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Jan 2019

You Have a Retirement Plan Committee - But Do You Have a Committee Charter?

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,…

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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

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

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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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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Apr 2018

Three Things to Think About Besides Retirement Plan Investments

Plan sponsors often have an unhealthy obsession with assembling the ideal array of plan investments. However, investment array selection, as well as the inherent agonizing over which funds to put on watch, which to replace, etc., should be relatively low on a plan sponsor’s list of priorities. Wh…

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Mar 2018

“Hell’s Kitchen” Plan Document Mistakes

My latest binge-watch is Hell's Kitchen, a reality show in which super-chef hopefuls are put through a cooking boot camp of sorts, with well-know chef (and yeller) Gordon Ramsay as their drill instructor.  And yes, I am fully aware that retirement plan expertise does not necessarily translate i…

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Aug 2017

Trends that Matter

In our most recent issue of Trends that Matter, participant engagement and fiduciary responsibility were the hot issues for retirement plan sponsors.  While those trends remain current, others have emerged that should be top of mind with plan sponsors.  The nonprofit sector is reacting …

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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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