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With one month of consumer price data left to go before a final determination, it appears there will be a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2024, but it won’t be nearly as high as the massive, inflation-fueled adjustment in 2023. According to just-released estimates by The... READ MORE
ERISA consultants at the Retirement Learning Center Resource Desk regularly receive calls from financial advisors on a broad array of technical topics related to IRAs, qualified retirement plans and other types of retirement savings and income plans, including nonqualified plans, stock options, and... READ MORE
For the first time in 10 years, nearly all developed countries, including the United States, received a higher overall score for retirement security over the previous year, but most Americans apparently aren’t feeling it, as other factors pushed the U.S. down in the rankings.   This is according... READ MORE
What's in the episode?: How do you expand retirement plan coverage for workers at scale (close the coverage gap), leverage the behavioral benefits of payroll deduction, and not place an undue burden on employers? One solution is increasingly effective—state-facilitated plans. Retirement policy... READ MORE
Noting that “a decision in this appeal has the potential to significantly affect Amici’s members, which include plan sponsors and fiduciaries…,” a group of industry trade groups has filed in support of fiduciaries and providers in a federal court. More specifically, the ERISA Industry Committee (... READ MORE
A recent MarketWatch article poses the intriguing question: “Why does TikTok hate the 401(k) so much?” Now, as social media platforms go, I’ve pretty much avoided TikTok. Oh, I’ve swung by it from time to time just to see what the “fuss” is, but generally speaking (and even in “retirement”), I’ve... READ MORE
The National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) has launched the NAPA Advisor Research Institute (NARI), a new and unique research arm dedicated to the retirement plan advisor industry, the organization announced Tuesday.  NARI is a strategic partnership between NAPA and the Retirement Leadership... READ MORE
Benefits play a major role in the employee experience, as most can attest to on a personal and professional level, but new research suggests that it’s simply not enough to make benefits available to employees. Instead, employers must go out of their way to educate employees about their benefit... READ MORE
The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration is seeking nominations to fill five vacancies to serve three-year terms on the ERISA Advisory Council, known officially as the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans. Nominations are being accepted for one... READ MORE
In further consolidation of the wealth management space, Dallas-based financial planning and wealth management firm Avantax has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cetera Holdings, expanding the firm’s wealth management ecosystem, as well as establishing a new strategic... READ MORE