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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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09

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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16

Apr 2020

CARES Act Q&A

Having just finished reading an epic piece (30 pages!) from S. Derrin Watson on the CARES Act retirement plan and related provisions, I thought a CARES Act Q&A on the top the five questions that appear to be tripping people up the most might be in order. The answers are based on the collective wisdo…

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29

Jan 2020

The Beginning of the End for Asset-Based Retirement Plan Recordkeeping Fees?

In The Top Retirement Plan Trends for 2020 we discussed the migration of retirement plans from traditional percentage of assets-based recordkeeping fees to per-participant fee structures. By implementing a per-participant model, recordkeeping fees do not snowball as plan assets grow (which only stan…

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16

Jan 2020

The SECURE Act Facts: What You Need to Know Now

To the surprise of many, significant retirement plan legislation, known as the SECURE Act, was signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019, thanks to its attachment to a must-pass budget appropriations bill. While comprehensive coverage of the Act will be the feature of upcoming thought …

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31

Oct 2019

The New DOL e-Disclosure Regs

On October 22, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the long-anticipated proposed regulations addressing electronic disclosure of ERISA-required documents such as Summary Plan Descriptions, benefit statements, fee disclosures and blackout notices. For retirement plan sponsors, the paperwork bu…

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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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