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How Incentive Plans Can Drive Positive Results

An annual cash incentive plan can be a great motivator to drive organizational results. And it all begins with a good plan design.

Factors to Consider Before Executing a 1035 Exchange of BOLI Policies

Over the past two decades, Bank Owned Life Insurance (BOLI) has shown to be a great asset for banks, but occasionally a policy group may need to be replaced with a new product.  A replacement is typically executed via tax-free exchange under Internal Revenue Code Section 1035 (“1035 Exchange”). A 1035 Exchange should not be taken lightly, and there are many factors to consider before executing an exchange.

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. 

Newport Group in the Spotlight at NAPA's 2019
401(k) Summit

Newport Group's expertise will be front and center at the 2019 National Association of Plan Advisor's (NAPA) 401(k) Summit.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team: Kelly Jennings

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.

Potential Benefits of Consolidating BOLI Administration with
Newport Group

Bank-owned life insurance (BOLI) has been widely accepted by banks of all sizes for well over two decades, and the number of BOLI policies on bank balance sheets has increased steadily during that time. As of September 30, 2018, approximately 3,500 U.S. banks reported owning BOLI, which in aggregate totals over $190 billion of cash value.

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.

The Importance of Fiduciary Governance Advice for
Non-Qualified Savings Plans

Non-qualified plans are an excellent tool to help retain, attract and reward executives or highly compensated employees. These plans can provide participants additional tax-deferred benefits above the levels available in their 401(k) plan.

2018/2019 Compensation, Retirement, and Benefits (CRB) Trends Report

Newport Group's Compensation Consulting team has issued our 2018/2019 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.

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