ASPPA changes name, format of quarterly publication

The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries is changing its ASPPA Journal to Plan Consultant magazine.

“Since 1997, The ASPPA Journal has served as the official publication of ASPPA with a focus on technical content. A survey of ASPPA’s growing community of diverse retirement professionals prompted the redesign of the publication from a scholarly journal to a less formal magazine format. ASPPA has grown as an organization and our magazine reflects that evolution from first The Pension Actuary newsletter issued in 1975, to The ASPPA Journal in 1997, and now Plan Consultant magazine,” said Robert Richter ASPPA president.

The quarterly magazine will continue to help retirement plan professionals improve their skills, enhance their knowledge, and conduct their business in a way that is professional, ethical, efficient and creative. Written by industry leaders and experienced retirement planning professionals, Plan Consultant has been retooled to provide practical, how-to processes and case studies that retirement plan professionals can use in their own practices.

“Readers will notice that Plan Consultant features a fresh design organized into distinct sections that will provide something for every discipline covered by ASPPA’s membership. Technical articles include actuarial/defined benefit plans, compliance, administration and recordkeeping, legal issues and tax information, government affairs and regulatory issues. Practice management articles include education and CPE, ethics, technology, marketing, and general business practices. Our hope is members will look to Plan Consultant for continuing education, networking opportunities, advocacy updates, and productivity improvement information,” said Steve Sullivan editor of Plan Consultant magazine.

Plan Consultant magazine circulates to more than 8,500 ASPPA members. The inaugural January 2012 issue includes articles on investment policy statements and fiduciaries, in-plan Roth rollovers, a legislative update and a recap from the 2011 ASPPA Annual Conference.

The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries is a national organization of more than 8,500 retirement plan and benefits professionals that serves as the educator, voice, and advocate for the employer-based retirement system.

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