Four Ways to Increase Employee Retirement Contribution Participation

As a retirement plan sponsor how can you encourage your employees to save and save more? Improving both employee participation and their saving rates is easy when you’re prepared. Here are four simple ways you can help your employees start building a confident retirement. Boost employee participation with automatic enrollment. Choosing to automatically enroll all new employees in your retirement plan can dramatically improve your … Continue reading Four Ways to Increase Employee Retirement Contribution Participation

Participant Corner: Retirement Readiness – Planning for the First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Much has been made of the current state of the American worker as it pertains to their retirement savings.  According to a recent study by the General Accountability Office, 29% of Americans 55 and older do not have any retirement savings or pension plan and those who have saved are woefully behind with 55-64 year olds averaging $104,000 in retirement assets. The bleak outlook can … Continue reading Participant Corner: Retirement Readiness – Planning for the First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Index Funds – Looking Beyond Fees

The flow to passive management is one of the biggest talking points of the decade. With this shift came the daunting task, and responsibility, to better evaluate the abundance of index funds offered by the marketplace. Index funds seek to replicate the performance of a benchmark, making the idea of comparing returns appear counter-intuitive. This notion has led many to focus almost entirely on fees. … Continue reading Index Funds – Looking Beyond Fees

Student Loan Contribution Programs: The New Way to Recruit and Retain Millennials in Today’s Workplace

As human resource managers begin working on updating their benefits package, it’s important to remember that millennials are quitting their jobs faster than employers can hire them1 – which is especially problematic considering millennials now make up 50 percent of the workforce 2. The reasons for resignations vary widely, but one retention solution may be to consider offering a student loan contribution program. In 1999, … Continue reading Student Loan Contribution Programs: The New Way to Recruit and Retain Millennials in Today’s Workplace

Why We Use Russell Instead of S&P

Ever wondered why we use Russell instead of S&P for benchmarks in the RPAG system? Here are four important reasons: Russell ranks each company in the investable universe according to its total market capitalization while S&P uses a committee to make these decisions. Market cap is the primary indicator to determine where a company belongs in the Russell Index. Using a float adjustment methodology, Russell … Continue reading Why We Use Russell Instead of S&P

Participant Corner: Borrowing Against Your Retirement Plan: More Costly Than You Think

This month’s employee memo informs participants about taking money out of their retirement plan. Download the memo from your Fiduciary Briefcase at fiduciarybriefcase.com and distribute to your participants. Please see an excerpt below. PARTICIPATING IN THE COMPANY’S RETIREMENT PLAN is a smart and important decision. Smart because you are putting away small amounts today for a comfortable retirement later. As your account begins to grow, … Continue reading Participant Corner: Borrowing Against Your Retirement Plan: More Costly Than You Think

Anthem Settlement Awards Participants More than $23M

Recently the Bell vs. ATH Holding Company, LLC (a subsidiary of Anthem, Inc.) lawsuit settled. This is frequently referred to as the “Anthem Settlement” (the “Settlement”). The Settlement received quite a bit of attention from both the industry and mainstream press for a number of reasons, not the least of which include the size of the 401(k) plan ($5.1 billion), the size of the monetary … Continue reading Anthem Settlement Awards Participants More than $23M

Participant Corner: What’s an HSA and is it Right for You?

This month’s employee memo gives participants answers to common questions on HSAs. Download the memo from your Fiduciary Briefcase at fiduciarybriefcase.com and distribute to your participants. Please see an excerpt below. Health savings accounts (HSAs) have grown tremendously in popularity over the past few years. You’ve probably heard of them or maybe your employer offers one. This memo will uncover answers to common questions you … Continue reading Participant Corner: What’s an HSA and is it Right for You?

Hey Joel! – Answers from a recovering former practicing ERISA attorney

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, Is it okay to use the same company for my plan’s recordkeeping, 3(38) advisory services, and administration? ~ Consolidating in California Dear Consolidating, It may seem logical to bundle all of your retirement plan’s services with one provider – recordkeeping, 3(38) … Continue reading Hey Joel! – Answers from a recovering former practicing ERISA attorney

Four Reasons to Integrate Health Savings into your Retirement Plan

As Americans look into the future and towards retirement, many understand that maintaining their health will be an important part of their overall quality of life after they stop working. However, uncertainty around healthcare costs – both now and in retirement – is a major financial worry among Americans preparing for retirement. So how can you help your workers reduce financial anxiety about retirement preparedness … Continue reading Four Reasons to Integrate Health Savings into your Retirement Plan