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The SECURE Act was signed into law at the end of 2019. Among its many provisions was the ability to adopt a new profit sharing or defined benefit plan (including a cash balance plan) after the end of the plan year. The deadline to adopt a 401(k) feature did not change.Before 2020, an employer had...
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The Retirement Income Gap What can cause a shortfall? Social Security – Timing is Everything What happens if you claim early? Retirement Accounts What can employees do to boost their savings? Helpful Hints for Plan Sponsors Upcoming Compliance Deadlines The Retirement Income Gap Many American workers participate in company retirement plans, methodically contributing to their...
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The Employee Benefits Security Administration’s fiscal year coincides with that of the federal government – October 1 through September 30, and the numbers for 2017 are in, and have been reported by NAPA Net. Briefly, the agency’s total monetary recoveries for 2017 was $1.1 billion in direct payment to plans, participants and beneficiaries, vs. $777.5...
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Thanks to the changes resulting from the passage of the tax reform law, employee benefits programs are or will be improving. Willis Towers Watson, as reported in NAPA Net, surveyed over 300 large and mid-sized employers with 66% of those surveyed indicating they will probably be improving their benefits. Many companies have already done so....
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In a recent ThinkAdvisor.com report, Cerulli Associates for asset managers indicated that the “medium is just as important as the message when marketing to millennial investors. Younger investors need to be seen separately…it is crucial to identify products that are more likely to appeal to them…important differences can lie in the medium as much as...
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According to The Society of Actuaries’ most recent “Risks and Process of Retirement Survey”, there is a significant increase in consumers’ concerns about their finances both before and after retirement.  61% of pre-retirees indicated a sense of unpreparedness to handle expenses that could exhaust their assets in retirement. 47% of retirees also fell into this...
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Navigating Distributions Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) Hardships and Loans Terminated Participants Mandatory Cash-Outs Under the New Tax Law 401(k) Loan Payback Period gets extended! Recharacterizations of IRAs… Can I take a mulligan? Navigating Distributions The first quarter of the calendar year typically sees an uptick in the number of retirement plan distributions and participant loans....
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According to a recent study from Finhabits, the states with the largest concentration of Hispanic residents had the lowest participation in retirement savings, and less than 10 percent of small business workers in the five top Hispanic metro areas of the United States have access to employer-sponsored retirement savings accounts. The lowest overall participation rates...
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Workers Regret Not Saving More for Retirement: American Century Investments’ fifth annual Plan Participant Study indicated that roughly 90% of retirement plan participants articulated regret about their retirement savings habits. Those who reported having a “great deal” of regret — pre-retirees in the 55-to-65 age group — rose by 5% just in the past two...
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A recent TIAA’s report, “New Evidence on the Demand for Advice Within Retirement Plans” analyzed the use of advice in 23 of its plans between 2009 and 2014. They found that only 13% of participants sought out advice. They reported that asking for advice increases with age, account balance and annual contribution level. They also...
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