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 NTSA Net Staff1/26/2015 • 0 Comments

Teacher retirement funds in North Dakota seek the state’s assistance to bolster their solvency, a marked contrast to the state of things in neighboring Montana, where the financial condition of teacher retirement plans has rebounded. READ MORE

By John Iekel1/26/2015 • 0 Comments

State and local retirement plans will be able to cover qualifying public charter school employees without adverse consequences if regulations the IRS proposed on Jan. 23 are adopted.
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By NTSA Net Staff1/26/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s MarketBeat, Diane D. Capone takes a look at exchange-traded funds and self-directed brokerage accounts and the challenges they present to the 403(b) plan sponsor. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/26/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder provides information about the registration requirements for new third party administrators in California. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/20/2015 • 0 Comments

The curtain appears to be far from closing on the drama surrounding the New Jersey pension system as state Assistant Attorney General Jean Reilly argued before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson the state can’t be compelled to make contributions to the state’s pension system. READ MORE

By Chris DeGrassi1/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Folks involved with the State of the Union address have indicated that President Obama will speak to the “retirement advice loophole." This is the administration signal that they are moving forward with the proposed Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary reg. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Retirement readiness is an increasing concern among 403(b) plan sponsors. In this week’s Marketbeat, Michael Webb examines retirement readiness and how advisors and plan vendors can help. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo1/16/2015 • 0 Comments

With President Obama poised to deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, a powerful coalition of retirement, union and so-called consumer protection groups have launched a new attack on retirement plan advisors. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/14/2015 • 0 Comments

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) is arguing that the Land of Lincoln has “police powers” that allow it to change a contract in extraordinary circumstances, including changes to the state’s public pensions contained in a 2013 pension overhaul. READ MORE

By John Iekel1/13/2015 • 0 Comments

Overall, 75% of the states have passing grades regarding their public pension plans in the Urban Institute’s latest rating of public pension plans in all 50 states; still, it also draws attention to plenty of red flags. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/12/2015 • 0 Comments

A client who is being sued by her ex-husband for child support wants to claim financial hardship for legal fees. In this week’s Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder reviews the safe harbor rules for hardship withdrawals. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/6/2015 • 0 Comments

There is further to go in building the solvency of the Colorado public employee pension system and one way to accomplish that is through more cautious investment practices, said state Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R). Stapleton in a Jan. 4 interview on Colorado Public Radio (CPR). READ MORE

By John Iekel1/6/2015 • 0 Comments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) agree that the state's public pension system needs to be fixed. But implementation of steps to get there is another matter. READ MORE

By John Iekel1/5/2015 • 0 Comments

Illinois has become the first state to put in place a state-run retirement plan in which private-sector employees can participate. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on Jan. 4 signed into law SB2758, the measure that creates the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program.
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By NTSA Net Staff1/5/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder gives us the answers regarding how California Insurance Code Section 770.3 applies to 403b investments through payroll deduction at school districts. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/5/2015 • 0 Comments

In this week’s MarketBeat, Kimberly Flett points out that there are some positive implications as well as some limitations to such contributions after-tax conversions from a 403(b) plan to Roth accounts. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/5/2015 • 0 Comments

The third quarter of 2014 brought good news and bad news for the 100 largest public pension plans in the United States.
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By John Iekel12/30/2014 • 0 Comments

The Pennsylvania Employee Retirement Commission’s recently issued report has some good news for Pennsylvania public pension plans, but also shows that there is more work to do. READ MORE

By John Iekel12/30/2014 • 0 Comments

California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is in trouble, but the measure state of California enacted to restore CalSTRS to health is a bitter pill for some school districts.
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By John Iekel12/30/2014 • 0 Comments

Six California superior court judges have filed suit against the state of California, State Controller John Chiang, the Judicial Council and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) over the application of a state pension reform act to them. READ MORE

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