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Nov 2018

Compliance Alert: The New Hardship Regulations are Here!

As you may be aware from our prior Top of Mind blog entry, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (more commonly known as the tax reform bill) changed a number of hardship distribution provisions, effective 1/1/2019, that would be applicable to all plans that permit distributions on account of hardship.

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Nov 2018

Compliance Alert: IRS Announces New Retirement Plan Limits for 2019

On November 1 2019, the IRS announced the new 2019 retirement plan limits. The good news is that the applicable cost of living index did increase sufficiently for many standard limits to increase for 2019. The elective deferral limit under 402(g), for example, increased by $500 to $19,000 ($25,000 i…

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Oct 2018

Case Study: Glens Falls Hospital

For many years, Glens Falls Hospital, a not-for- profit community hospital located in Glens Falls, New York, has been a diligent fiduciary steward of their retirement program, all with a keen eye on the overall goals of their plan.

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Oct 2018

Retirement Plan Auto-Portability

Retirement plan auto-portability has been popular in retirement media lately, due in large part to the firm that has pioneered the concept, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH). But what exactly is auto-portability and does its effectiveness live up to the hype?

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Oct 2018

How Changes in the Housing Market Can Affect Retirement Savings

According to the Federal Reserve, household net worth, or the value of all assets less liabilities, rose by nearly $2.2 trillion in the second quarter to a record $106.9 trillion. In many cases, a large percentage of this increase in net worth has been driven by home ownership and rising real estate…

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Oct 2018

Chart of the Month: Stock Valuations are Stretched by this Measure

One of Warren Buffett’s favorite valuation measures, Stock Market Capitalization to Gross Domestic Product, is flashing a warning sign for stocks. This simple valuation measure is used to assess whether a country’s stock market is overvalued or undervalued, compared to its historical average

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Sep 2018

Chart of the Month: Percentage Change From 52-Week High

As the S&P 500 Index soared to an all-time high in August amid further gains in the economy and booming corporate profits, a quick snapshot of other asset classes reveals significantly diverging performance over the past 52 weeks.

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