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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 Adams8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

It doesn’t take a lot of deep thought to determine the primary drivers of fees that are still largely based on asset size, but a new report takes a look at the “all-in” fees for 401(k) plans, and what drives — and doesn’t drive — those trends.

By Nevin Adams8/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Despite their lack of retirement savings, a new survey finds that Millennials feel more financially secure than any other age group.

By Nevin Adams8/22/2014 • 0 Comments

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

By Nevin Adams8/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Advisors know that wellness programs — and increasingly financial wellness programs — are all the rage in corporate HR departments across the country. But one recently drew the attention — and a lawsuit — from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

By Nevin Adams8/22/2014 • 0 Comments

With the official report not due until September, a draft report released by the Oregon legislature's Task Force on Oregon Retirement Savings offers a blueprint of a proposed new mandatory auto-IRA program for the state. 

By Nevin Adams8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

If you’ve been hiring, odds are you’ve stumbled across an embellishment or two. After all, a new CareerBuilder survey notes that 58% of hiring managers have caught a lie on a resume — and a third of these employers have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.

By Nevin Adams8/20/2014 • 0 Comments

Nearly 8 out of 10 investors say they are tapping into some form of financial advice in planning for retirement, but there’s a wide variety in how that is happening, and who is taking advantage of it, according to a new Gallup poll.

By Nevin Adams8/20/2014 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a request for information on the use of brokerage windows, self-directed brokerage accounts and “similar features” in 401(k)-type plans.

By Nevin Adams8/20/2014 • 0 Comments

Are 401(k) participants are more likely to have someone change the oil in their car than to have someone help them choose their 401(k) investments? That's what a new survey claims.

By Nevin Adams8/20/2014 • 0 Comments

While plan sponsors and workers are not always aligned on issues of plan design, a new survey finds agreement on the number one reason for lack of plan participation — a lack of understanding.

By Nevin Adams8/19/2014 • 0 Comments

NFP reports that it has added 53 new advisors, all members of RPAG, one of the largest independent retirement plan consulting groups in the country. The announcement comes less than a month after NFP announced that 401(k)Advisors and RPAG have been integrated into NFP

By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

The use of assumptions was the focus of a recent report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), which not only highlighted the assumptions used in two separate retirement studies, but illustrated a real problem with their results. 

By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

The Washington State legislature had the right to eliminate state employee pension increases that were approved during the stock market boom of the 1990s, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Aug. 14.

By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

With the ERISA fiduciary community still absorbing the impact of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the presumption of prudence standard for company stock in retirement plans, a federal appellate court has introduced a new and potentially complicating aspect to consider.

By Nevin Adams8/18/2014 • 0 Comments

How can the fiduciaries of terminated DC plans fulfill their obligations under ERISA to locate missing participants and properly distribute the participants’ account balances? That’s a question the DOL answered in a Field Assistance Bulletin last week.

By Nevin Adams8/15/2014 • 0 Comments

Seen those reports that Gen Xers’ retirements are looking to be even more bleak than that of Baby Boomers? Well, you might want to take another look. A new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) calls out two of those reports — one by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the other from Pew Charitable Trusts — for ignoring some pretty basic assumptions in their analysis.

By Nevin Adams8/15/2014 • 0 Comments

When it comes to benefit communications, traditional methods still dominate, but new digital delivery tools are expanding their reach, according to a new survey of employers.

By Nevin Adams8/6/2014 • 0 Comments

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) currently represent about a quarter of the nation’s retirement assets; and yet, despite an ongoing focus on the accumulations in defined benefit (pension) and 401(k) plans that have, via rollovers, fueled a significant amount of this growth, a detailed understanding as to how these funds are actually used during retirement has, to date, not been as well understood.

By Nevin Adams8/4/2014 • 0 Comments

While the prospects for “comprehensive tax reform” may seem remote in this highly charged election year, the current tax preferences accorded employee benefits continue to be a focus of much discussion among policymakers and academics. Retirement plan advisors might well be inclined to gloss over such things, but the reality is that those who write the laws and enforce the regulations that govern plan design and operation are listening — and listening with interest — to proposals that seem either to right “wrongs” (without costing money), or better still, proposals that claim to raise revenues.   

By Nevin Adams7/25/2014 • 0 Comments

In just a few weeks the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) will be making preparations to launch the 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS). It is, by far, the longest-running survey of its kind in the nation. Indeed, this will be its 25th year. Think for a moment about where you were a quarter century ago, what (or if) you thought about retirement, what preparations you had made … then consider for a moment what you have done in the years since.

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