AUSTIN, Texas - New 403(b) regulations are coming, whether or not plan sponsors and vendors are ready for the changes.

"This is different from anything we've ever done before," said Tom Peller, vice president of compliance for Fidelity Investments, at the SPARK Institute's 403(b) Plans Issues and Answers Forum here last month at the Hyatt Regency hotel. "In the past, when you had to do compliance, it was linear. You just checked things off one thing at a time. Almost all the changes in 403(b) regs are interconnected. Everything you change will impact something else. Your approach should be very different."

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