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Retirement

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2018 FICA wage base, withholding allowances, retirement contributions

09/28/2017

The Social Security Administration has announced that the taxable wage base for the Social Security portion of FICA will increase to $128,700 in 2018. The IRS will soon release the 2018 COLAs for 401(k) and other qualified plans. We will upload this important information as soon as it is available.

Snapshot: Types of retirement plans

07/03/2017
Defined contribution plans rule the employer-sponsored retirement realm. But surprise! A quarter of employers still offer pensions.

DOL recovers 401(k) funds for St. Paul company employees

06/28/2017
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration, Weinhagen Tire employees’ retirement contributions took an illegal detour into the St. Paul company’s operating accounts.

Health, retirement perks remain strong draws

04/25/2017
Health insurance remains the employer-provided benefit employees value most, followed by retirement savings.

Stressed about retirement, most decide to do nothing

03/29/2017
Thirty percent of Americans surveyed say they are emotionally stressed out about their retirement prospects.

Senate likely to kill state & local ‘auto-IRA’ retirement savings plans

03/21/2017
The Senate was poised last week to vote to block two Obama administration rules that made it easier for state and local governments to establish voluntary retirement savings plans for employees of small businesses.

10 sobering stats about women and retirement

03/13/2017
A new survey by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found widespread pessimism among women about their ability to save for retirement and about their retirement prospects in general.

Business groups appeal to kill off retirement fund fiduciary rule

02/28/2017
A coalition of business groups is appealing a federal court’s decision to uphold the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule, which requires retirement fund brokers to act solely in their clients’ best interests when recommending investments.

Bull market has 401(k) balances hitting records

02/23/2017
The average balance in U.S. employees’ 401(k) savings plans is $92,500, up about 5% from a year ago.

EBSA asks if turbine firm’s 401(k) is gone with the wind

02/01/2017
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Agency has filed suit against the now defunct Wind Turbine Solutions.
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