October 3, 2012

NAPA Net Launched as Portal for Retirement Plan Advisors

NAPA logoA new web portal to keep retirement plan advisors connected was launched by The American Society of Pension Professionals Actuaries (ASPPA) affiliate The National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). The new portal, NAPA Net, is a hub giving users access to sharable news, commentary, research, webcasts, and member forums. A number of topic-specific channels are also featured on a variety of subjects including regulatory compliance, practice management, service providers, social media, strategic partnerships, and investment topics. A daily e-newsletter will also be produced that covers new events in the 401(k) marketplace.

“Each channel represents a pillar of the retirement plan marketplace,” said Fred Barstein, NAPA Net editor in chief. “Retirement plan advisors will find their niche in terms of both information and networking so they can stay abreast of industry topics and trends while tending to their own practices.”

Already boasting a member pool of around 3,750 professionals, NAPA Net will also offer a directory giving contact details of advisors, third-party administrators, and a variety of other service providers. NAPA also consists of an additional 67 founding members that include financial institutions, brokers, and investment advisement firms.

“There’s been an outpouring of support from both the companies and individual advisors for this endeavor,” said Marcy Supovitz, NAPA president and a principal at Boulay Donnelly Supovitz Consulting Group, Inc. “The creation of a portal of this scope— specifically for plan advisors— is long overdue.”

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Joshua Bjerke, from Savannah, Georgia, focuses on articles involving the labor force, economy, and HR topics including new technology and workplace news. Joshua has a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in International Studies and is currently pursuing his M.A. in International Security.