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By John Ortman | 12/8/2022
For years, one of the most persistent barriers to the smooth and efficient operation of many 401(k) plans has been the nature of the working relationship between the plan’s advisor and its third-party administrator, or TPA (note: a recordkeeper can be a TPA). When the advisor/TPA partnership works... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/6/2022
Choosing the right technology and integrating it into your practice smartly can turbocharge your business. At an April 4 workshop session at the NAPA 401(k) Summit, three tech-savvy execs explained how. The session, moderated by Tom Kmak, CEO of Fiduciary Decisions, featured Petros Koumantaros,... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/5/2022
What do the best advisors do that make them the best? A panel of former NAPA presidents shared their “secret sauce” at an April 4 general session at the NAPA 401(k) Summit in Tampa. The insider’s peek into a few of the things the four advisors do was moderated by a fifth NAPA president, Steven... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/4/2022
What should advisors be asking their TPAs? What should they be getting from them? What makes the difference between a good TPA and a bad one? And how can advisors and TPAs improve their working relationship and serve plan sponsors as a cohesive team? Those were just a few of the questions tackled... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/1/2022
The National Association of Plan Advisors welcomed Corby Dall as its 2022-2023 President at the opening session of the 2022 NAPA 401(k) Summit in Tampa on April 3. Dall is a senior vice president of OneDigital’s Retirement + Wealth division specializing in retirement plan consulting. Based in Salt... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/1/2022
NAPA 401(k) Summit attendees got a sneak peek at NAPA’s newest (K)RS credential currently in development on Day 1 of this year’s Summit.   The Rollover Specialist (K)RS Credential Program is being designed for wealth management and retirement plan advisors looking to hone their skillsets and... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 9/16/2021
The COVID-19 pandemic cast a spotlight on financial wellness as an essential workplace benefit. How can advisors identify and harness the opportunities created by the growing interest in financial wellbeing programs? In a Sept. 14 workshop session at the 2021 NAPA 401(k) Summit, three industry... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 9/14/2021
At a Sept. 13 workshop at the NAPA 401(k) Summit, two IT executives from CAPTRUST and Empower outlined their firms’ cybersecurity initiatives and shared tips for advisors.  Jon Meyer, Chief Technology Officer at CAPTRUST and Trish McGinty, Head of Cybersecurity Communications at Empower, were... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 9/14/2021
What do the most successful advisors do that you may not be doing? Three of them shared practice management secrets at a 401(k) Summit workshop Sept. 13. Your Personal Brand  If you engage with 401(k) plans on YouTube or Twitter, chances are you know Jeanne Fisher, Managing Director at Strategic... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 9/13/2021
At an opening-day discussion at the 2021 NAPA 401(k) Summit, a diverse panel of five advisors shared their experiences, challenges and successes—as well as ideas and tips for building a more diverse team. The advisory profession has long struggled with a lack of diversity in its ranks—an issue... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 9/12/2021
The retirement provisions in the Democrats’ Build Back Better legislation could create the biggest influx of plans and participants in the history of the retirement industry, industry leader Brian Graff believes. Graff, CEO of the ARA and Executive Director of NAPA, made his remarks at the opening... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 9/11/2020
What’s the best way to measure your success? Historically, advisors have used a fairly standardized set of benchmarks and metrics. At a workshop session at the 2020 NAPA 401(k) Cyber Summit, four industry execs suggested new ways of answering that question. The session was moderated by ProCourse’s... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 9/10/2020
“Diversity in the retirement plan industry is not just important, it’s vital,” says Pat Wenzel, Managing Director and Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Houston. Advisors deal with different kinds of people, Wenzel noted in a Sept. 9 workshop session at the 2020 NAPA... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 12/12/2019
The IRS has extended by 2 years the deadline for amending pre-approved plans to adopt provisions allowed in last September’s final hardship withdrawal regulations. The extension is set forth in IRS Rev. Proc. 2020-09, issued Dec. 12. The final regulations on hardship withdrawals specified that... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 10/23/2019
Carol Weiser, Benefits Tax Counsel at the Treasury Department, announced some good news about the deadline for amending plans for the newly final hardship withdrawal regulations at the ASPPA Annual Conference on Oct. 22. Timing of Amendments for Final Hardship Regulations Appearing at the... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/20/2018
The 2018 NAPA 401(k) Summit, held April 15-17 in Nashville, got rave reviews from attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike. This year’s attendance totaled over 2,000, including about 1,100 advisors from across the country.You can get a taste of the five general sessions and 29 workshop sessions (... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/17/2018
Did you ever walk out of a meeting with a prospect saying to yourself, “Man, I crushed that!” – only to wonder a week later why they won’t return your calls?At the NAPA 401(k) Summit, T. Rowe Price’s Joshua Dietch asked that question as he launched a panel discussion featuring three plan sponsors.... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/17/2018
Jack Towarnicky, Executive Director of the Plan Sponsor Council of America, shared some highlights of the organization’s recently completed 2017 Annual Survey of Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans in an April 16 workshop session at the NAPA 401(k) Summit.Joined by moderator Doug Prince, CEO of... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/16/2018
The National Association of Plan Advisors welcomed Jeffery Acheson, CPFA, as its 2018-2019 President at the opening session of the 2018 NAPA 401(k) Summit in Nashville April 15.Acheson has nearly 40 years of experience with advising and educating clients, providing industry leadership and building... READ MORE
By John Ortman | 4/16/2018
NAPA Executive Director (and American Retirement Association CEO) Brian Graff unveiled plans April 15 to address the expensive and outdated ERISA requirement to disclose information to 401(k) participants in paper form.“Today the American Retirement Association is starting a campaign to finally get... READ MORE