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Aug 2018

Making Sense of Auto-Enrollment Rules

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…

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Jul 2018

Teach Your Children to Save

My son has $400 in his savings account. Now, that might not sound like a lot, but consider the following: My son is 12 and does not yet have a job His father, who has been working continuously since he was 11, did not have any savings until he was in his thirties; and outside of retirement, strug…

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19

Jul 2018

Why Median > Average When it Comes to Retirement Plan Account Balances

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…

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12

Jul 2018

Don’t Hire an Investment Advisor!

Did the headline catch your attention? I know it sounds bizarre, given that our firm provides, well, investment advisory services - but hear me out.  The majority of Requests for Proposal (RFPs) that we receive are for investment advisers or investment consultants.  However, the plan spons…

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Jun 2018

The Differences Between 403(b) and 401(k) Pricing

While there are some exceptions, particularly among the very largest of retirement plans, the recordkeeping fees for 401(k) plans are generally less expensive than those for 403(b) plans of the same asset size. Why is this you might ask?  The answer is that 403(b) plans are fundamentally dif…

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21

Jun 2018

Fiduciary Best Practices for Public University Retirement Plans

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a webinar hosted by my colleagues, Joey Payne and Jeff Levy of Cammack Retirement Group, and Eric Paley of Nixon Peabody. The webinar examined best practices for public university retirement plan fiduciaries in the current litigation and regulatory environm…

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14

Jun 2018

Retirement Jargon Confusion

As many of you are aware, there is a lot of retirement plan industry and legal jargon that is confusing not only to plan participants, but also to plan sponsors and those who work with them.  In fact, one of the goals for Top of Mind and our Twitter feed is to make retirement plans mo…

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07

Jun 2018

Takeaways from the “A Time for You” Redbook and MFS Event

Last week, I had the pleasure of watching my colleague Emily Wrightson participate in the Redbook/MFS “A Time for You” event.  And what a treat it was, hearing four women —three of whom work in the financial services industry, as well as the editorial director of Redbook magazine — …

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May 2018

Lessons Learned from Litigators

Last week, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion at the Retirement Advisor Council Annual Meeting with two attorneys who have - and are - litigating some of the highest profile retirement plan lawsuits to date, Kai Richter of Nichols Kaster, on the plaintiffs’ side, and Brian Ortelere …

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