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I often have retirement plan sponsors ask me, “What is your opinion of Product X?” More often than not, it is a product that has been aggressively promoted by their retirement plan recordkeeper. Now, to be fair to retirement plan recordkeepers, with lower fees and declining margins, they are in an i…Read more
Retirement plan committees (which are sometimes broken down into separate committees such as an investment committee and/or an administrative committee) serve an important function to ensure that the plan fiduciaries fulfill their responsibilities. While most plan sponsors utilize these committees,…Read more
Over eight years ago, in a PLANSPONSOR Ask the Experts column, I suggested to plan sponsors that all employees be permitted to make elective deferrals to a 403(b) plan (a concept the IRS calls “Universal Availability”), despite the fact that certain employees could be prohibited from making these de…Read more
The proposed hardship regulations were issued less than a month ago, but there already appears to be a lot of misunderstanding among plan sponsors and those who work with them. Based on the numerous questions we’ve received these past few weeks, it appears that the biggest misconceptions are as fol…Read more
In my experience, most of the retirement plans that are eligible to maintain a hardship distribution provision (defined benefit and money purchase plans cannot, and 457(b) plans can only permit distributions for unforeseeable emergencies, which are a different animal entirely) do indeed allow funds …Read more
In this week’s Top of Mind, Mike Webb shares some key takeaways from his recent P&I webinar on healthcare and higher education retirement plans.Read more
Surprise--Your Retirement Plan Participants May Be Hiring Advisors and Using Plan Assets to Pay for Them
In this week's Top of Mind, Mike Webb discusses retirement plans that allow participants to hire individual advisors and pay them using plan assets.Read more
Yes, I Know You Don’t Want to Conduct a Retirement Plan Recordkeeper RFP. But Here’s Why You Should.
In this week's Top of Mind, Mike Webb explains why plan sponsors can benefit from going through the RFP (request for proposal) process.Read more
While the IRS means well, when reviewing some of the regulations, I cannot help but wonder if someone was thinking, “How can I make this as difficult to understand as possible?” Such is the case with automatic enrollment. To start, the IRS doesn’t call it auto-enrollment, they refer to it as an “au…Read more
In a recent article by Barry Ritholtz, he mentions a concept that should be drilled into every retirement plan sponsor’s head when they review their recordkeeper statistics as to the success of their retirement plan: median is more significant than average. In the retirement plan’s “dashboa…Read more