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Department of Labor to Review Disability Claims Regulations

The Department of Labor recently delayed the effective date of final disability claims procedures regulations. This is to give the Department additional time to review the regulation under Executive Order 13777, which directs federal agencies to review existing regulations and make recommendations regarding those that can be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome.

Meet the Team

Three questions with Bill Ryan, President and Chief Fiduciary Officer of Newport Trust Company.

2017/2018 Compensation, Retirement, and Benefits Trends Report

Newport Group's Compensation Consulting team has issued our 2017/2018 CRB Trends Report. It features key survey data as well as commentary and analysis of the latest trends and strategies for managing compensation, retirement and benefits programs. Click here to read our Executive Summary.

Required Minimum Distribution Rules Refresher

Most retirement plans require savers to begin taking annual distributions when they reach age 70½, including 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, governmental 457(b) plans, SEP IRA plans, SIMPLE IRA plans, and traditional IRAs.1 These plans hold primarily pre-tax contributions with tax-deferred investment earnings, so the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules ensure these tax-sheltered savings ultimately become taxable.

2018 IRS Pension Plan Limits

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service publishes updated dollar limitations for tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans. The limits are important for tax-qualified plans, as well as many non-qualified plans.
The IRS announced that there will be cost of living adjustments to certain of the qualified plan limitations for 2018.

Tax Equivalent Returns Using BOLI

A typical BOLI transaction today would result in a tax equivalent yield in excess of 6% depending on carrier, product type and premium account.

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.

The 2017 Edition of Current Practices in Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation

Newport Group's 2017 edition of Current Practices in Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation summarizes important issues and trends in non-qualified benefit plans. It reflects data compiled from nearly 11% of Fortune 1000 companies about how they structure, administer, and assess the success of their non-qualified plans.

Tax Reform Update

Not much has been accomplished this year on tax reform. Congressional Republicans and the Administration have yet to agree on basic tax reform parameters: whether the legislation must be revenue-neutral or can be a net tax cut, which revenue offsets should be included, and whether tax reform must be permanent. House and Senate Republicans and the Administration are currently in negotiations they hope will result legislation to be released in September.
 

Newport Group Earns Top Industry Recognition

Newport Group was recently ranked among 50 firms featured in an annual list of top recordkeepers by Plansponsor magazine, the industry's leading publication.

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