Benchmarking Client Retirement Plans: Providing a Measure of Health

Posted by Mathew Powers

April 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM

With the arrival of spring, many of us are gearing up for yet another golf season. And just like any other, this season is sure to be marked by a few highlights and (alas!) plenty of lowlights. The beautiful thing about golf is, no matter your skills on the course, you always have something to compete against—a handicap. Your handicap acts as a benchmark from which you can measure the health of your game.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

The Cash Balance Plan: A Qualified Plan Opportunity for Advisors

Posted by John Peters, CFP, AIF

April 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

What if I told you there's a qualified plan optimized for wealth managers who work with business owners? Well, there is! It's a cash balance plan, and it's growing in popularity among small and midsize businesses.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

The Big 3: Plan Sponsor Questions for the Retirement Plan Advisor

Posted by Kathleen Roche

April 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM

In 2014, the Employee Benefits Security Administration conducted nearly 4,000 civil investigations, 64.7 percent of them resulting in monetary recovery. While you may hear only about the high-profile class action lawsuits involving Fortune 500 companies, there are risks to plans of any size that don't meet their fiduciary responsibilities. For example, in LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates (a firm with about 200 employees), an individual plan participant—not part of a class action—was allowed to sue his employer.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

Managing Retirement Plans in Your Practice: It's Not Just for Specialists!

Posted by Paul Mahan, AIF

April 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Within the financial services industry, we equate leadership with prudence, diligence, and client care. As a successful wealth manager, you've used these qualities to build a wonderful client base. Your clients trust you with their financial concerns and expect that you will help them pursue their financial goals. You've executed so well, in fact, that one of your clients has now asked, "Can you manage the 401(k) plan I offer to my employees?"

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

Financial Planning for the Younger Client, Part 2: Beyond the Basics

Posted by Rose Watson, JD, MSEL

April 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

In part 1 of this post, I discussed the basics of financial planning for the younger client. And while it's important to address the fundamentals of spending and saving, what other financial needs should you discuss with your millennial clients?

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Topics: Financial Planning

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