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Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

By Nevin Adams5/11/2015 • 0 Comments

This is the time of year when graduation speakers seek to influence and inspire graduates. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Bipartisan legislation backing S-Corp employee stock ownership plans has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Think you’ve had a bad week? It could have been worse. Check out what happened to these guys…. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Many questions remain about the Department of Labor’s fiduciary reproposal, and it seems as though more emerge every week. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams5/7/2015 • 0 Comments

Apparently the poorer and younger you are, the more likely you are to be interested in a QLAC. But if you have a retirement plan of any kind, not so much. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams5/5/2015 • 0 Comments

For all the graduates out there, here are some things I wish I had known when I entered the workforce.

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By Nevin Adams5/4/2015 • 0 Comments

With publication of the Labor Department’s fiduciary reproposal, we now have some answers — and some more questions — about the what, when, who, how and how much this might impact. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams5/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Think you’ve had a bad week? It could have been worse. Check out what happened to these guys…. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams5/1/2015 • 0 Comments

It may not be for everyone, but for most of this week’s NAPA Net survey respondents, the best career choice was to be an investment manager. READ MORE

Fred Barstein

Fred Barstein

Fred Barstein

By Fred Barstein5/5/2015 • 0 Comments

UCLA Professor Shlomo Benartzi argues in a recent Harvard Business Review article that how we present information digitally has a dramatic impact on investors, and could affect the fiduciary landscape for plan sponsors. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein5/5/2015 • 0 Comments

In another sign of record keeper consolidation, NADART, the retirement plan offered by the National Automobile Dealers Association, has announced that it is exiting the 401(k) plan business and moving all plans to Empower-Retirement.

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By Fred Barstein5/4/2015 • 0 Comments

You may not see them at industry conferences and they may not be quoted regularly in the press, but there’s no question that there are more young advisors working in our industry these days. Here’s why.

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By Fred Barstein5/1/2015 • 0 Comments

While advisors are positive about the business — which is booming for experienced plan advisors — concern about the DOL’s proposed fiduciary reg and fee compression seem to cloud the future. READ MORE

Mike  Bushnell

Mike Bushnell

Mike Bushnell

By Mike Bushnell5/7/2015 • 0 Comments

Writing in the Spring 2015 issue of NAPA Net the Magazine, columnist Fred Barstein asks whether automation will diminish the value of plan advisors, casting them aside the way many travel agents were. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell5/7/2015 • 0 Comments

A new study reports that Americans are more committed than ever to save money for their retirement, and with Millennials and Gen Xers expressing record levels of concern about the future of Social Security, more workers are feeling like they have no other option. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell5/5/2015 • 0 Comments

As globalization and capitalism have spread throughout the world, so has the concept of phased retirement. According to a new HSBC study on worldwide retirement trends, what workers hope to do as they get older varies widely continent by continent. READ MORE

John Carl

John Carl

By John Carl5/5/2015 • 0 Comments

Responding to a question from an advisor in Massachusetts, the ERISA consultants at the Learning Center Resource Desk addressed a common inquiry involving Roth IRAs vs. designated Roth contributions in 401(k) plans. READ MORE

Brian Graff, Esq.

Brian Graff, Esq.

Brian is the Executive Director of NAPA. In this capacity he oversees NAPA’s operations. As a member of the Leadership Council, he charts the strategic direction for the organization. Brian also serves as ASPPA’s Executive Director/CEO — a post he has held since 1996.

He has been named one of 401kWire’s “50 Most Influential Persons in the 401(k) Industry” every year since 2007.

An attorney and certified public accountant, Brian was formerly Legislation Counsel to the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, he was associated with The Groom Law Group, in Washington, DC, which specializes in employee benefits. He received his doctoral degree in law, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor of science in accounting with distinction from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

By Brian Graff, Esq.5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Registered investment advisors may be thinking that the Department of Labor’s proposed “conflict of interest” regulation doesn’t have an impact on them. After all, they are already fiduciaries acting in the best interest of their client. READ MORE

Jeffrey Hemker

Jeffrey Hemker

By Jeffrey Hemker5/5/2015 • 0 Comments

Last holiday season my wife gave me a wonderful gift — a Fitbit. It’s a small device you wear or carry all day to count how many steps you take and how many calories you’re burning. I was skeptical to say the least. READ MORE

John Iekel

John Iekel

John Iekel

By John Iekel5/7/2015 • 0 Comments

Cyber attacks, and the threat they pose to financial advisory firms and their clients, prompted the recent release by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management of some steps that can protect against them. READ MORE

John Ortman

John Ortman

By John Ortman5/7/2015 • 0 Comments

Next week NAPA Net will move to a new publishing platform. As part of the transition, look for an email entitled, “Important Information About Your NAPA Net Account.” The email will provide a new username and password for your NAPA Net account. After logging in with the new information, you can reset your password and update your email delivery preferences and contact information. READ MORE

NAPA Net Staff

NAPA Net Staff

By NAPA Net Staff5/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but economic necessity isn’t enough to trump pension benefits, at least not in the Land of Lincoln. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Envestnet Retirement Solutions (ERS) announced May 7 that Securities America, Inc. will offer its more than 2,000 independent advisors access to ERS’s leading retirement advisor workstation. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Eighteen Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have urged the DOL to extend the comment period for its April 14 “conflict of interest” rule from 75 days to 120 days. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

In testimony at a recent hearing held by the Rhode Island House Committee of Labor, the American Retirement Association expressed strong support for a bill that would establish a private-sector employer IRA program in the Ocean State. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/6/2015 • 0 Comments

The employer match has proven to be a powerful draw over the years — but a new survey suggests there are limits. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/6/2015 • 0 Comments

Though it sometimes seems that there are an infinite number of ways in which you can run afoul of fiduciary responsibilities, there are some relatively simple steps that could substantially minimize employers’ fiduciary risk. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/4/2015 • 0 Comments

A bipartisan bill to encourage the creation of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/4/2015 • 0 Comments

A recent update of DC plan statistics suggests that loans, withdrawals, contributions and asset allocations were largely unchanged in 2014. But is that a good thing? READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/4/2015 • 0 Comments

It’s Small Business Week, and the IRS has issued a reminder about a special penalty relief program for certain required retirement plan returns — and it could be useful for your plan sponsor clients. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff5/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Average 401(k) balances bounced back in April, but it was new money that did the heavy lifting. READ MORE