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Managing Editor John Ortman

John Ortman

John is ASPPA’s Director of Communications. He has primary responsibility for all content on the NAPA Net portal, overseeing the Portal Conductors and ensuring that appropriate editorial standards are met. He also writes for the portal and the NAPA Net Daily e-newsletter.

John’s career as a writer, editor, journalist and publishing executive spans more than 20 years, with a focus on HR, employee benefits, retirement plans and benefit sales. He’s served as Editor in Chief at Employee Benefit Advisermagazine and as Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief at Thompson Publishing Group, where he launched the company’s pension and benefits product line. He’s also been a freelance writer and editor and a publishing consultant.

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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.

By John Ortman4/16/2015 • 0 Comments

The financial services industry may well have gotten a sneak peek recently at how Democrats — including the party’s nominee for president — may well use financial industry reforms as a campaign issue in 2016.

By John Ortman3/26/2015 • 0 Comments

The 2015 NAPA 401(k) Summit, held March 22-24 in San Diego, got rave reviews from attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike. You can get a taste of the five general sessions and 24 workshop sessions at this year’s Summit from our coverage of the event, which we have compiled here.

By John Ortman3/25/2015 • 0 Comments

Sometime this year we'll pass a milestone: For the first time in history, there will be more Americans over 65 than there are under 15.

By John Ortman3/24/2015 • 0 Comments

Americans are currently saving about 50% of the extra money in their pockets resulting from lower energy prices — but don't expect that to last long.

By John Ortman3/22/2015 • 0 Comments

Do you want to just build a job for yourself? Or do you want to create something valuable that outlasts, or even outlives, you?

By John Ortman3/19/2015 • 0 Comments

The 2015 NAPA 401(k) Summit opens this Sunday and runs through Tuesday. We’ll be there covering the high points of the Summit’s five general sessions and 24 workshops.

By John Ortman1/26/2015 • 0 Comments

In a recent ThinkAdvisor column, the always-insightful Michael Kitces offers his take on the three biggest challenges facing financial advisors this year.

By John Ortman1/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The NAPA Net Daily will not publish on Martin Luther King Day. We’ll return on Tuesday.

By John Ortman1/14/2015 • 0 Comments

As we reported last month, Nationwide settled a 13-year-old revenue sharing lawsuit for a whopping $140 million. FRA PlanTools’ David Witz suggests seven steps advisors should take to mitigate their litigation risk in the wake of the settlement.

By John Ortman1/12/2015 • 0 Comments

Alternative funds have grown from $33 billion to $456 billion in the last 10 years, according to Lipper data. But their lack of liquidity may spur new rules from the SEC, as the commission’s chair Mary Jo White noted in a speech last month.

By John Ortman1/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Long-term U.S. Treasury bonds were up 3% in the first week of January, following a blowout 2014 in which they rocketed up 30% — one of the five best years of all time. So are investors, wary of a meltdown in the stock market, missing a ‘melt-up’ in long bonds?

By John Ortman1/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Which will do better over the next 20 years: large cap or small cap stocks? Growth or value? Paul Merriman is calling out John Bogle on his recent prediction that the answer is large caps and growth stocks.

By John Ortman1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

In one of the first acts of the new Republican-controlled Congress, the House of Representatives adopted a rule change Jan. 6 that directs Congress’ legislative analysts to incorporate the economic effects of major legislation into their official cost estimates of proposed legislation, including future tax reform bills.

By John Ortman1/7/2015 • 0 Comments

In a departure from its approach in the past, FINRA’s annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter for 2015, issued Jan. 6, said that brokers can avoid compliance problems by acting in the best interests of their clients — a standard of fiduciary duty beyond the suitability standard.

By John Ortman1/6/2015 • 0 Comments

Okay, so it’s definitely too early in the new year to designate the coolest new web thingy of 2015. But if we’re compiling candidates, the “Build Your Own Public Pension Plan” online simulator just unveiled by the Urban Institute gets to be first on the list.

By John Ortman1/5/2015 • 0 Comments

The popularity of annuities featuring guaranteed minimum income benefit riders, or GMIBs, tends to surge following market downturns like in 2000 and 2008. Conversely, during market advances like we’re seeing today, buyer’s remorse can set in as annuitants eyeball alternative investments with much lower fees.

By John Ortman12/30/2014 • 0 Comments

For the last three years, a NASA satellite has been tracking the spread of Christmas lighting from 512 miles up. According to the orbital images, nighttime lights around many major U.S. cities shine 20% to 50% brighter during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. 

By John Ortman12/29/2014 • 0 Comments

‘Tis the season for a lot of things: mistletoe, eggnog, ugly holiday sweaters and overproduced halftime shows, to name just a few. Also predictions for next year and beyond. Here are a handful you may have missed while you were otherwise occupied.

By John Ortman12/23/2014 • 0 Comments

For nearly 30 years, singer Darlene Love helped bring the holiday spirit to the Late Show with David Letterman by singing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," a modern holiday classic she first sang on Phil Spector’s iconic 1963 album, A Christmas Gift for You.

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