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13

Jun 2019

Giving 403(b) a Bad Name

I was speaking recently to a 401(k) practitioner who does not work with 403(b) plans. When I explained that my primary practice was 403(b), he responded: “Why do you work with those terrible high-fee annuity plans?” I had to explain to him that the segment of 403(b) to which he was referring, the pu…

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06

Jun 2019

Addressing the Affordability of Retirement Savings

Generally, the reason that employees fail to save for retirement is not because they don’t know the benefits of retirement savings. And, for the most part, it is not because they don’t believe in saving for retirement (although there are some with this mindset). No, the primary reason that people d…

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30

May 2019

Retirement Plan Outcomes: The Missing Puzzle Piece

Most retirement plan sponsors, particularly large ones, have spent quite a bit of time and effort ensuring that their plans can survive an IRS Audit, DOL investigation, and/or litigation by closely reviewing investment arrays and fees. However, there is one simple and straightforward topic that has …

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23

May 2019

The Future of Retirement Plans

In our Revamping Retirement podcast, we have been addressing the evolution of the retirement plan landscape over the past 25 years. And a lot has changed - from technology, plan design and investments, to, of course, fees. But what might the next 25 years have in store for the future generation of r…

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16

May 2019

​Something New I Learned from the DOL

Even after 27 years in the retirement plan business, there is hardly a week that goes by where I don’t learn something new - and the past few weeks have been no exception! Recently, Greg Needles of Morgan Lewis and I had the distinct pleasure of sharing a podium with Preston Rutledge, head of the E…

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09

May 2019

Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs): Why I’m Not a Fan

For regular blog readers, it’s no secret that there are certain retirement plan provisions which I could live without. While strides have been made over the years, in my opinion, the laws governing retirement plans remain needlessly complicated and have many unnecessary provisions. Required Minimum…

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02

May 2019

The Stock Market Darlings: Then and Now

In the recent episodes of our Revamping Retirement podcast, we have discussed the changes in retirement plans since I started working for Cammack Retirement Group way back in December of 1991 (yes, I’m old!). As you may imagine, things are quite different - from plan design, to investments, to techn…

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25

Apr 2019

Why do Employees Cash Out their 401(k)/403(b) When They Leave?

I was talking to a retirement plan participant the other day who had terminated employment with his employer and had a small amount in his 403(b) plan - not so small that it would be automatically cashed out (if the plan had a cash-put provision), but not a giant amount, either. The employee’s first…

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18

Apr 2019

Why Auto-Enrollment is Always a Good Idea

Auto-enrollment has seen increasing adoption among plan sponsors of retirement plans. And for good reason: It is hard to find a reason why auto-enrollment is a bad idea! Yet, there have been some concerns. Some plan sponsors worry about the disruption auto-enrollment may cause employees. Since empl…

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11

Apr 2019

A Conversation About Financial Wellness

At the recent 2019 PLANSPONSOR/PLANADVISER Excellence in Retirement Awards Dinner, I had the opportunity to discuss financial wellness with fellow advisers at a pre-dinner roundtable. Here are some of the key takeaways from that session: “Financial Wellness” is not the best term to use - People do …

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