Participant Corner: Good Health is the Best Wealth

This month’s employee memo encourages employees to make small lifestyle changes to reduce their out-of-pocket health costs. The memo shows the difference in savings between an average-managed patient and a well-managed patient. Please see an excerpt below. Believe it or not, staying healthy just might make you wealthy. With small lifestyle changes and healthy choices, … Continue reading Participant Corner: Good Health is the Best Wealth

What Constitutes Proper Documentation of Retirement Plan Committee Meetings?

With most retirement plans, the fiduciary responsibility of selecting and monitoring the plan’s menu of investments is designated to a retirement plan investment committee. This committee usually includes financial officers and human resources officers of the employer. The committee meets periodically (anywhere from annually to quarterly) to consider agenda items including investment due diligence, fees … Continue reading What Constitutes Proper Documentation of Retirement Plan Committee Meetings?

Why You Need to Communicate with Employees

Businesses understand how vital it is for employees to understand retirement options and are increasingly including employee education in fiduciary risk management, whether it’s in the form of one-on-one counseling or educational seminars. Take a look at these reasons why you should communicate with and educate your employees. Gossip Can Be Dangerous If retirement opportunities … Continue reading Why You Need to Communicate with Employees

How Can You Prepare for Healthcare Expenses in Retirement?

Rising healthcare costs are on everyone’s mind, even for affluent people. In fact, 69 percent of affluent pre-retirees cite rising healthcare costs as one of their top fears in retirement, according to a survey from the Nationwide Retirement Institute. In fact, 63 percent of these affluent pre-retirees describe themselves as “terrified” of what healthcare costs … Continue reading How Can You Prepare for Healthcare Expenses in Retirement?

How and When to Pay Plan Expenses with Plan Assets

Some retirement plan expenses can be paid for with plan assets — but many can’t. Which are the “reasonable and necessary” retirement plan expenses that can be paid out of plan assets?Generally, services required to maintain the plan’s compliance and administration can be paid from plan assets. Obvious examples include the annual nondiscrimination testing and … Continue reading How and When to Pay Plan Expenses with Plan Assets

Beware of the IRS and DOL: Four Red Flags They Seek on Form 5500

The Form 5500 is an ERISA requirement for retirement plans to report and disclose operating procedures. Advisors use this to confirm that plans are managed according to ERISA standards. The form also allows individuals access to information, protecting the rights and benefits of the plan participants and beneficiaries covered under the plan.Make sure you are … Continue reading Beware of the IRS and DOL: Four Red Flags They Seek on Form 5500

Is it Time for a Plan Refresh?

The duty to provide participants with sufficient information to make consistently informed retirement investment decisions is a basic fiduciary responsibility under ERISA Section 404(a). However, there could be some plan committees who feel their participants are not consistently making prudent decisions. According to a 2016 JP Morgan survey¹ nearly 75 percent of participants say they … Continue reading Is it Time for a Plan Refresh?

Should your Company Implement a Student Loan Assistance Program?

The simple answer is yes! By doing so, you’ll attract, retain and engage top college-educated talent at your company. Twenty-six percent of the U.S. workforce and 69 percent of 2018 college graduates are encumbered by student loans, with the national total student loan debt total climbing steadily towards $1.6T. Student loan assistance has quickly become … Continue reading Should your Company Implement a Student Loan Assistance Program?

Complying with ERISA 404(c)

According to ERISA, plans intending to comply with 404(c) must ensure that participants: Have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of investment alternatives (which are adequately diversified); may direct the investment of their accounts with a frequency which is appropriate; and can obtain sufficient information to make informed investment decisions. The plan sponsor … Continue reading Complying with ERISA 404(c)