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By Fred Barstein7/24/2014 • 0 Comments

The SEC adopted new rules affecting the $2.6 trillion money market industry July 23, imposing a floating NAV like other mutual funds rather than a fixed $1 value. The purpose of the rules is to alert investors about the risk of investments that were thought to be guaranteed. 

By Ray Harmon7/24/2014 • 0 Comments

In an opinion piece in July 22's edition of The New York Times, Gene B. Sperling, former Director of the Economic Council under the Office of White House Policy for President Obama, put on a white lab coat and diagnosed the tax incentive system for private retirement savings with a serious illness by cherry picking data points to paint his desired picture. 

By John Iekel7/24/2014 • 0 Comments

Is Washington obsessed with rollovers? Brian Graff, Executive Director/CEO of NAPA and ASPPA, thinks so. “There’s no one who doesn’t care about this issue. There is an obsession with the rollover issue in DC,” said Graff in NAPA's July 22 members-only webinar, “Washington Update: Rollovers, Rollovers, Rollovers — It’s All About Rollovers.” He and NAPA’s Director of Government Affairs Ron Triche discussed the ways in which rollovers are front and center on the federal radar screen. 

By Fred Barstein7/23/2014 • 0 Comments

In another indication of how mainstream and important 401(k) plans have become, Bloomberg has jumped into the market, ranking the plans of the 250 largest companies. Using 2012 DOL data, reporters used various criteria to review what’s offered to new employees — including match, investments, vesting and auto-enrollment. Biotech and energy companies ranked at the top, while retail companies were at the bottom. Big surprise.

By John Ortman7/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Retirement-sector veteran Nevin Adams will join ASPPA next month to head its rapidly expanding media and marketing businesses, including NAPA Net and NAPA Net the Magazine. Adams has been a Portal Conductor for NAPA Net since its launch in October 2012 and a columnist for the magazine since its launch in September 2013.

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