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 NTSA Net Staff5/21/2015 • 0 Comments

In MarketBeat, Michael Webb examines the changes IRS guidance made to EPCRS regarding autoenrollment, and their impact on 403(b)/457(b) plan sponsors.

By NTSA Net Staff5/19/2015 • 0 Comments

In MarketBeat, Ellie Lowder discusses the IRS' assertion in two newsletters that failure to properly document hardship withdrawals or home loans is a qualification failure. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff5/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration has asked the Office of Management and Budget to extend for three more years authorization to gather information through the Form 5500. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff5/12/2015 • 0 Comments

Standard & Poors has put Illinois on credit watch in the wake of the state Supreme Court overturning the state's pension reform law. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

In MarketBeat, Mike Webb makes some observations regarding the impact of the DOL's proposed fiduciary rule that expands the definition of who a fiduciary is and attempts to broaden the scope of its fiduciary oversight. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff5/7/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS has put in place new ways to correct elective deferral errors in 403(b) and 401(k) plans; accordingly, it updated its webpage and included coverage of these changes in Issue 2015-5 of Employee Plans News. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff5/4/2015 • 0 Comments

In Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder tells us whether an employer can control where a former employee can roll his 403(b).

By NTSA Net Staff4/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced April 28 that she has launched an investigation into the rewards and incentives that annuity providers offer to brokers and dealers who sell annuities to families and small investors.

By NTSA Net Staff4/29/2015 • 0 Comments

A recent Federal Reserve report says that state and local governments are increasingly turning to DC plans. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff4/28/2015 • 0 Comments

In MarketBeat, Diane Capone provides some basics on the process an ERISA fiduciary plan sponsor needs to follow in order to comply with their obligations to an ERISA 403(b) plan.

By NTSA Net Staff4/24/2015 • 0 Comments

In Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder explains differences between the rules for withdrawal restrictions concerning 403(b)(1) annuities and 403(b)(7) custodial accounts. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff4/21/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s MarketBeat, Farhad Mirzada provides an overview of the deadlines for corrections when 403(b) plans fail actual percentage contribution nondiscrimination failed tests.


By NTSA Net Staff4/14/2015 • 0 Comments

A recent study suggests that longevity may not have as severe an effect on state and local governments’ pension plans as you might think.

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.

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.”


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

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