Four Ways to Increase Employee Retirement Contributions

As a retirement plan sponsor, you want your employees to save the most they can in order to reach their maximum retirement potential. A significant amount of research says that you can improve both employee participation and their saving rates. Here are four ways you can help your employees start building a confident retirement: 1.     … More Four Ways to Increase Employee Retirement Contributions

DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule & the SEC’s Best Interests Rule – Is No News Good News?

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 … More DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule & the SEC’s Best Interests Rule – Is No News Good News?

Wells Fargo – Principal Agrees to Buy Retirement Business

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 … More Wells Fargo – Principal Agrees to Buy Retirement Business

Retirement is a Long Way Off Until It’s Not – Should I Supplement My Retirement Savings With an IRA?

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 … More Retirement is a Long Way Off Until It’s Not – Should I Supplement My Retirement Savings With an IRA?

Washington Update

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 … More Washington Update

Helping Participants Determine Retirement Readiness

Many plan sponsors struggle with providing resources for participants to help them determine their retirement readiness. Participants will have many questions and need many answers, including deciding when they want to retire, when they can retire, how much money they will need, how much they have yet to save, and how they are going to … More Helping Participants Determine Retirement Readiness

Public Sector Fiduciaries and Their Responsibilities

Fiduciaries are responsible for the management of employee retirement plans in many regards, including plan investments and plan administration.  As such, fiduciaries have responsibilities to both their participants as well as their employers, to hold to the fiduciary standards in all aspects of their work. What are fiduciary responsibilities? Fiduciaries have important responsibilities and are … More Public Sector Fiduciaries and Their Responsibilities

Q1 2019 Market Review

U.S. equity markets rebounded sharply up 14% (Russell 3000) in the first quarter on progress with China trade talks and more dovish comments from the Federal Reserve. International equities rallied as well, posting a 10.3% gain over the quarter (MSCI ACWI ex U.S.). The U.S. fixed income market was up 2.9% for the quarter (Bloomberg … More Q1 2019 Market Review