Welcome to Hey Joel! This forum answers plan sponsor questions from all over the country by our in-house former practicing ERISA attorney. Hey Joel, Should stable value information be included in our investment policy statement? ~ Paranoid in Portland Dear Paranoid, The cash or principal preservation alternatives can be quite varied in scope. As a … Continue reading Hey Joel! Should Stable Value Information Be Included In Our Investment Policy Statement?
Adapt to the shifting priorities of modern workers to attract and retain the best talent Longevity, demographic changes and technological innovation have revolutionized the world of work. As many employers face a coming wave of baby-boomer retirements, the resulting gaps in unique skills, experience and institutional knowledge may be difficult to fill. Keeping mature workers … Continue reading The Evolving Workscape
Millennials – they’ve infiltrated the workplace and bring expertise in social media, individuality, technology and hipster bars. But, what do they know about saving for retirement? Typically, younger people don’t make retirement savings a priority. Living expenses, student debt, rent or house payments, and other day-to-day expenses mean that retirement savings take a back seat. … Continue reading Millennials Know It All. But Are They Saving for Retirement?
Welcome to Hey Joel! This forum answers plan sponsor questions from all over the country by our in-house former practicing ERISA attorney. Hey Joel, What’s the appropriate number of members and positions for a retirement plan committee? ~ Plannin’ in Pennsylvania Dear Plannin’, There is no specific guidance on the appropriate number of committee … Continue reading Hey Joel! What’s the Appropriate Number of Members and Positions for a Retirement Plan Committee?
Many plan sponsors struggle with deciding how many investment options to offer in their retirement plans. While people generally like to have lots of options when making other decisions, having too many plan options can potentially lead to poor investment decisions by plan participants. In addition, increasing plan options can also increase plan costs, as … Continue reading How Many Investment Options Should You Offer?
ABB recently announced the settlement of a lawsuit involving its 401(k) Plan. This settlement is another victory for the law firm of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton in St. Louis. Earlier this year, it obtained a $10 million settlement in a suit brought against Duke University. Filed in 2013, this suit has now dragged on for … Continue reading ABB Settles for $55 Million
Neither the Department of Labor (DOL) nor the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has given any indication of how they are progressing with their new respective fiduciary rules. Last year, both agencies said they would publish their respective rules in September of this year. At this point, it seems unlikely either agency will meet this … Continue reading DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule & the SEC’s Best Interests Rule – Is No News Good News?
Wells Fargo sold off a number of business units in an effort to better focus on its core banking business. In the latest deal, Principal Financial Group agreed to purchase Wells Fargo’s retirement and trust services business for $1.2 billion. This is a substantial acquisition. This business represents $827 billion in retirement plan assets with … Continue reading Wells Fargo – Principal Agrees to Buy Retirement Business
IRAs are an effective way for individuals covered by employer-sponsored retirement plans to supplement their retirement savings. Anyone can make IRA contributions up to the annual limit. For 2019, this limit is $6,000, plus an additional catch-up contribution of $1,000 for taxpayers 50 and older. For traditional IRAs, contributions are tax deductible in the year … Continue reading Retirement is a Long Way Off Until It’s Not – Should I Supplement My Retirement Savings With an IRA?
A number of bills are moving rapidly through the House and the Senate that would (if passed and signed) enhance the retirement plans of many Americans. While these bills continue to morph, below is a general description of provisions as of early April 2019. Retirement Security & Savings Act Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben … Continue reading Washington Update