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 Staff2/19/2015 • 0 Comments

Cincinnati's unfunded pension liability amounts to more than $860 million; a deal to address it is close to being struck, but that could be months away.

By NTSA Net Staff2/13/2015 • 0 Comments

Questions can arise about options for beneficiaries of 403(b) accounts. In this week’s MarketBeat, Ellie Lowder reviews the basics of beneficiaries’ rights to employer-sponsored retirement, as well as 457(b), plans.


By NTSA Net Staff2/13/2015 • 0 Comments

How to handle inherited IRAs and 403(b)s continues to generate questions, and in this week's Tech Talk Ellie Lowder answers further questions about them and the regulations no which their treatment is based.

By NTSA Net Staff1/12/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s MarketBeat, Ellie Lowder offers her ideas regarding questions an employer client may ask you about meeting the mandatory bonding requirements which must cover any employee handling plan assets. READ MORE

By John Ortman1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

The popularity of annuities featuring guaranteed minimum income benefit riders, or GMIBs, tends to surge following market downturns but during market advances, buyer’s remorse can set in. Integrity Wealth Management’s Mike Patton In a recent ThinkAdvisor post looks at how annuities with GMIBs work. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff12/30/2014 • 0 Comments

A majority of Virginia registered voters age 45 and older support a state retirement savings plan, according to a recent survey; part of the explanation may be the finding that many Virginians approaching retirement age do not feel confident about their retirement readiness.

By NTSA Net Staff12/19/2014 • 0 Comments

Kades-Margolis Corp. and Kades-Margolis Capital announced on Dec. 18 that the firms have joined U.S. Retirement Partners (USRP) as member firms. Kades-Margolis is a NTSA strategic partner; USRP specializes in employee benefit and retirement plans for public school systems and government offices. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff12/19/2014 • 0 Comments

Most employers sponsoring defined contribution plans — including 403(b) plans — that Towers Watson spoke to in its 2014 North American Defined Contribution Plan Sponsor Survey said they plan to do more to educate and inform employees in order to heighten employees’ knowledge about retirement planning and their readiness. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff12/17/2014 • 0 Comments

Many 403(b) plan sponsors actively recognize their responsibility for encouraging participants to save for their retirement, but there is room for improvement, according to a new Plan Sponsor Council of America study, “Attitudes Towards Retirement Readiness in 403(b) Plans.” READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff12/15/2014 • 0 Comments

Top-heavy testing, fiduciary liability, minimum participation standards, non-discrimination testing, contribution limits...the best — and the worst — of ERISA. Here's your chance to weigh in! READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff12/12/2014 • 0 Comments

While retirement savings grew to one third (33.7%) of all household investable assets at $13.9 trillion, retirement assets of consumers age 65 to 74 surged from $2.3 trillion to a new high of $3.5 trillion, and now constitute a quarter of total retirement assets, according to a new report. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/10/2014 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office in a recent report has highlighted one of the ways public- and private-sector deferred benefit plans differ — valuation. “Pension Plan Valuation: Views on Using Multiple Measures to Offer a More Complete Financial Picture” outlines and discusses these differences and their implications.

By NTSA Net Staff11/10/2014 • 0 Comments

Fewer defined contribution plan participants changed their asset allocations in the first half of 2014 than did so in 2013, according to a new report by the Investment Company Institute. The report includes 403(b)s in its definition of DC plans, and it includes annuities held by 403(b)s in its statistics concerning annuities. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff10/7/2014 • 0 Comments

If a church that sponsors a 403(b)(1) annuity and 403(b)(7) custodial account has a minister who is self-employed, can he participate in the church’s 403(b) plan? In this week’s Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder tells us.  READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff10/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Most 403(b) non-ERISA plans do not include employer matching contributions, which may decrease motivation for employees to enroll. But are there other ways to increase participation in such plans? In this week’s MarketBeat, Ellie Lowder has good news — there are, and she discusses them.  READ MORE

By Fred Barstein10/2/2014 • 0 Comments

Though markets averaged a 7.45% return from 2004-2012, unfunded liability of public pension funds tripled — to just under $2 trillion — over that same period, according to a recent Moody’s report. Along with trying to recover from the recent recession, public entities are simply not providing sufficient funding. 

By Ray Harmon9/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Secure Annuities for Employee (SAFE) Retirement Act (S. 1270) last year to reform the public and private pension systems and, amid recent retirement reform hearings on Capitol Hill, his public pension reform idea is now getting noteworthy support from an otherwise unlikely place: the left-leaning Urban Institute. READ MORE

By John Iekel8/19/2014 • 0 Comments

You provided an employee with a 15-year catch-up last year, but you find out that the employee was not eligible for it. Do you just distribute it as 1099 2014 income? Is it considered an excess deferral under Code Section 402(g)? In this week's Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder provides the answers and addresses the consequences. 


By John Iekel8/12/2014 • 0 Comments

Distinguishing who the fiduciary is within a 403(b) plan or other qualified plan is an important determination, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s an easy or clear determination. Quite the contrary: it is a highly confused, misinterpreted and somewhat gray area that many plan sponsors wish to forgo and would gladly delegate the role to another third-party. In MarketBeat, Kimberly Flett, CPA, QKA, QPA, discusses whether and how that can be done, and provides some common applications of the role of the fiduciary. 



By John Iekel8/12/2014 • 0 Comments

A school district decides to eliminate vendors and go to a single 403(b) plan provider. Can employees move the funds they have in the de-selected 403(b) plans to IRAs? Do the IRS regulations regarding this take into account that when an employer changes its pension plan, many times clients have the option to roll their funds into the new plan or to roll over to an IRA? In Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder explores the answers to these questions.  READ MORE

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