Managing a Practice

Managing a Practice covers the ways that advisors can profitably and successfully run their businesses. It includes practical topics like business systems, advisor fees and client services, as well as professional development and growth strategies. Also covered are overall industry trends and ethics and compliance, as well the various service providers and vendors that advisors partner with to build, grow and manage their practices.

Managing Your Practice


By Andrew Remo4/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Legislators in the Bay State have been busy developing legislation that could affect the private employer sponsored retirement system should the bills become state law. READ MORE

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.
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By NTSA Net Staff4/2/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder tells us whether a provider is correct in applying pre-59½ withdrawal restrictions to the entire account value when a client exchanges a 403(b)(7) custodial account into a 403(b)(1) annuity. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff4/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Total U.S. retirement plan assets were $24.7 trillion as of Dec. 31, 2014, with DC plan and public-sector DB plan assets showing stronger growth than IRAs. READ MORE

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.”

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By NTSA Net Staff3/20/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder tells us whether a portion of a minister’s normal wage that is declared to be a housing allowance must be excluded from plan compensation for purposes of federal tax law. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/20/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s MarketBeat, Ellie Lowder tells us how top hat plans work under Internal Revenue Code Section 457(b). READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Americans strongly believe in and support saving for retirement, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re saving as much as they are projected to need in order to be financially ready for retirement, two recent studies indicate.
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By NTSA Net Staff3/13/2015 • 0 Comments

The Retirement Advisor Council announced on March 12 that it has developed a template request for proposal for institutions of higher education to use in searching for advisors for their retirement plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel3/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS announced on March 11 that it for the first time in two years it has updated the information package containing sample plan provisions concerning pre-approved 403(b) plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel3/12/2015 • 0 Comments

Most states are making a good faith effort to meet their annual required contributions to their state pension systems, concludes the National Association of State Retirement in a recent study.
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By NTSA Net Staff3/12/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s MarketBeat, Michael Webb provides an overview regarding the sections of the federal tax code apply to governmental plan sponsors, public school districts and public higher education organizations. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/12/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder tells us whether a former government employee needs a recurring contribution in order to fall under the Code Section 401(a) special pay provision. READ MORE

By John Iekel3/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Michigan’s state employee retirement plan could be paying out a sizable chunk more in benefits four years from now. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Retirees will need an average of $2.5 million to maintain the same quality of life in retirement, according to a recent Legg Mason survey READ MORE

By John Iekel3/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Floridians who take loans against their retirement plans have to pay a state tax on those distributions. But the Florida House of Representatives is considering a bill that could affect that tax treatment.
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By NTSA Net Staff3/3/2015 • 0 Comments

Public pension plans had a good month in February, according to BNY Mellon Investment and Strategy Group. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/3/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s MarketBeat, Robert Toth argues that addressing some of the more intractable daily 403(b) problems requires dealing with “small amounts” in former employees’ 403(b) annuity contracts.
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By NTSA Net Staff3/2/2015 • 0 Comments

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James on Feb. 26 introduced legislation creating a commission of experts to study the establishment of a pension fund for private sector workers in New York City.
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By NTSA Net Staff3/2/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS on Feb. 26 said in Revenue Procedure 2015-22 that it has updated user fees and the addresses to which applications for approval of pre-approved 403(b) plans are to be sent. READ MORE

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