Implementing an ESG Investment Strategy in the Qualified Plan Space

Posted by Michael Geraci, CRPC, AIF

October 3, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing continues to garner attention. The ability to invest in those companies that are mindful of sustainability practices, social issues, and other mission-related concerns allows investors to have some say in what’s important to them. When considering whether to offer ESG-focused funds in qualified plan lineups, however, advisors and plan sponsors need to be aware of the legal framework for fiduciaries and how the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) views the investing style. Here, I’ll break down the details that go into implementing an ESG investment strategy, as well as some important DOL and due diligence considerations.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

Picture This! A Better Way to Connect with 401(k) Participants

Posted by Dan Collins

October 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM

I must confess—I love emojis (   ). Why? Because they’re an easy, lively, and memorable way to communicate. Research supports the effectiveness of images over words—when people hear information, they're likely to remember only 10 percent of that information three days later. But if a relevant image is paired with that same information, people remember 65 percent three days later. How can you apply this knowledge in your business? If you work with qualified retirement plans, I bet you have a hard time getting employees to stay engaged and interested long enough for you to teach them all they need to know about saving for retirement. Maybe it’s time to change things up a bit, so you can better connect with 401(k) participants.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

5 Strategies to Maximize Employee Engagement—and Retention

Posted by Kristen Terpstra

September 26, 2018 at 1:30 PM

With unemployment rates at historic lows, competition is fierce in the marketplace, and employers are at a risk of losing candidates—or even key employees—to competitors offering additional perks and benefits. So, it’s more important than ever for business owners to understand how they can maximize employee engagement and, therefore, retention. The good news is there are a number of small enhancements you can make—ranging from communication to professional development—that can help keep your employees happy in their roles. 

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Topics: Practice Management

Scaling the Truly Exceptional Client Experience

Posted by John Reid

September 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Running an efficient and profitable advisory practice, with happy, satisfied clients who refer you to their colleagues, friends, and family is the goal of financial advisors everywhere. But over time, as your practice grows, you may find that you have too many clients, leading to bandwidth issues among your staff and diluting the client experience. Or, you may not have enough ideal clients to maintain your continued trajectory, which is a different problem altogether.

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Topics: Practice Management

Know Your Clients: Data-Gathering Techniques for Financial Advisors

Posted by Patrick Sarne

September 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM

In Wealth Management: The New Business Model for Financial Advisors, Russ Alan Prince and Hannah Shaw Grove suggest that the wealth management model is the wave of the future. They also help advisors determine if this holistic life-planning approach is right for them and the best way to adopt the approach. But what really struck me when reading this book was the authors' description of how to gather client information.

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Topics: Financial Planning

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