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Nevin Adams


Nevin is the Portal Conductor of the Industry Trends & Research station.

He is ASPPA’s Chief of Communications and serves as Editor in Chief of NAPA Net and NAPA Net the Magazine.

Previously he was the Employee Benefits Research Institute’s Director of Education and External Relations, Co-Director of EBRI’s Center for Research on Retirement Income and Director of the American Savings Education Council. 

Nevin spent a dozen years as Global Editor-in-Chief of PLANSPONSOR magazine and, as well as the PLANADVISER Europe and PLANSPONSOR Europe magazines. He was the creator, writer and publisher of’s NewsDash, and was instrumental in launching the publication’s popular and distinctive conference series.

He also worked at Northern Trust in Chicago in a variety of management roles, culminating in the development of a proprietary recordkeeping platform, and at Wachovia Bank, leading their defined contribution/recordkeeping businesses. 

He has been honored three times by the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) with their Media Recognition Award (in 2002, 2004 and 2013), and was listed as one of the Most Influential People in Defined Contribution by the 401kWire for five consecutive years.

By Nevin Adams9/18/2014 • 2 Comments

Much is said and written about the demise of DB plans, but a recent House subcommittee hearing was focused on ways to help sustain the programs still in place.

By Nevin Adams9/17/2014 • 2 Comments

Apparently the ghost of Mitt Romney’s IRA continues to haunt Capitol Hill — and, if the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has his way, retirement savings will be on the tax reform agenda.

By Nevin Adams9/15/2014 • 0 Comments

With employer stock holding no longer “presumed” to be prudent, a federal appeals court has vacated the dismissal of a stock drop suit against Lehman Brothers, re-opening the case.

By Nevin Adams9/15/2014 • 0 Comments

In response to concerns that tomorrow’s retirees will run short of money, we are often told to save more, to work longer, or — as often as not these days — to work longer and save more. Certainly working and saving longer can do wonders in terms of stretching your retirement nest egg.

By Nevin Adams9/12/2014 • 0 Comments

Pension plan sponsors got some much-anticipated guidance from the IRS on Sept. 11. The good news: The IRS has provided a number of options as part of the guidance on pension funding stabilization under the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (HATFA). The bad news: Most plans will only have until the end of the year to choose. 

By Nevin Adams9/11/2014 • 0 Comments

When it rains, it pours — in a single week we now have an announcement of a second congressional hearing on retirement plan issues. Both hearings are slated for next week.

By Nevin Adams9/8/2014 • 0 Comments

A class action lawsuit brought by plan participants, a retiree and a plan fiduciary claims that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway broke a promise it made as part of an acquisition agreement not to cut benefits.

By Nevin Adams9/5/2014 • 0 Comments

The cost of living when you retire is greatly influenced by the cost of where you’re living when you retire. While many wind up retiring where they lived previously, it’s a factor that advisors — and those they advise — should consider in retirement planning.

By Nevin Adams9/5/2014 • 0 Comments

A new report from the Federal Reserve finds that while retirement plan participation remained relatively flat over the past three years, the median and average value of those retirement plan accounts rose “substantially,” according to the report.

By Nevin Adams9/5/2014 • 0 Comments

Have you heard this one? “Only about half of working Americans are covered by a workplace retirement plan.”  Sure you have. It’s a statistic that is widely cited and reported, both in the mainstream press and on Capitol Hill.

By Nevin Adams9/4/2014 • 0 Comments

Odds are, over the years you’ve been asked to do some “weird” things by your boss — and maybe you’ve found yourself in the position of making some odd requests of your staff.

By Nevin Adams9/3/2014 • 0 Comments

Earlier this summer the Treasury Department issued new regulations encouraging longevity insurance within DC plans and IRAs — but will that make a difference?  

By Nevin Adams9/2/2014 • 0 Comments

August looks to have been a good month for 401(k) participants. For individuals in the EBRI/ICI database during the month, the average account balance rose 4.4% for participants ages 25-34 with one to four years of tenure (and consistent participation since 2012), while the average account balance also rose 2.6% for participants ages 55-64 with 20-29 years of tenure.

By Nevin Adams9/1/2014 • 0 Comments

Things you might have missed — but shouldn’t. Highlights from last week’s NAPA Net Daily include:

By Nevin Adams8/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Little did I know as a college student in 1974 that the newly-signed ERISA law — and the structure it provided to the nation’s private pension system — would, in the years to follow, play such an integral role in my life.

By Nevin Adams8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

What happens to executive retirement benefits when employers close or freeze their defined benefit pension plans? What if that plan is a hybrid or cash balance plan? And what does that mean for advisors?

By Nevin Adams8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

A new report offers a global perspective and some key findings on the challenges and opportunities of various retirement markets. The study, published by consultant Ernst & Young, highlights not only challenges, but some potential retirement and business opportunities as well.

By Nevin Adams8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has blocked the claims of several hundred 401(k) participants seeking to recover money invested by their retirement plans with Bernie Madoff’s investment firm.

By Nevin Adams8/28/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has offered some "friendly" advice to the U.S. Supreme Court as it considers a review of a high-profile 401(k) fee case. In a "friend of the Court" amicus brief filing, the DOL said it thinks that the high court should weigh in on the statute of limitations issue presented in Tibble v. Edison -- but not on the issue of reviewing an alleged breach of duty in administering the plan in accordance with its terms.

By Nevin Adams8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

It is routinely reported that 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every day, and yet surveys continue to indicate that Americans plan to postpone retirement. This raises the question: are more older Americans working?

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