex marriage?
On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States denied review of seven petitions challenging federal court of appeal rulings in the Fourth, Seventh, and...more
Retirement Plan Limits
- The following limits apply to retirement plans in 2015:
- The limit on elective deferrals under 401(k) and 403(b) plans has increased to $18,000 in 2015.
- The annual limit on...more
Every year, about this time, the IRS calculates the cost of living increases, and determines whether the change is enough to trigger an adjustment to the statutory limit/threshold for various areas, including retirement...more
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015.
The elective deferral (contribution) limit...more
If you are a financial advisor, more assets under management equal more money. So that means a financial advisor working in their 401(k) plan space should do their best to making sure that their Plans get bigger n the asset...more
Dumb Mistakes that 401(k) Financial Advisors Should Avoid -
Stuff to think about.
We all make mistakes, well except my mother. There are mistakes we make that we think are pretty good in hindsight, but end up...more
The named beneficiary of an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or Roth IRA inherits a golden egg —an asset with uniquely valuable characteristics. In June, however, the United States Supreme Court in Clark v. Rameker issued...more
When we were children, our mothers told us stories that we believed to be true because we always believed what our parents were telling us was the truth. Part of growing up is realizing that a good chunk of what your mom told...more
The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on October 2, 2014 in the case of Tibble v. Edison International, for the narrow purpose of reviewing the holding by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the statute of limitations...more
In Tatum v. RJR Pension Investment Committee, No. 13-1360 (August 4, 2014), a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that, if the plaintiff in an ERISA fiduciary breach case proves that the...more
The Third Circuit has affirmed dismissal of all claims against the insurer in a 401(k) excessive fee suit, rejecting arguments that the insurer is an ERISA fiduciary for its product's fees, even where the service provider has...more
Keep those Plan documents and amendments.
You will always need them.
Plan sponsors aren't the greatest keeper of plan records because as a plan fiduciary, they think they get too many reports, prospectuses,...more
As baby boomer business owners begin to retire, many will want to monetize the value they have created in their businesses. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is one alternative. The ESOP alternative, authorized by the...more
Los Angeles partners Fred Reish and Bruce Ashton authored a White Paper titled, “Creating Sustainable Retirement Income in 401(k) plans Using Managed Risk Funds,” for Milliman, Inc.
The White Paper discusses how 401...more
Editor's Overview -
As the summer draws to a close, no one would fault you if you missed the Fourth Circuit's decision in Tatum v. RJR Pension Investment Committee, which was published on August 4th. However, plan...more
Regardless of the business you’re in, one of the worst thing you can do in being the decision maker for your retirement plan is that you know better than most retirement plan professionals.
No plan sponsor likes to get...more
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued updated guidance on locating missing participants in a terminated defined contribution plan. The guidance reflects the discontinuance of the IRS and SSA letter forwarding...more
You Might Have a Problem With Your Retirement Plan When....
Things to look for.
There are so many situations when you know you have a problem like when you forget to shut off the stove before you left home or when...more
The IRS is seeking comments on rules that permit sponsors of 401(k) plans to reduce or suspend safe harbor contributions in the middle of the plan year. As we wrote in a previous alert, under rules issued in November of 2013,...more
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