MassMutual Retirement Services to Sponsor Online Seminar to Help Demystify the New World of 403(b) Regulations

Hosted and moderated by PLANSPONSOR's Charles Ruffel

Dec 14, 2010, 16:35 ET from MassMutual Retirement Services

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continued commitment to provide advisors and plan sponsors the most up-to-date and relevant information, MassMutual Retirement Services is sponsoring an online seminar featuring a panel of 403(b) retirement plan experts, hosted and moderated by PLANSPONSOR Founder and Director Charles Ruffel.

"As 403(b) regulations tighten and financial markets fluctuate, nonprofit organizations are under greater scrutiny. The Department of Labor (DOL) has expanded the Form 5500 reporting and audit requirements that fall on nonprofit plan sponsors. This online seminar will help advisors and plan sponsors stay abreast of the ongoing changes in the nonprofit retirement market," says Lisa Murphy, MassMutual ERISA Consultant.

The online seminar will feature David Levine, principal at Groom Law Group, Washington, D.C., in addition to Brenda Van, western managing director and nonprofit market leader and Lisa Murphy, ERISA Consultant, both of MassMutual Retirement Services. In this 60-minute webcast, the panelists will discuss Form 5500 reporting and audit requirements, fiduciary duties, final IRS regulations, and will conclude with a question and answer session.

"As a result of the many recent regulatory changes, it's critical for nonprofit plan sponsors to understand the new fiduciary responsibilities and to have a due diligence process in place to reduce risk and limit or mitigate fiduciary liability," says Murphy. "Plan sponsors have taken initial steps toward complying with the regulatory changes, but many are still concerned about their liabilities and how to mitigate risk. At MassMutual, we want to help prepare and educate advisors and plan sponsors so they can properly comply with the new regulations, maximize the benefits of their 403(b) plan, and help prepare participants for successful retirement years," adds Murphy.

To register for the online seminar, go to and click All Events under Intermediary Events. For more information about MassMutual Retirement Services, please contact your retirement plan advisor or call MassMutual at (888) 626-4911.

About MassMutual

MassMutual's Retirement Services Division has been serving retirement plans for more than 60 years. It offers a full range of products and services for corporate, union, nonprofit and governmental employers' defined benefit, defined contribution and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. It serves approximately 1.2 million participants.

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders.  The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company's strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) [of which Retirement Services is a division] and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

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