Resources for Advisors
- AALU Marketplace Report 15-24
Get a complete primer on Crummey Powers and how they fund irrevocable life insurance trusts.
- AALU Marketplace Report 15-12
Get a complete primer on the Transfer for Value Rule and its impact on life insurance and benefits.
- AALU Marketplace 15-08
Learn why death benefit only plans can be an appealing way to attract or retain selected key employees.
- AALU Marketplace 15-07
Learn about the benefits and potential risks of a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust in the latest Washington Report.
- AALU Marketplace 14-39
Learn how to add value to your clients by periodically reviewing the sufficiency of a client’s coverage, identifying opportunities for exchanges to acquire better or more cost-effective insurance products, and understanding the technical nuances of exchange implementation in order to effect a compliant 1035 exchange.
- AALU WRMarketplace 14-36
The effective termination of a defined contribution plan requires the plan fiduciary to timely distribute ALL plan assets, which can be complicated if certain participants cannot be located. Due to changes in available search vehicles and Internet-based search tools, the DOL has updated its guidance on discharging fiduciary responsibilities to participants who cannot be located upon termination and distribution of such a plan.
- AALU WRMarketplace 14-15
Easily over-looked trouble spots in split-dollar life insurance arrangements and suggestions for how to avoid them.
- AALU WRMarketplace 14-26
The requirements for obtaining ERISA exemption for a 403(b) plan and similarities and differences in the rules governing the tax-qualification requirements applicable to both plans.
- AALU WRMarketplace 14-30
Internal Revenue Code §457 imposes special rules for non-qualified arrangements maintained by tax-exempt employers. As a result, the employee of a tax-exempt employer may be able to defer less compensation than an employee of a taxable employer for the same period or may be taxed on previously deferred amounts at a time earlier than that applicable under a taxable employer’s plan.
- AALU WRMarketplace 14-19
Settlors of discretionary trusts can provide vital guidance to trustees in the exercise of their discretionary powers through the use of non-binding (i.e., precatory) language in the trust agreement or the provision of a separate "letter of wishes."
- AALU WRMarketplace 14-04
Make qualifying gifts to trusts, with beneficiaries interests, (Tax exclusions) within compliance regulations.
- AALU Report 13-27
Life Insurance contracts from non- qualified trusts are valued, therefore surrendering potential charges.
- AALU Report 13-19
Life Insurance contracts from non- qualified trusts are valued, therefore surrendering potential charges.
- AALU Report 13-17
Target Date Retirement Funds (TDF’s) is a popular investment choice for 401(k) plans. Getting the right investment strategy is essential.
- AALU Report 13-12
Maximizing benefits to your heirs trust, by investing in the right insurance policy.
Resources for Employers
- Retirement Newsletter June 2015
In this issue of the Retirement Report you will find: The Most Important Assumption Regarding Target-Date Funds Current Stresses Eclipse Retirement Planning for Working Millennials Best Practices in Hardship Distributions Company Stock and Fiduciary Considerations
- Retirement Newsletter May 2015
In this issue of the Retirement Report you will find: Active Managers Can Add Value Women: Financially Stressed but Open to Solutions But He's My Brother-in-Law! Socially Responsible Funds - Think Green? No. Think Red!
- Retirement Newsletter April 2015
In this issue of our Retirement Report you will find: 2016 Budget Proposals Support Retirement Goals Timing is Everything Content and Frequency of Retirement Committee Meetings Are you ready for an Audit?
- Retirement Newsletter February 2015
In this issue of our Retirement Report you will find: Is the Oil Price Decline Beneficial to the U.S. Economy? The Hopes, Fears and Reality of Retirement Preparing for a Partial Plan Termination Employee Communication Strategies for All Seasons
- Retirement Newsletter January 2015
In this issue of our Retirement Report you will find: Qualified Plan Governance: Is Your Fiduciary House in Order? Top Five New Year's Resolutions for Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Solutions for a Stressed-Out Nation Improper Handling of Hardship Distributions May Result in Significant Problems
- Retirement Newsletter December 2014
In this issue of our Retirement Report you will find: Weathering All Market Conditions What To Expect When Transitioning Providers Index Funds: More Than Meets the Eye
- Retirement Newsletter November 2014
In this issue of our Retirement Report you will find: Case Study: Automatic Enrollment Revisited Pension Protection Act of 2006 Restatements Despite Noise, Macro Factors Will Drive Fixed Income Markets Common Misconceptions
- Retirement Newsletter October 2014
In this issue of our Retirement Report you find: The Fed Steps Back - Will Active Equity Funds Step Up? Ten Years Later: Scorecard Retrospective Allowable Plan Expenses: Can the Plan Pay? ERISA Fidelity Bond Versus Fiduciary Liability Insurance
- Retirement Newsletter September 2014
In this issue of our Retirement Report you find: Index Funds - More Than Meets the Eye Enter the Dragon Fiduciary Training Are Your Written QDRO Procedures in Place? Communication Corner: Are You on Track to Enjoy Life Post-employment?
- Retirement Newsletter August 2014
In this issue of our Retirement Report you find: What to Expect When Transitioning Providers The Future of Retirement Plans ERISA 3(21) vs. 3(38) Fiduciary A Quick Look at Gap Analysis Communication Corner: Save Early, Reach Your Goal Visit our website at sapers-wallack.com/retirement to learn more about our offers for plan sponsors and individuals and connect with us on our "Team" page.
