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Aug 2017

The 403(b) Monk and What We Can Learn from Him

I recently Tweeted about a fascinating New York Times article on Doug Lynam, a Benedictine monk who left the monastery to become—wait for it—a 403(b) advisor!  And others apparently share my fascination with this story, as this has become my most popular Tweet in my brief Twitter ca…

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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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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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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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May 2017

Which Sounds Better: Retirement or Financial Independence?

This week, in my review of content that might be of interest to Top of Mind readers, I stumbled upon a Tweet from Dan Otter of 403(b)wise (actually a retweet from Scott Dauenhauer) that discusses the wonderful-sounding concept of financial independence. After all, who wants to be financially depende…

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May 2017

Participant Engagement: Learning to Crawl Before You Can Walk

My colleagues, Sandy Lucev and Alison Kellner, recently wrote about some of the groundbreaking work our firm is conducting in the area of integrating retirement and financial wellness with overall employee wellness campaigns. Preliminary results from this innovative campaign have been promising and …

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Apr 2017

Top of Mind: Trends that Matter

In our most recent edition of Trends that Matter, fixed-dollar recordkeeping fees and ESG investing were the hot issues among retirement plan sponsors.  While those trends remain current, others have emerged that should be top of mind with plan sponsors: An increasing number of plan sponsors…

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Dec 2016

Santa Responds!

It’s his busiest time of year, but Santa managed to respond to my letter from last week: Dear Michael: Greetings from the North Pole!  While I do not normally provide written responses to the huge volume of letters that I receive this time of year, your letter was, shall I say, a b…

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Nov 2016

Thanksgiving Edition

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, there are many things for which I am thankful. While most have absolutely nothing to do with retirement plans, I thought I would share the ones that are retirement-related: 403(b) plan sponsors are eliminating the 15-year catch-up election in droves &md…

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