Implementing a Consistent Retirement Plan Oversight Process

Posted by Mathew Powers, CFA, AIF

April 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM

If you're like many retirement plan advisors, saving time is among your most important goals. One area ripe with opportunity for improving efficiency and scale? Your plan-level investment services. By implementing a consistent retirement plan oversight process, these services will naturally become repeatable and streamlined. Let’s take a look at how leveraging guidelines, technology, and trusted partners can help you put such a process in place.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

How to Run a Successful Retirement Education Campaign

Posted by Steve Johnian

April 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Many employees struggle with saving for retirement for a variety of reasons. For starters, they face incredible inertia when it comes to simply enrolling in a retirement plan. Lack of financial knowledge is another big barrier that stymies their ability to properly manage their day-to-day personal finances and—for those who have enrolled in a retirement plan—put enough aside for their future and properly allocate their investments.

As these problems tend to spill over into the workplace, retirement education campaigns can go a long way to break down some of the barriers that prevent employees from adequately preparing for retirement—while also increasing employee productivity at work.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

Required Minimum Distributions: A Primer for Financial Advisors

Posted by Steve Johnian

March 7, 2018 at 1:30 PM

As you are likely aware, there are varying rules when it comes to required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts—both IRAs and qualified plans. As you also know, for your clients who have reached the age when they need to start taking retirement income, these rules can be quite confusing. To help you provide some clarity to your RMD conversations, I’ve created this brief primer that answers common questions, highlights frequent scenarios, and points out errors to avoid.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

What You Need to Know About State-Sponsored Retirement Plans

Posted by Andrew Farrell, CRPS

March 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM

In recent years, not having enough money for retirement has become Americans’ number-one financial concern, overtaking health care costs and saving for college, according to Gallup. This concern hasn’t gone unnoticed by federal and state governments. We’ve seen the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Conflict of Interest Rule, Congress’s consideration of the 401(k) in tax reform, and the rise of state-sponsored retirement plans for businesses.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

Would Fee-Based Retirement Plan Business Work for You?

Posted by Derenig Kostikian

January 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM

The past few years have brought a shift toward fee-based retirement plan business, fueled in part by the Department of Labor’s Conflict of Interest Rule. As a result, some advisors have decided to accept some fiduciary responsibility and charge a fee to manage qualified plans—with the goal of remaining competitive in the retirement plan space.

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Topics: Retirement Consulting

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