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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
The old adage “Don’t believe everything you read” applies to retirement-related articles as well.Read more
Properly executed financial literacy, financial wellness - or whatever you want to call campaigns that aim to prevent people from making poor choices with their money - are a tremendous benefit. However, traditional programs can have difficulty attracting an audience. Back when I needed it the most …Read more
Show of hands out there (yes, I can see you!): How many have heard of Rodney Dangerfield? Hmm….tough crowd! For the uninitiated, he was one of the greatest comedians (at least to me) when I was growing up and his entire live act centered around jokes about the fact that no one respected him. …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