Products And Solutions

Products and Solutions covers news about new products, both in development and available in the marketplace, that are designed to help individuals achieve their financial goals — primarily in the area of retirement savings, but also in the broader wealth management area as well.

Products and Solutions

Products and Solutions

By NTSA Net Staff10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D) and State Treasurer Denise Nappier (D), who co-chair the Connecticut Retirement Security Board (CSRB) created earlier this year to come up with a plan, are looking for public comment on a market feasibility study on the feasibility of a state-sponsored retirement plan for all private sector employees. It is due to the legislature by Jan. 1, 2016.

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By NTSA Net Staff9/30/2014 • 0 Comments

Experience, it is said, is the most difficult teacher, because she always gives the test before she gives the lesson. Join us for a complimentary webcast on Friday, Oct. 10 from noon to 12:50 p.m. ET to hear NTSA Elite Advisor winners’ and nominees’ insights on how they overcame “shoulda, woulda, coulda...” to build successful practices. READ MORE

By John Iekel9/2/2014 • 0 Comments

Prospects for state and local employees’ financial security in retirement are better than that of their private-sector counterparts, according to a new paper from the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA). Nonetheless, the paper argues, steps still should be taken to improve their readiness.

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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. 

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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

By John Iekel8/4/2014 • 0 Comments

If you receive a request for a loan from a participant who finished paying off a previous loan from his 403(b) four months ago, can you permit a $50,000 loan from the account since he has no outstanding loans in any plans of the employer? In Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder addresses what can be done in such a circumstance. 
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By John Iekel7/25/2014 • 0 Comments

Suppose you have a client who is a pastor and receives total income of $87,000, $42,000 of which has been designated as housing allowance. Can the church contribute $52,000 for him in 2014?  READ MORE

By John Iekel7/22/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS and the Department of Labor are actively encouraging lifetime income and enhancing retirement security. The most recent part of that effort is a final regulation the IRS released that permits longevity annuities in retirement plans and IRAs. But will this guidance actually change participant behaviors? Or is it much ado about nothing? READ MORE

By John Iekel7/8/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has announced that its ERISA Advisory Council will be examining issues and considerations related to facilitating lifetime retirement plan participation. In explaining its rationale for doing so, it cites the recent movement of participant assets out of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, and into retirement accounts not covered by ERISA — such as IRAs or other savings accounts — or as plan distributions.  READ MORE

By John Iekel7/2/2014 • 0 Comments

The Treasury Department issued a rule July 1 that essentially allows employees to convert part of their IRA or 401(k) balances into a longevity annuity. Under the rule, an IRA or 401(k) can allow participants to use $125,000 or up to 25 percent of their IRA or 401(k) — whichever is less — to buy a longevity annuity. The dollar limit will be adjusted for inflation in $10,000 increments.  READ MORE

By John Iekel6/25/2014 • 0 Comments

That’s the specific — and implied — message of three experts offering their take on how to increase plan participation. TSA Consulting VP Steve Banks, Hendershot Financial Group’s Tom Hendershot and Teresa Ward, Retirement Plans VP at OppenheimerFunds, made their remarks to attendees at a June 23 session of the NTSA 403(b) Summit in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

By Steven Sullivan6/25/2014 • 0 Comments

Relying on the traditional methods for determining a client’s tolerance for risk can be risky in itself, according to Michael Kitces, speaking at the 2014 NTSA 403(b) Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 24. Kitces is a partner and director of research at the Pinnacle Advisory Group. READ MORE

By John Iekel6/9/2014 • 0 Comments

The federal government and U.S. workers agree that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a.k.a. Obamacare — will affect the timing of retirements. However, IFAwebnews reports that there’s a wide gap between what the government and many workers expect that effect to be, according to a survey conducted for MoneyRates.com. READ MORE

By John Iekel6/3/2014 • 0 Comments

Simplified investment platforms are becoming more common for 403(b) plans, and target date funds are among the most widespread investment options, according to the Plan Sponsor Council of America’s sixth annual 403(b) plan survey. The Principal Financial Group sponsored the study. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/13/2014 • 0 Comments

Can a 55 year old who retired three years before and who believes that he will not incur an IRS penalty on withdrawals from his 403(b) make them? Ellie Lowder has the answer in this week’s Tech Talk. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/12/2014 • 0 Comments

More than 1,000 school districts will be joining those whose 403(b) and 457(b) services are administered by The OMNI Group, an independent third-party administrator whose services include retirement plan administration. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/6/2014 • 0 Comments

The funded status of public- and private-sector pension plans is a classic example of bad news/good news. To wit: Some states’ pensions are in bad shape, but funding of public-sector pension plans overall is improving; corporate pensions’ funded status fell in April, but only very slightly.  READ MORE

By John Iekel5/3/2014 • 0 Comments

There are things you should do — and not do — in using social media. And it’s especially complicated for those in the retirement plan industry, since social media communications must comply with the rules promulgated by regulatory bodies and others. Join us for an upcoming webcast, “Realities of Social Media in a Regulated Industry,” on Thursday, May 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. 

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By John Iekel4/29/2014 • 0 Comments

TSA Consulting Group, Inc. announced April 29 that it has acquired the 403(b) Solutions Program from Security Financial Resources, Inc. The deal greatly expands the reach of TSA, a Fort Walton Beach, Fla.-based independent provider of retirement plan compliance and administration services whose clients primarily are public education employers.  READ MORE

By Fred Barstein4/19/2014 • 0 Comments

According to research by ING, plan participants who use TDFs are more confident about meeting their retirement goals. They also defer more and are less stressed. In an online survey of more than 1,000 plans conducted last September by ING, 54 percent of investors who chose TDFs said they are confident about meeting their retirement goals — compared with 41 percent of those who do not use TDFs. READ MORE

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