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Sep 2020

Why "Six is the New Three" When It Comes to Automatic Enrollment

At last month’s Retirement Advisor Council annual meeting, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a session about participant retirement readiness, where Joe Smith made the statement: “six is the new three” when it comes to automatic enrollment. While I tend to be a sucker for snappy catch phrases, her…

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Sep 2020

Young People, Financial Wellness, and Some Interesting Survey Data

Many retirement plan sponsors are aware that financial wellness/independence is a powerful benefit that should be strongly considered or enhanced. Generally, employees who are more financially healthy are able to save more for retirement (and other purposes). And, thanks to the magic of compounding,…

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Aug 2020

How Successful is Your Retirement Plan? Ask This Simple Question

There are many ways to measure the success of a retirement plan - from simple methods such as assessing plan asset growth, average account balance, and voluntary participation percentage metrics, to more complicated approaches like monitoring the percentage of participants on track to accumulate eno…

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13

Aug 2020

Participant Engagement: Determining Your Audience’s Preferences

One of the challenges associated with successfully engaging retirement plan participants is figuring out your audience’s preferences. Let’s take myself as an example, ignoring the fact that I work in the retirement plan industry for a moment. As a 50-something Gen Xer, my plan’s recordkeeper/TPA mi…

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Aug 2020

More Questionable Retirement Plan Features

In a recent Top of Mind, and in our latest webinar, we shared some questionable plan features that came back to haunt retirement plan sponsors during the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are plenty of other questionable plan features that all too many plan sponsors adopt that can greatly increase plan a…

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Jul 2020

What’s on the Agenda for Your Next Retirement Plan Due Diligence Meeting?

Another quarter has closed - and, for many plan sponsors, that means another quarterly due diligence meeting is just around the corner. Let’s say you are the committee chair in charge of putting together the agenda for the meeting. What will it consist of? Chances are that it will include a thoroug…

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23

Jul 2020

Getting to the Bottom of Financial Wellness

Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a wonderful group of people at the Retirement Advisor Council to produce a comprehensive position paper, “What do You Mean When You Say Financial Wellness?” While a hot button term, if ten different people were asked to define financial wellness/in…

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Jul 2020

The DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule: Some “Top of Mind” Thoughts

As the 123-page Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule arrived on my computer on the evening of June 29, I did not have high expectations. After all, the DOL has been at this for a decade, with no success. And the prior Fiduciary Rule - which I liked - did not survive a court challenge from the ve…

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Jul 2020

The CARES Act “Run on the Bank” That Wasn’t

Remember back in March when retirement plan recordkeepers were panicking about the COVID-19 pandemic and the related stock market plunge, allegedly fielding record volumes of calls from frantic participants who not only wanted to flee equity investments, but also wanted to take out their money entir…

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