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May 2017

The First 100 Days Are Done. Now What?

My colleague, Jeff Snyder, recently appeared on an Asset TV panel to discuss the implications of President Trump’s first 100 days in office on retirement plans (for those concerned about the future landscape of retirement plans, I strongly suggest a viewing). The discussion highlights many of the re…

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Apr 2017

What’s Cooking in Congress for Retirement Plans?

On my new Twitter Feed, I post the best retirement content I see every day, so that you don’t have to read every article that arrives in your inbox.  One of my recent posts happened to come from my colleague, Jeff Snyder, who was fortunate enough to sit down with Preston Rutledge, Tax and Benef…

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06

Apr 2017

Fiduciary vs. Investment Manager: What’s the Difference?

In an environment of increased fiduciary litigation, advisors and other service providers have ramped up their marketing efforts to provide risk management services to plan sponsors. Such efforts have resulted in plan sponsor confusion as to the type of services that are being offered, as well as th…

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Mar 2017

The Skinny on State-Run Auto-IRAs

My colleague, Jeff Snyder, recently interviewed Lisa Massena, Executive Director of the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan. As you may be aware, Oregon is the first state in the nation to roll out a state-run auto-IRA program. The first employers will adopt the program this July, in pilot form.  …

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Feb 2017

Some "Top of Mind" Thoughts on the Fiduciary Rule Delay

While Trump’s Presidential Memorandum requesting the Secretary of Labor to analyze the Fiduciary Rule was not a direct request for a delay in the applicability date, his directive had the same effect. We are covering the delay extensively, most recently in this Compliance Alert as well as next week’…

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15

Dec 2016

My Letter to Santa

Dear Santa: Though I am not one to toot my own horn, I suspect that, based on my overall activity as a retirement plan consultant and our firm’s client satisfaction scores from the past year, I am a solid candidate for your year-end “nice” list.  As such, I would like to make the following h…

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Dec 2016

What’s All This Fuss About Church Plans?

One of the leading areas of retirement plan litigation of late involves religious hospitals that are being sued over the “church plan” status of their pension plans.  The lawsuits are complicated, but the fact pattern is generally the same: a religious healthcare organization has claimed “churc…

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17

Nov 2016

Trump and DOL Fiduciary Rule Déjà Vu

When it became clear that Donald Trump had been elected as our next president, I imagine that the first thought for many was, “What is going to happen to the DOL Fiduciary Rule?” Okay, maybe that was not quite the first thought!

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Nov 2016

A Closer Look at the 2017 Retirement Plan Limits

By now, you are likely aware of the 2017 retirement plan contribution, compensation, and testing limits. But what are the practical implications to retirement plan sponsors?  In this edition of Top of Mind, we take a closer look at the numbers and what they may mean to you. It was an odd yea…

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