Defined contribution (DC) plan committees face increasing scrutiny on the myriad of decisions they make for their respective plans. During quarterly committee meetings, it’s no longer enough to run through an agenda of basic responsibilities; now, more than ever, leading plan committees recognize that they need to address all of the issues that they are … More Fortified Decision-Making – Structure your plan committee meetings for success
Any committee member sitting through their share of plan investment review meetings has heard the term “large cap” come up quite frequently. In our experience, large cap funds are top of list when the review turns to the stand-alone funds in the lineup. Given this place of prominence, it is critical to ponder its definition, … More Did Someone Order a Large?
By 2019, it is projected that 88% of new retirement plan contributions will be invested in target date funds.¹ Since introduction of the Pension Protection Act in 2007, the use of TDFs as Qualified Default Investment Alternatives (QDIAs) has increased from 36 to 86%.² As a retirement plan advisor, you may not be devoting 88% … More Are You Devoting 88% of Your Attention to Target Date Funds?
In the event that a plan discovers a practice breach based on IRS or DOL regulations, they may be well advised to attempt to apply for one of the self-correction programs identified below. It is typically advantageous to self-correct prior to the error being discovered by the IRS or DOL, as penalties and consequences may … More IRS/DOL Plan Error Self-Correction Programs
More retirement plan sponsors are considering collective investment trusts (CITs), along with mutual funds and other investment vehicles, as part of their investment menus. As knowledge is growing about CITs (pooled investment funds designed exclusively for qualified retirement plans), there are still many questions about how CITs work. To help you gauge your knowledge about … More Test Your CIT Knowledge
Participants may be eligible for a valuable incentive, which could reduce their federal income tax liability, for contributing to your company’s retirement plan. If they qualify, they may receive a Tax Saver’s Credit of up to $2,000 ($4,000 for married couples filing jointly) if they made eligible contributions to an employer sponsored retirement savings plan. … More 2017 Tax Saver’s Credit
The end of 2016 saw another subpar year in the international equity markets when compared to U.S. equity markets. The MSCI EAFE¹ (NR USD Index²), a proxy for international stocks, finished slightly higher during 2016, up 1.00 percent³. Compare that to the S&P 500⁴ (TR5), a proxy for U.S. stocks, which was up 11.96 percent³ … More Assessing the International Equity Markets
Although not a pleasant topic, it is an important one – Who is the named beneficiary of your retirement account should you pass away? When you enrolled in your retirement plan, you were asked to select a beneficiary to receive your retirement plan assets in the event of your death. This step may be more … More Don’t Let Your Ex Take Your Heart and Your Money
Several events can trigger a DOL or IRS audit, such as employee complaints or self-reporting under the annual submission of the Form 5500. Often times an audit is a random event, which is why you should always be prepared. Listed below are several key items typically requested in an initial letter sent by the IRS … More Are You Ready for an Audit?
These days, many plans are experiencing an uptick in the number of participant requests for hardship distributions. Much of this increased activity may be attributed to our prolonged and tepid economic recovery. As these requests are considered, you want to be sure not to act to the detriment of your plan. Improper handling of hardship … More Improper Handling of Hardship Distributions May Result in Significant Problems