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Archive : September 2006

September 28, 2006

Prohibited Transactions and IRAs

While DOL generally does not have jurisdiction over IRAs, it does have regulatory authority to determine whether a prohibited transaction exists in connection with an IRA. Given the fact that a prohibited transaction may disqualify the entire IRA, a cautious approach with IRA investments in the IRA owner’s business is warranted.

September 26, 2006

PPA Health Plan Relief

One of the more obscure provisions of the Pension Protection Act is Section 843, which amends IRC §419A(c) by adding new subsection (6). The new provision permits a health benefit plan sponsored by a “bona fide association” (as defined in 42 U.S.C. 300gg-91(d)(3)) to maintain a reserve of up to 35% of current operating costs. Prior to the amendment no reserve was permitted.

September 24, 2006

DOL and Service Provider Fee Disclosure

 On May 16, 2005, the SEC issued a Staff Report Concerning Examinations of Select Pension Consultants. In connection with the SEC report, on June 1, 2005,  DOL and the SEC jointly released tips to help ERISA plan fiduciaries in selecting and monitoring fiduciaries.

September 23, 2006

Benefits Related Blogs

I thought you might be interested in other benefits-related blogs. I'm sure I've missed some, so if you know of other benefits-related blogs, please add it through a comment.

September 20, 2006

SEC Mutual Fund Settlements

Beginning in 2003, the SEC and state officials brought enforcement actions for improper trading practices involving mutual funds.

September 18, 2006

ERISA Hotties

We wanted to start the BNA Pension and Benefits Blog with something a little light hearted that you might not see in the regular BNA publications.

September 18, 2006

PPA Tidbits

On the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits teleconference last Thursday, Bill Bortz from Treasury cleared up some issues that have been creating uncertainty under the newly-enacted Pension Protection Act of 2006.

September 15, 2006


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