- Retirement Newsletter July 2014
The determination of reasonableness of fees has always been a core fiduciary function for ERISA plan sponsors. ERISA Section 408(b)(2) regulations increased scrutiny on this responsibility. The Department of Labor (DOL) has taken this step to solidify specific requirements for plan sponsors and service providers, regarding communication of fee information.
- Retirement Newsletter June 2014
In today’s market environment, many people are asking themselves “Where can I find opportunity in fixed income?” It is a fair question, as rising rates will inevitably hurt the performance of most fixed income sectors In this issue, we'll look at finding opportunity in fixed income. Participants have been riding a massive wave of decreasing rates and have become accustomed to 8 percent annual rates of return to their retirement plans from their core fixed income fund. Since those days are likely over, where do you go from here?
- Retirement Newsletter May 2014
In this issue of our Retirement Report you find information about the 3(16) ERISA Fiduciary Definition, the Power of Peer Influence: From Inertia to Action, Pass or Fail? Corrective Actions to Remedy Your Test Results, Going the Extra Mile: A Deeper Look at the Scorecard, and Communication Corner: Explore Your Options.
- Retirement Newsletter April 2014
In this issue of our Retirement Report you will find thoughts on the investment policy statement review, DC plan participant perspectives on risk, the six categories of fiduciaries and a comment about what constitutes proper documentation of retirement plan committee meetings.
- Retirement Newsletter March 2014
This issue covers three recommended index funds, benefits for qualitative mutual funds, safe options for retirement plans and an explanation of Summary Plan Description (SPD).
- Retirement Newsletter February 2014
This issue covers Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefits for retirement, Specialty Asset retirement insights, fee method overview, and comments on revenue sharing.
- Retirement Newsletter January 2014
This issue covers match and plan eligibility, definition of “float”, and a memo about the “retirement crisis”
- Retirement Newsletter December 2013
This issue covers fixed income investing during rising rates in the economy, information about sable value products, and answers to ERISA audits.
- Retirement Newsletter November 2013
This issue covers, EBRI Annual Retirement Confidence Survey results, traded funds in retirement plans with detailed information, up to date fiduciary regulations, and personal record keeping.
- Retirement Newsletter October 2013
This issue covers pros and cons of taking out retirement loans, information of plan eligibility, Health Care review and information on retirement plans, talks about exclusion of part timers from the 401(k) plan.
- Retirement Newsletter September 2013
This issue covers the recent DOMA decision, Specialty Funds and their implications on retirement plans.
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Obamacare - what employers need to know
What you need to know it and be compliant. Experts, Janice Belmonte and Paula Drozdal Connors, present helpful insights.
Resources for Individuals
- Market Outlook Q2 2015
A review of and economic outlook for Q2 of 2015.
- Market Outlook Q1 2015
In this month's Q1 Economic Outlook you will find: The U.S. bull market appears to be intact and and any correlation associated with the start of an interest-rate up-cycle is expected to be limited. The European Central Bank's sovereign bond purchasing program is a much larger initiative in terms of net new supply than programs put in place by other central banks since the crisis. Nearly $1.5 trillion of European bonds are trading with a negative yield-to-maturity. In Germany, negative yields extend out to seven years.
- Market Commentary February 2015
In this month's Market Commentary you will find: An easing of global central bank interest-rate policies continued amid persistent declining inflation and sluggish economic progress. Major central banks opted to maintain accommodative policies and delay interest-rate increases. Fixed-income market performance was generally negative, with only U.S. high-yield debt and U.S. dollar-hedged emerging-market debt delivering positive results. Global equity markets advanced. Russia rebounded strongly, leading all other countries, followed by Greece. Seven of the top ten best-performing countries were in Europe.
- Market Commentary January 2015
In this month's Market Commentary you will find: Central bank policies remained divergent in early 2015 as low inflation and slow labor market gains were further complicated by different stages of economic recovery. Fixed-income market performance was mostly positive, led by U.S. dollar-denominated debt; local-currency debt was marginally negative. Global equity markets declined; the healthcare sector performed best, while energy remained the worst performer.
- Market Commentary December 2014
In this month's Market Commentary you will find: Major central banks made a series of significant policy shifts and moved to provide clarity on future changes. Equity and fixed-income performance varied widely across sectors and currencies. Weak energy prices functioned as a differentiating factor within asset classes. Despite recent volatility, we remain optimistic regarding equity markets. Regions that have lagged the U.S. in recent years could begin to catch-up, assuming economic growth gains traction.
- Market Commentary November 2014
In this month's Market Commentary you will find: Monetary policies continued to differ across major central banks, reflecting varying degrees of economic strength. The U.K. held firm and the U.S. concluded an accommodative program, while the Eurozone and Japan eased further. Fixed-income performance was generally positive, led by conservative segments and dependent on currency effects. Equity returns were mixed, with Europe in the lead and energy-oriented markets far behind.
- Medicare Support Service
Sapers & Wallack is offering a new service to our clients and their employees
- Long Term Care resources
A resource for long-term eldercare including financial resources, and state-by-state asset allowance for nursing home residents.
- U.S. Government Resources for Social Security and Medicare
U.S. Government Resources for Social Security and Medicare Websites to use for everything social security and MediCare related.