3(16) Fiduciary Services and Why You Should Care

3(16) Fiduciary Services and Why You Should Care

 Download The Action DocAs a financial advisor, you know that the people who exercise control and authority over the management of a retirement plan’s assets are fiduciaries. So are professionals who provide investment advice with respect to those assets. In most cases, plan sponsors understand that they, too, play an investment fiduciary role unless they partially or fully outsource that function to an investment professional.What many of them don’t appear to recognize is that ...
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iWork: The Next-Gen Workforce

iWork: The Next-Gen Workforce

Millennials. You may have noticed them around the office. You might think of them as the lazy, flighty, entitled generation born between the early 80's and 00's that say "totes" when they agree with you. Like any group of misplaced stereotypes, not all is as it appears when it comes to the younger contingent and, since they are taking over as the largest sector of the workforce, you may want to take a second look at them as adults, assets, and major contributors to your company's retir...
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End of the Year Checklist

End of the Year Checklist

As the year-end approaches, our to-do lists can be lengthy. There are holidays to prepare for, employee performance reviews to complete, and, oh, wait, there is also the year-end data collection package from your TPA! We have once again reached that magical time of the year when you get to submit information regarding your retirement plan so your compliance services can be completed. While your TPA firm does the heavy lifting, the information you submit is the basis for accurate compliance testi...
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It’s All About Relationships

It’s All About Relationships

 Download The Action DocThere are many industry stats about 401k “sales.” Perhaps you have your own. It’s natural to talk in terms of lead generation and sales funnels and qualifying questions and, of course, closing. But, when you get down to it, it’s not really so much about generating leads as it is about generating relationships. Lead gen is all about an internal process. Relationship gen is about focusing on how we solve other people’s problems. To be sure, we still need to delive...
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Help Clients Understand Why a QDIA Matters

Help Clients Understand Why a QDIA Matters

 Download The Action DocAuto-enrollment has been proven to be effective in raising participation rates in 401(k) plans. As a result, it's been pretty widely adopted across the country, especially in mid- to larger plans. Automatic enrollment creates a situation where many employees fail to make an investment election on their own. This creates a need for a default investment in the lineup. A cash fund has no risk, but also has no growth potential. Other investments may have income or growth...
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The Loan They Never Take May Make All the Difference

The Loan They Never Take May Make All the Difference

 Download The Action DocIRS rules provide for participant loans and hardship withdrawals from 401k and other plans. They're not required, but rather left to the discretion of the plan sponsor. Today, there's a good bit of debate about how participant loans affect long term retirement outcomes. On one hand, it's not hard to appreciate that employees may be more motivated to enroll in a plan that includes a loan feature since it provides comfort that they'll be able to access ...
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Houston, We Have a Problem…

Houston, We Have a Problem…

Times can get tough for people. With the onset of Hurricane Harvey having decimated parts of the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Irma following its destructive lead, we are reminded that at any point we may find ourselves in hardship. Companies make layoffs, natural disasters occur, emergencies… well, emerge. With nowhere else to turn, some will look to their 401k for their own disaster relief. A withdrawal in the form of a "hardship distribution" is one of the tools that participants ...
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Fiduciary Rule Round Up

Fiduciary Rule Round Up

There has been much upheaval in the retirement world as of late and it centers around the new fiduciary rule. The New Fiduciary Rule means that many investment professionals that weren't previously considered fiduciaries will now have to take on that role. So, why is that such a bad thing? Well, it's not per se, but the implications of how this may change the way the investors and their companies function may leave them frustrated and tentative towards some future business. But before we get too...
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Of Course Your Clients Are Fiduciaries

Of Course Your Clients Are Fiduciaries

 Download The Action DocWhen it comes to the topic of fiduciary responsibilities for qualified retirement plans, there are three things we know really well: Plan Sponsors are, by definition, a fiduciary of their own plan as they exercise control and act on behalf of the plan. Some number of plan sponsors don’t know this even though we try to do our best to make this clear. There are real and serious consequences for them and for your relationship with them if they don’t execute ...
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When to Set Sail With Safe Harbor

When to Set Sail With Safe Harbor

 Download The Action DocYou already know that a 401(k) is a very popular retirement plan and, like other plan designs, it allows employees to take advantage of tax deferrals on contributions and earnings while their money accumulates for retirement.To enjoy this special status, the IRS put in place rules to assure that plans benefit rank and file employees and not just a company’s owners and highly compensated employees. These are called nondiscrimination rules and there are three tes...
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