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The Fallacy in Terminated Vested Buyouts and Annuity Purchases

Written By Matthew Klein, FSA, EA, MAAA

There has been a lot of discussion over the past year about terminated vested lump sum buy-outs and annuity purchases. While annuity purchases may make sense in some contexts, they are not the slam dunk decision that some outlets have made them out to be.

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Weighing in on Lump Sum Options for Terminated Vested Employees

Written By Michael Coffey

Traditional defined benefit plans with service multipliers have long been used to incentivize employees to build careers at one employer. However, over the past twenty years benefit portability has been a growing force in attracting talent. Today's workforce stays at one job on average of 4.4 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and data shows that the younger workforce is trending at an even quicker transition.

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Pension Plan In-Service Distributions - A "New" Tool to Encourage Continued Employment?

The individual circumstances of each organization lead to differing relationships with older employees. As older employees reach retirement age, many employers have retirement programs in place to provide a stable transition as these employees leave the workforce.

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Are Your Health Plans HIPAA Compliant?

Since its implementation in 1996, HIPAA has been amended by many sets of regulations. Most recently, HIPAA was amended by the section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 entitled the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH"). HITECH amends certain HIPAA provisions requiring that all health plans subject to HIPAA ("Health Plans") make changes to their existing HIPAA policies and procedures. In addition, HITECH requires all Health Plans to implement more exhaustive HIPAA compliance measures than they were previously required to do under the prior HIPAA regulations.

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Managing Retirement Plan Expenses: A Fiduciary Responsibility

Written by Kyle Pifher

Plan sponsors have fiduciary responsibilities which include monitoring and controlling costs associated with a retirement plan, such as investment and administrative expenses. This issue of Management Briefing discusses some of the basics of 401(k) retirement plan expenses, their fiduciary implications for plan sponsors, and other fiduciary considerations.

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