Technical Competence

Technical Competence covers the nuts and bolts of the 403(b) plan market, focusing on regulations at both the state and federal level, along with developments in public-employee plan management.


Technical Competence

Technical Competence

By Brian Graff4/26/2018 • 0 Comments

The 21st Century is nearly two decades old — so why are we still relying on 17th Century technology for critical participant communications? READ MORE

By John Iekel 4/26/2018 • 0 Comments

The latest installment of ERISA Tips discusses the disclosure requirements concerning the summary plan description (SPD). READ MORE

By John Iekel 4/26/2018 • 0 Comments

The Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust, which provides retirement plan coverage for employees in the Old Line State whose employers do not offer retirement plans, now has an executive director and CEO. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams4/26/2018 • 0 Comments

A key component of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposal designed to address investor confusion about their advisory relationships is the Form CRS Relationship Summary — though the proposal’s length makes for a daunting start. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff4/26/2018 • 0 Comments

A long-time proponent of the Labor Depatment’s fiduciary rule is planning to challenge the recent 5th Circuit decision to vacate the rule. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout4/25/2018 • 0 Comments

Speculation continues to swirl on whether the Department of Labor will appeal the ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacating the fiduciary rule, but time is running short. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff4/24/2018 • 0 Comments

Tech Talk addresses whether the holder of a 403(b) fixed annuity with a deemed loan against it can transfer the annuity and re-invest in mutual funds. READ MORE

By Joseph Caruso4/24/2018 • 0 Comments

State of the State Houses provides an update on the status of a measure before the Illinois legislature that is relevant to NTSA members. READ MORE

By John Iekel 4/24/2018 • 0 Comments

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program is now being tested by employers who volunteered to participate in a pilot program, Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs (D) announced April 18. READ MORE

By John Iekel 4/23/2018 • 0 Comments

The latest installment of ERISA Tips concerns the importance of understanding ERISA Section 404(c). READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 4/19/2018 • 0 Comments

Despite the 4-1 vote by the SEC to release for public comment its fiduciary proposals, the commissioners apparently (still) have issues with the current version. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo4/19/2018 • 0 Comments

The SEC commissioners voted 4-1 to release for public comment a set of proposals to “enhance the quality and transparency of investors’ relationships with investment advisers and broker-dealers while preserving access to a variety of types of advice relationships and investment products.” READ MORE

By Andrew Remo4/18/2018 • 0 Comments

Members of a House subcommittee pressed IRS representatives this week to explain their recent decision to dramatically increase the cost to small businesses of remedying retirement plan mistakes. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff4/17/2018 • 0 Comments

In MarketBeat, Robert Toth discusses how the tax reform law affects participant loans and the way ERISA’s fiduciary rules apply to loans and their administration. READ MORE

By Joseph Caruso4/17/2018 • 0 Comments

State of the State Houses provides an update on the status of measures before the legislatures of California, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland and New Jersey relevant to NTSA members. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff4/16/2018 • 0 Comments

In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl answers questions concerning vendors and investment arrangements that need to be listed on pre-approved 403(b) restatements. READ MORE

By John Ortman 4/16/2018 • 0 Comments

American Retirement Association CEO Brian Graff unveiled plans April 15 to address the expensive and outdated ERISA requirement to disclose information to 401(k) participants in paper form. READ MORE

By John Iekel 4/13/2018 • 0 Comments

The latest installment of ERISA Tips concerns QDIA regulations and fiduciary relief under ERISA Section 404(c). READ MORE

By Ted Godbout4/12/2018 • 0 Comments

New York State’s Attorney General reached agreement with several large mutual fund firms to make information relating to their actively managed equity funds readily accessible and is calling on others to follow suit. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams4/12/2018 • 0 Comments

Scottrade wants to make a federal case out of an administrative proceeding filed by Massachusetts alleging violations of internal policies adopted in anticipation of the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule. READ MORE

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