Monthly Archives: August 2017

Clues That There are Problems With A 401(k) Plan Provider

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

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The Retirement Advantage buys a TPA as he business further consolidates

As discussed with purchases by Ascensus, there is further consolidation in the third party administration (TPA) business. The Retirement Advantage, Inc. (TRA), purchased Retirement Planning, Inc. (RPI), a Grand Rapids, Michigan TPA. The business is heading towards consolidation because of … Continue reading

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Inject life in enrollment meetings

When it comes to oral or written communications, it’s important that you play to your audience. Any communication that is above or below the audience’s comprehension is going to be a missed opportunity to communicate your message. When it comes … Continue reading

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The easiest mistake most 401(k) plan sponsors make

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and that’s how I feel when it comes sometimes to what a 401(k) plan sponsor does. Yet, there is an error that too many 401(k) plan sponsors do that the Department … Continue reading

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Mistakes An Employer Should Avoid Starting A 401(k) Plan

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They can’t see it, since they caused it

A few years back, I had the worst call with a prospective client in the 19 years I have been an ERISA attorney. This 401(k) plan sponsor was like many prospective clients, poor participation and paying too much in fees. … Continue reading

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Goodbye Lois

I treat people the way I want to be treated and I carry a grudge against the select few who didn’t treat me that well. For 7 years now, I’ve made the Managing Attorney of my old law firm as … Continue reading

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Consider how an advisor uses other plan providers

What makes a good retirement plan financial advisor? Well it takes an attention to detail, an understanding of what the role entails, and a dedication to the plan sponsor client. In addition, what I find is the way a good … Continue reading

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Connecticut gets it right for Non-ERISA 403(b) plans

One of the things that most people forget about fee disclosure as it pertains to retirement plans is that it’s only applicable to ERISA based retirement plans. So non-ERISA 403(b) plans have no fee disclosure requirements and it’s sad when … Continue reading

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The real reason why bad funds are in 401(k) plans

Researchers once looked at some data to try to figure out why many poor 401(k) investment choices linger on fund lineups. The researchers identified one fairly clear explanation: a sub-par fund is much more likely to stay on the menu … Continue reading

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