White Papers

A Prudent Approach to Evaluating Target Date Funds

Target date funds provide unique challenges for evaluating and monitoring to meet the standards of ERISA. Learn about the extensive protocol designed by Newport Group.
 

Department of Labor Loosens Restrictions on MEP 401(k) Defined Contribution Plans

Small and mid-size businesses now have greater access to defined contribution retirement plans under regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on July 31, 2019. The regulations, which loosen prior restrictions on multiple employer plans, take effect on September 30, 2019. The DOL regulations permit employers to connect with associations of employers in a city, county, state or multi-state metropolitan area in order to offer defined contribution retirement benefits to employees. Employers also have the option of banding together by industry to achieve the same purpose.

Actuarial Services for Cash Balance Plans

As a type of defined benefit pension plan, cash balance plans can help employers attract and retain employees through enhanced benefit security, and maximize annual tax-allowable contributions to “qualified” deferred compensation arrangements through current (versus future) tax deductions.

Hiring an Independent Fiduciary for a 401(k) Plan Company Stock Fund

Common Questions from Plan Sponsors and Plan Committees

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?

Rabbi Trusts

Employers that sponsor non-qualified deferred compensation plans may choose to set aside funds in order to create a pool of assets that can be used to pay benefits that have been promised to executives.

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).

Multiple Employer Plans: A Low-Cost Retirement Plan for Your Small Business Clients

According to the Department of Labor (DOL), as of March, 2018, approximately 85% of businesses with 100 or more employees offer an employment-based retirement plan. However, only 53% of businesses with fewer than 100 do so. 

 

Combining Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Plans

Creative plan design can help reduce expenses and achieve contribution goals for owners.

Terminating and Liquidating a Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code") requires deferred compensation to be paid under written agreements specifying both the time when payments commence and the form of payment. Section 409A prohibits earlier payment under an "anti-acceleration" rule. 

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