Jan-feb 2009

2009 ERISA Compliance Calendar for DB/DC/403(b) Plans

Every retirement plan adviser knows that the year is full of various compliance deadlines imposed on these programs by the Department of Labor (DoL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and other government agencies under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Bear Market

Fund fees expected to drop, study says

“Broken” Record

There's been a lot of press devoted lately to the "failure" of the 401(k)

Changing Times

Is it possible to change the matching contributions under a safe harbor 401(k) plan?

Fiduciary Investment Advisors

Mark Wetzel, Michael Goss, Karen Paulson, Kate Fournier, Ryan Gardner, Chris Kachmar, Tony Tranghese, Bill Peck Windsor, Connecticut

IRS Issues Final 409A Relief Procedures

Almost one year to the day after Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials first proposed a series of procedures for correcting income inclusion issues with additional taxes under Section 409A, the IRS released the final version of the correction programs.

Just in Time

IRS offers relief for 403(b) written plan document requirement

Mark Temple

O'Hanlon Michener & Douglas, NRP Slingerlands, New York

Pensionmark Retirement Group

(Troy Hammond, Laura Battle, Devyn Duex, Deanna Bamford, Mike Woods, Daren Alcantar, Denisse Hernandez) Santa Barbara, California

Reform School

The K-12 market segment responds to Internal Revenue Service regulations

Size Matters

Benchmarking a plan against comparable ones gives you a true indicator of success

Talking Points

Tired of giving the same old presentations? Use these nuggets of information to spruce them up.

The World Turned Upside Down

The current turmoil threatens broker/dealers as more advisers think about going independent—when the market improves

Through the Looking Glass

As 2009 rolled in, I think there were hopes that the financial services world would say goodbye to the problems of 2008.


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