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Jul 2017

Back to Basics: Moving Your Retirement Plan Money

Welcome back to Back to Basics!  In this edition, we will define some basic terms associated with moving funds into/out of/within a retirement plan.   Distribution — Also known as a withdrawal, this is the primary method for receiving retirement plan assets as taxable income. &nbs…

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13

Jul 2017

Another Comment Period on the Fiduciary Rule

On June 29th, while you were no doubt busy preparing for the Fourth of July holiday, the Department of Labor (DOL) decided it would be a good time to issue yet another request for comment on the fiduciary rule.  Releasing items on a Friday, or just in advance of a holiday weekend, has been a co…

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06

Jul 2017

The Importance of Retirement Investing Over Saving for Older Employees

You‘ve heard the same message from many people, including myself:  due to the time-value of money, the earlier you start saving for retirement, the better off you will be when you retire.  When building retirement wealth, the critical factor is the age at which you commence retirement savi…

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29

Jun 2017

Catching Up with Recordkeeper Technology

I spend a lot of my on-the-job time researching the recordkeeping platforms of retirement plan sponsors.  In the course of my research, as of late, I have come across an interesting phenomenon. For lack of a better term, I will call it technology lag. Recordkeeper technology, for the most pa…

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22

Jun 2017

Mutual Fund Trading Costs: The Most Important Fee You’ve Never Heard Of?

What if I told you that there is a fee present in mutual funds that is NOT included in the fund's published expense ratios and is often not publicly disclosed by the fund companies, since the SEC does not require its disclosure?  You might laugh, but it is true. These added fees are known as tr…

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15

Jun 2017

Alternate Fee Calculation/Allocation Models

By now, most retirement plan sponsors have an understanding of the two primary methods used by recordkeepers  to charge fees to plans and participants: As a percentage of plan assets - Typically expressed in hundredths of a percent, or basis points (e.g., ten basis points = one-tenth of one …

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08

Jun 2017

Learning from PLANSONSOR's Plan Sponsor of the Year Finalists

Two of our clients, the University of Massachusetts and the Oklahoma State University and A&M System, were selected by PLANSPONSOR as 2017 Plan Sponsor of the Year finalists.  My colleague, Jeff Snyder, had the opportunity to discuss the initiatives that made them worthy of recognitio…

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17

May 2017

The First 100 Days Are Done. Now What?

My colleague, Jeff Snyder, recently appeared on an Asset TV panel to discuss the implications of President Trump’s first 100 days in office on retirement plans (for those concerned about the future landscape of retirement plans, I strongly suggest a viewing). The discussion highlights many of the re…

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