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James Esposito

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Library » Small Business Retirement Plans and Recent Tax Reform

August 17, 2018 | Retirement Plans

With the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December of 2017, business owners may be asking how it might impact a currently sponsored qualified retirement plan, or they may be considering adopting one for the first time. In fact, one of the new tax deductions under TCJA may result in …

Library » BDIA FAQ: Common Questions from Municipal Treasurers

September 14, 2016 | Investment Themes

Municipal treasurers are seeing nominal returns on their deposits with banks, given recent regulations and the current low interest rate environment. Post-financial crisis regulations limit the amount of cash banks can accept therefore turning non-operating deposits into a liability. …

Library » Investing Cash Balance Plan Assets

June 23, 2016 | Retirement Plans

Introduction Many Cash Balance plan sponsors, especially small to mid-sized professional firms, appreciate relatively predictable and level annual plan contributions. These firms tend to use the plan as a tax management tool, because the plan contributions are tax deductible and will offset …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » Regulatory FAQs: Cash Balance Plans

October 27, 2015 | Retirement Plans

Cash balance pension plans are growing in popularity, but I don’t know much about them. How is a cash balance plan different from a traditional defined benefit pension plan? It’s best to start this discussion with an illustration. If you were given a choice between the following two pension …

Library » Types of Qualified Plans

May 20, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Before adopting a qualified plan, an employer should first understand the various types of plans available, so that a plan that best meets the employer’s goals and objectives can be chosen. Qualified plans come in two basic flavors: Defined Contribution (DC) Plans and Defined Benefit (DB) Plans. …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » Profit Sharing Allocation Methods - The Better Part of Discretion

May 13, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Most Profit Sharing/401(k) Plan sponsors have the basic understanding that the plan contributions must not discriminate in favor of the owners and other highly paid participants over non-owners and non-highly paid participants. Many business owners interpret this to mean “I can’t contribute more …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » What is a Cash Balance Plan?

April 03, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Cash Balance Plans have been around for many years, but were fraught with controversy stemming from age-discrimination lawsuits brought against plan sponsors who converted their traditional Defined Benefit (DB) Plans to Cash Balance Plans. It was not until the passage of the Pension Protection …


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