Category Archives: Retirement Plans

Need to differentiate yourself among the big boys and girls

A report by Cerulli on the future of the retirement plan business had a startling number. The report showed estimates that the 10 largest recordkeepers will represent more than 75% of record kept 401(k) assets by year-end 2019. That’s a … Continue reading

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The problem with insurance with 401(k) plans

I have life insurance and it’s an important financial tool to protect your loved ones. I’ve never been a fan of maintaining a life insurance policy within a qualified plan and that bias against it is because of the compliance … Continue reading

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Per head charges are eye popping in MEP case

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is a national service organization that represents more than 1,000 rural electric cooperatives around the United States. NRECA sponsors a 401(k) multiple employer plan (MEP) and is a target of a class-action lawsuit. The … Continue reading

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SECURE Act makes those late 5500s more costly

One aspect of the SECURE Act that many commentators failure to note is that it’s mor expensive to file a late Form 5500. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) penalty before the SECURE Act was $25 a day, up to a … Continue reading

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Delaware hammers a 403(b) Provider

The non-ERISA §403(b) space is the last bastion of high, hidden costs in retirement plans. That’s the problem when a plan isn’t covered under ERISA and the fee disclosure regulations. So when it comes to 403(b) plans for teachers, the … Continue reading

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Organization For 401(k) Plan Sponsors To Limit Their Liability

My latest article for JDSupra.com can be found here.

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When you focus only on fees, you lose sight of everything else

For the past 7 years, fee disclosure has certainly helped you as a plan sponsor to finally understand the true cost of plan administration. That’s important because you have a fiduciary duty to only pay reasonable plan expense. The problem … Continue reading

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The Legend of The Flintstones Tie

I was a first-year law student participating in moot court, just because all second-year students participated even when I knew I had zero interest in ever being a litigator. In those days, my mother would buy me these cheap character … Continue reading

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There are no sure things, there are opportunities

Every time I’ve spoken to other plan providers about sure things they are working on, all I later see are missed opportunities. There are no sure things in this business, there are opportunities. Even when you have a signed contract … Continue reading

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The problem of a recordkeeping asset-based fee

A long time in a galaxy, far far away (the time before fee disclosure regulations), I talked to the top salesman of a certain third-party administration (TPA) firm that charged an asset-based fee. The TPA wasn’t a producing one, they … Continue reading

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