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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.

By Andrew Remo7/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Congress is expected to wrap up its business for the summer in the next two weeks as members continue to work through an extremely limited set of issues in which the two parties can find common ground in this election year. 

By John Ortman7/22/2014 • 0 Comments

The list of the five most-read posts on NAPA Net last week included The IRS’ decision to withdraw a proposed amendment to the IRA rollover regulations, responsibility for filing the Form 5500, today’s NAPA webcast on rollovers, wrongdoing by public pension managers and commentary on Nobel Laureate Robert C. Merton’s prescription for fixing the 401(k) system.

By John Ortman7/22/2014 • 0 Comments

The final votes are in on the voting tool we’re using to help choose workshop sessions at the 2015 NAPA 401(k) SUMMIT. 

Recent Columnist Articles

Case of the Week: Excluding Part-time Employees from a 401(k) Plan

Responding to a question from an advisor in Maryland, the ERISA consultants at the Columbia Management Retirement Learning Center Resource Desk addressed a common inquiry related to employee eligibility for deferring into a 401(k) plan.
Routing ‘Slips’

As a growing number of Americans near, and head into, retirement, policymakers, retirement plan advisors, plan sponsors and individual workers alike increasingly wonder — will Americans have enough to live on when they retire? Unfortunately, as a recent EBRI publication notes, the answers provided are as diverse, and sometimes disparate, as the projection models that produce those results.
Market Corrections and Whistling by the Graveyard

A recent article in The New York Times, “Fund Investors Basking Under Many Clouds,”  considers what seems to be complacency on the part of  “investors who have displayed a growing appetite for risk and a striking lack of concern about any reversal of fortune.” 

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