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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…

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…

Getting Ready for a PEP Rally!

…of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 was the creation of the PEP, which allows unrelated employers to collectively participate in a retirement plan that is professionally run. As with the Multiple Employer Plan (MEP), the economies of scale…

The Growing Use of Collective Investment Trusts in Retirement Plans

Collective Investment Trusts (CITs) have recently gained significant traction in the plan sponsor community. What are CITs? Unlike mutual funds, CITs, also known as commingled or collective funds, are pooled investment vehicles organized as trusts and maintained by a bank or trust company. CITs are…

Enhancing Your Bank’s Competitive Position with an Executive Benefit Plan

Enhancing Your Bank’s Competitive Position with an Executive Benefit Plan What is one of the keys to creating a lasting competitive advantage for any community bank? Attracting, retaining and rewarding the employees you need in order to ensure your success. Today, with unemployment rates trending…

Pentegra at 75: Still Going Strong

…the past 75 years, as has the community we serve. In fact, Pentegra wasn’t even Pentegra until 1993; we started off as the Retirement Fund of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, having been established by that system to administer a defined benefit pension trust…

Rapid Pace of Legislation in 2020 Could Be Eclipsed by This Year’s

2020 was an unusually busy year … and not just for the most obvious reasons. Legislatively, the retirement savings industry was faced first with the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act – actually signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019 — the…

The “Definitive” List of Best States to Retire In

Many retirees seek to relocate after their careers are over, for a variety of reasons: Wanting to downsize, to live in a community of like-minded (and similarly aged) people, or moving closer to (or, in some instances, further away from) family and friends. But, assuming…

The Importance of Retroactive Adoption of Retirement Plans

Implicit in planning for retirement is looking ahead. But thanks to the SECURE Act and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it can pay to look to the past as well. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 allows an employer…