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What 401(k) RESA Legislation Means for MEPs and PEPs

By Pete Swisher, CFP®, CPC, TGPC Senior Vice President, Pentegra Retirement Services By now the retirement industry recognizes that MEPs will play an expanded role in the future of the U.S. retirement system. The question for most retirement specialists is what to do about it….

The Fiduciary Standards Conversation is Just Beginning

The Fiduciary Standards Conversation is Just Beginning The DOL’s conflict of interest rules were vacated in their entirety on March 15, 2018 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but effectively kills the rules nationally)—though no…

Getting Ready for a PEP Rally!

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) June 18, 2020 request for information (RFI) on prohibited transactions involving Pooled Employer Plans (PEPs) is good news for plan sponsors and potential participants alike. As we wrote at the time of its passage, one of the major provisions…

SECURE – What It Can Mean for Small Businesses

Understandably, the global and national effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are top of mind today. But, now that we generally appear to be on the downside of the coronavirus’s curve, it is worth revisiting the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, and

ERISA-Related Lawsuits Beg the Question: How Much Is Too Much?

How much is too much? Recent Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)-related lawsuits have made the question “top of mind” for many in our industry. In one case, the Trader Joe’s grocery chain has been charged with “breaching its ERISA fiduciary duties in the management,…

Are More Modifications Needed Before We Feel SECURE?

When the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 was finally signed into law on December 20, 2019, it was a cause for celebration among retirement industry professionals everywhere. After all, the SECURE Act was the first major legislation for our…

Momentum Builds for Auto-IRAs

Momentum for government-facilitated automatic Individual Retirement Account (auto-IRA) savings programs appears to be growing – and, in our opinion, that is a very good thing. The programs are aimed at private sector workers without access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan to instead have access to…