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Oct 2020

Retirement/Financial Wellness Adages That May Not Be Helpful

A recent Forbes article indicated that the new retirement income annuity projections mandated by the SECURE Act, which are intended to encourage retirement savings, might have the opposite effect. For example, if a participant realizes that their $125,000 retirement account balance can only purchase…

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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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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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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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May 2020

Is Now the Time for a Roth Conversion?

Allowed by some retirement plans, a Roth conversion permits the transfer of pre-tax dollars to Roth, with income taxes paid on the transferred amount, instead of upon the distribution of the pre-tax funds. (once certain qualifications are met, Roth balances are not taxed at all upon distribution). …

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May 2020

Tips to Avoid Taking that Retirement Plan Withdrawal

In a recent Top of Mind, we discussed how accessing retirement plan funds during the COVID-19 pandemic is not the greatest idea. But how can employees avoid a withdrawal or loan when they really need the money? Here are a few tips to help individuals achieve better financial footing without raiding …

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Apr 2020

CARES Act Myths

More than one month has passed since the enactment of the CARES Act, yet there are still many widely held misconceptions about the retirement plan-related provisions. In this week’s Top of Mind, we attempt to dispel some of those myths. Myth # 1: Anyone can take advantage of the new CARES Act loan …

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