Viewpoints by Jeff Kobs, at John Hancock Retirement
Jeff oversees John Hancock’s Benefits Consulting Group—a team of actuarial consultants and analysts, ERISA consultants, and attorneys who support our client’s technical, compliance, and administrative needs. He joined our organization in 2005 and has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services.
Prior to joining John Hancock, Jeff was an actuarial consultant for a well-known benefits consulting firm. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of New Hampshire. Jeff is also a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, an enrolled actuary under ERISA, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Outside of work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, volunteering with local nonprofit agencies, traveling, and squeezing in a round of golf when he can.
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What you need to know about SECURE 2.0 right now
We’ve compiled some of the key SECURE 2.0 provisions with the most urgent effective dates that retirement plan professionals should be aware of.Read more
A SECURE 2.0 summary of provisions, purpose, and timing
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