Category Archives: Pension Protection Act of 2006

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It’s morning again in Pensionland

The sun will not be setting after all on the favorable retirement plan tax provisions that were part of the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA). For budget scoring purposes, the more than three dozen rules which included increases to contribution and benefit limits for IRAs and qualified retirement plans had “sunset” … Continue Reading

Baby boomers start to turn 60 and have new retirement plan distribution options

Former President Bill Clinton, whose birthday was yesterday, was heard last week lamenting the fact that he was about to turn age 60. Don’t feel bad, Mr. President, there are another 3 million who will join you this year – part of the first entrants of the baby boom generation. While few of them have … Continue Reading

$1.8 Trillion

That’s the amount of new money that  Bloomberg estimates will go into 401(k) plans as a result of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 because the new law: Permits automatic enrollment of employees in 401(k) plans Allows small employers to establish combined defined benefit and automatic enrollment 401(k) plans Makes permanent higher contribution limits for … Continue Reading

“Money attitudes”: the new 401(k) demographic

The new Pension Protection Act of 2006 opens the door for ERISA fiduciaries – a registered investment advisor, bank, insurance company or broker/dealer – to be compensated for giving investment advice to retirement plan participants. The Act creates a prohibited transaction exemption to these fiduciaries subject to certain safeguards to protect participants from abuse. More … Continue Reading

Congress passes pension reform legislation

On Thursday, August 3, the Senate passed significant pension reform legislation by a wide margin (93 to 5). The bill enacted by the Senate is identical to the one passed by the House of Representatives last week. The President is expected to sign the bill into law. The legislation, called the “Pension Protection Act of … Continue Reading