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By John Iekel6/21/2016 • 0 Comments

There are plenty of financial pressures on DC plans, providers and sponsors. Not to mention the importance clients place on fees when considering whether to drop an investment manager. In a June 20 session at the 2016 SPARK National Conference held in Washington, D.C., Tom Kmak, CEO of Fiduciary Benchmarks, offered some ideas on how it can be addressed.

By Andrew Remo, John Iekel6/3/2016 • 0 Comments

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) on May 27 signed into law the legislation that establishes a state-run retirement plan.

By John Iekel5/26/2016 • 0 Comments

Some background information about state and local pension plans helps illustrate their struggles with funding and brings into sharper relief the importance of those plans, their solvency and strength.

By John Iekel5/24/2016 • 0 Comments

Increasingly, a plan’s digital platform is becoming participants’ main point of contact with the plan. What can consumer research tell us about doing a better job of fulfilling users’ digital expectations?

By John Iekel5/9/2016 • 0 Comments

Recent research about the development of annuity products and certain life insurance products used for retirement purposes provided food for thought at a May 6 session of LIMRA’s 2016 Retirement Industry conference.

By Ray Harmon, John Iekel7/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on July 9 vetoed the pension reform bill, which was designed to modernize Pennsylvania’s retirement systems in order to update the funding, sustainability and practices followed by the two main state pension funds.

By John Iekel6/18/2015 • 0 Comments

The June 17 Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee hearing provided ample illustration that the debate on the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal is far from over.

By John Iekel, Ray Harmon5/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pennsylvania Senate has approved SB 1, the measure that would reform the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System and the State Employees’ Retirement System; it is now before the House.

By John Iekel5/11/2015 • 0 Comments

The Illinois Supreme Court was of one mind on May 8, unanimously ruling that the state’s 2013 pension reform law violates the state constitution.

By John Iekel5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

In testimony at a recent hearing held by the Rhode Island House Committee of Labor, the American Retirement Association expressed strong support for a bill that would establish a private-sector employer IRA program in the Ocean State.

By John Iekel5/7/2015 • 0 Comments

Cyber attacks, and the threat they pose to firms that provide finance-related services and their clients, prompted the recent release by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management of some steps that can protect against them

By John Iekel4/30/2015 • 0 Comments

From coast to coast, cities figure prominently in the debate over — and problems facing — public pensions.

By John Iekel, Ray Harmon4/15/2015 • 0 Comments

State legislatures continue to be active in considering ways to improve and enhance the retirement readiness of their citizens. The latest: North Carolina and Maine.

By John Iekel4/14/2015 • 0 Comments

It’s been a long time coming, but after a nearly five-year odyssey the Department of Labor on April 14 unveiled a proposed regulation that redefines who a plan fiduciary is — and makes it clear that the Obama administration intends the rule to be a way to increase consumer protections for plan sponsors, fiduciaries, participants, beneficiaries and IRA owners.

By John Iekel4/9/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS recently issued a reminder regarding the importance of following the Universal Availability Rule on participation in 403(b) plans, and what an employer can do if it runs afoul of it.

By John Iekel3/30/2015 • 0 Comments

State revenues collectively exceeded expenditures in 2013 — the most recent year for which complete data is available — but that didn’t translate to widespread public pension health.

By John Iekel3/27/2015 • 0 Comments

The Nevada State Assembly is considering legislation that would establish a new retirement plan for new public sector employees and expand all public employees’ choices regarding how their retirement plan funds are invested.

By John Iekel3/25/2015 • 0 Comments

Oregon has joined the states that are weighing the establishment of a state retirement plan to cover private-sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement plan.

By Ray Harmon, John Iekel3/20/2015 • 0 Comments

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White confirmed March 17 that the commission will “implement a uniform fiduciary duty for broker-dealers and investment advisors where the standard is to act in the best interest of the investor.”

By John Iekel3/17/2015 • 0 Comments

The Treasury Department and IRS have invited recommendations on what the priority guidance plan for 2015-2016 should contain.

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