Topic: Retirement Plans

The Growing Dilemma: Debt and Financial (In)security in the United States

Personal financial stress in the United States continues to create concern and awareness of economic instability. What makes up the debt and how does it differ from the past?

Qualified Plan Cross-Selling and Its Impact on Fiduciaries

It is no secret that retirement benefit plan cost structures have been under intense scrutiny in recent years. Across the board, plan fees have seen a marked decrease which is positive for plan participants and their retirement savings. With these fee compressions, retirement industry service providers with multiple financial services business units have been searching for alternate revenue streams to fill the void. Plan fiduciaries need to evaluate and understand what is being done with plan participant data, as well as the solicitation practices associated with these non-plan products and services.
 

How to Find, Fix and Avoid Plan Loan Mistakes

Plan loans are a popular feature of 401(k) and other retirement plans. Workers may be more likely to save for retirement in an employer sponsored plan if they know they can access their savings during their working years. And if they do need to do so, a plan loan enables them to restore their savings, with interest, back to their retirement plan account.

Now May Be a Good Time to Talk About the “Maybe” Notice

Mid-year offers opportunity to check in with your 401(k) plan clients to see how their plans fared on mid-year testing. These test results don’t count against the plan in any way, but they are a helpful gauge of whether the plan could fail nondiscrimination testing at year end–when there are consequences for failed testing results. 

Student Loan Benefit Program

This white paper examines IRS Private Letter Ruling (PLR 201833012), issued May 22, 2018. In the PLR, the IRS ruled that a student loan repayment (“SLR”) program included in an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan did not violate the “contingent benefit” prohibition of Code Section 401(k)(4)(A).

Hardship Distribution Rules Are Changing

Workers who save for retirement in their employer’s 401(k) plan generally don’t have access to their savings until they change jobs or retire – unless they suffer a financial hardship.

Student Loan Obligations Foster New 401(k) Innovation

Abbott Laboratories secured a Private Letter Ruling (PLR) from the IRS, allowing them to make an employer contribution to their 401(k) plan on behalf of employees who are making student loan payments.

Hardship Distribution Rules are Changing and How a 3(16) Administrator Can Help

Most 401(k) plans allow plan participants to access their retirement savings while they’re still working if they have a significant financial hardship. Recent legislation and subsequent IRS guidance have changed the rules governing these hardship distributions.

Enhancing Online Security for Our Clients

At Newport Group, we take the online security of our clients and their participant retirement accounts very seriously. Data security requires continuous adaptation, as the nature of online threats changes over time. Here are some of the recent protocols we have put in place to help prevent unauthorized access to participant data.

IRS Reminds Sponsors to Keep Records for Hardship Withdrawals and Plan Loans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded retirement plan sponsors to keep certain records in regards to hardship withdrawals and plan loans.

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