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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. 

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.

Deep Dive into Executive Compensation: A Case Study

Newport Group helped a large conglomerate see the “big picture” of its executive compensation structure and provided a vision for long term improvements. 

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.

Hospital System Health and Welfare Plans Raise Unique Fiduciary Issues 

A group health plan is an employee welfare benefit plan established or maintained by an employer or by an employee organization (such as a union), that provides medical care for participants or their dependents directly or through insurance, reimbursement, or otherwise. Employers that offer health insurance benefits can either purchase health insurance from an insurance company (fully insured plans), or provide health benefits directly to employees (self-insured plans).
 

Long-Term Performance of General Account BOLI

Newport Group recently conducted a study of General Account BOLI policies to see how they performed versus comparable bank-eligible options. Find out how these BOLI policies fared.
 

Advisor Best Practices: Providing Fiduciary Education to Plan Sponsors

Many employers rely on a financial professionals to help select and monitor investment options for the retirement plan they offer to their employees. But being an advisor allows you to offer more than investment expertise and benchmarking support. You can also provide valuable assistance to your plan sponsor clients by educating them about their fiduciary responsibilities.
 

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