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June 24th, 2015
On the Beat: CPAs Observe Increased Fraud
Financial fraud and abuse targeting older Americans is on the rise, a new report suggests, and the top sources of fraud might surprise you. Almost half of certified financial planner professionals have seen evidence of increased elder fraud and financial abuse during the last five years, as shown by a new survey from the American Institute of CPAs. Read more >
Liability Protection for Plan Sponsors
It starts with identifying plan fiduciaries, formally defining their roles in writing, and training them to properly perform their functions, says Barb Van Zomeren at Ascensus in Brainerd, Minnesota. Read more >
Personal Analysis Needed for Faculty Reluctant to Retire
The retirement patterns of senior faculty are an issue of ongoing interest in higher education: If a significant share of tenured faculty works past “normal” retirement age, challenges can arise for institutional leadership. Read more >
IRS Publishes Information for Cycle E Plan Restatements
The Internal Revenue Service has released subject matter packages that employee plans specialists use when reviewing retirement plan documents. Plan sponsors and adviesrs can also use these packages as a review tool before submitting a determination letter application to the IRS. Plans in Cycle E submit determination letter applications for their plans beginning February 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016. Read more >
Wait, SECURE 2.0 Might Not Pass?
Asset Managers Scramble to Offer In-Demand Investment Vehicles
Experts: More Hackers Going After Retirement Savings
401(k) Robo-Adviser Blooom Shuts Services, Sells Tech to Morgan Stanley
Near-Retirees May Be at Risk for Retirement Income Shortfall
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2015 Participant Survey
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Investor Confidence at 7-Year High
U.S. investor confidence reached a seven-year high in the second quarter, with the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index registering +70 in May. For some perspective, the index had a baseline score of +124 when it was launched in October 1996. Read more >
S.F. Firm Rolls Out Simplified 401(k) Solution
ForUsAll has created a simple and inexpensive 401(k) product for small businesses with 3(16) and 3(38) fiduciary services. Read more >
Manning & Napier Releases QDIA Sync
A fee tool from Manning & Napier helps advisers consider a retirement plan’s demographics when selecting a target-date fund TDF for their plan clients, considering five key population metrics: age characteristics, risk appetite, savings levels, outside sources of retirement income, and participant behavior in terms of when they are most likely to exit the TDF. Read more >
Anova Consulting Expands with Three Hires
Louise Revers, Laurie Grabner and Mardan Flynn have been named to new positions at Anova Consulting Group, a market research and consulting firm serving the retirement space, based in Brookline, Massachusetts. Read more >
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