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In the Pursuit of Domestic Tranquility – Matrimonial Attorneys Should Follow the Bouncing Beneficiary Designations by Andrew L. Oringer, Albert Feuer

Andrew L. Oringer and Albert Feuer have made available their article, “In the Pursuit of Domestic Tranquility – Matrimonial Attorneys Should Follow the Bouncing Beneficiary Designations,” published at  43 Comp. Plan. J. 43 (March 6, 2015).  The Abstract reads as follows:

The Supreme Court, in Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings

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When May an Agent Act on Behalf of an ERISA Plan Participant or Beneficiary? by Albert Feuer

Albert Feuer has made available for download his article, “When May an Agent Act on Behalf of an ERISA Plan Participant or Beneficiary?”, which was published in the Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance. The Abstract is as follows:

This article discusses when a pension or welfare plan governed by the

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IRA Required Minimum Distribution Reminder to Retirees

The Internal Revenue Service reminded retirees who turned 70.5 during the 2014 tax year that they must start receiving the required minimum distribution from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) or their work-related retirement plans such as a 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans by April 1st of 2015. This deadline does not apply to … Continue reading

Borrowing From Your 401(k) – the good, the bad and the ugly

Money Magazine reports about “leakage,” using 401(k) or IRA savings to pay for anything other than retirement, which  has become something of a bad word in the personal finance world. One policy wonk, Matt Fellowes, the founder and CEO of HelloWallet, took the metaphor even further when he wrote that … Continue reading

Cash-Balance Plans Surge

Miriam Rozen, of Financial Planning Magazine, writes that cash-balance retirement plans are surging in popularity following a favorable IRS ruling.  Her article begins as follows:

A recent favorable IRS ruling has generated some buzz on cash-balance retirement plans, and advisors should expect their popularity to rocket among business-owning clients and

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The Problem With Naming A Trust As The Beneficiary Of An Annuity, And Using A Beneficiary Designation With Restricted Payout Form As An Alternative

Michael Kitces writes about issues that arise when naming trust as a retirement account designated beneficiary. Michael’s article begins as follows:

Retirement accounts and annuities used as accumulation vehicles can create significant tax-deferred account balances over time, with the caveat that eventually the tax bill must still come due. If

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Proposals For Eliminating Stretch IRAs, Repealing NUA, And The $3.4M Retirement Account Cap In The FY2016 Treasury Greenbook

Michael Kitces reports on the Treasury Greenbook proposals re retirement plans.  His post begins as follows:

Every year, the proposed changes to the tax laws encapsulated in the President’s budget request for the Federal government are recorded in the Treasury Greenbook, which is then taken under advisement by Congress to

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Estate Planning Remains Important Even If Ohio Repeals Estate Tax

Ohio’s move of repealing estate tax and the increase in federal estate tax exemption equivalent has brought about perception that estate planning is no longer important since no estate taxes will be posted upon one’s death. However, this is not true. Coming up with an estate plan saves time and … Continue reading

Winter Getaways Raises Medical Expenses

As retirees move away from up north to Florida, they are likely to face more medical tests than they would have done back home. Since Medicare has strict regulations on prices and procedures of medical testing, doctors can easily increase the items and volumes of testing. According to researches, Florida, … Continue reading

New Book Published: Social Security Works

Co-authors Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson have their new book on the social welfare system just published. Both of them are very supportive expanding the current social welfare system and believe that doing so will achieve “greater economic security for all of America’s working families.” They explained in … Continue reading

IRS Releases Publications for Divorced or Separated Individuals, Small Business Retirement Plans, and Pension and Annuity Income

In the past few weeks, the IRS has released three publications, regarding divorced or separated individuals (Publication 504), small business retirement plans (Publication 560), and pension and annuity income (Publication 575) respectively.

Publication 504 covers filing information if the individual is divorced or separated from his or her spouse. It … Continue reading

Illinois Adopts Automatic Enrollment of Retirement Savings Plan for Workers in 2017

Secure Choice, a new retirement saving program adopted by Illinois, is the first in nation to automatically save for workers, and, is a step toward retirement system reform. Starting in 2017, Illinois residents who have jobs but don’t have retirement plan from work will be automatically enrolled to set an … Continue reading

Pass of ABLE Act Sees Hope in Congress Hot Issues

The Achieving a Better Lifer Experience (ABLE) Act, which aims to remove bureaucratic obstacles to help Americans save for future, has passed Congress. Under the ABLE Act, people with disabilities are allowed a saving account up to $100,000 with tax-free treatment. Thus the ABLE Act helps pay for disability-related expenses … Continue reading

Steve Utkus of Vanguard on the Evolution of Retirement Planning

In a recent interview with WealthManagement.com, Steve Utkus, the director of the Vanguard Center for Retirement Research, presented his views on the conditions regarding retirement planning that are currently evolving due to the shift to passive investing by retirement savers.

Utkus commented on the widening area of concern of retirement … Continue reading

Minority Groups Become Niche Market for Private Banking

Wealth management firms are approaching to wealthy African Americans, women and LGBT people for new opportunities.

The New York Times reported that such groups have “some special needs” in wealth management, even though the firms approach them as individuals. According to the Times report, wealthy African Americans tend to be … Continue reading

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