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Feb 2020

Random Nuggets I’ve Learned from the Internet, 2nd Edition

One of the benefits of constantly consuming retirement-related content is that, even after 28 years in the retirement business (yes, I’m old!), there is still an endless number of things to learn. In the second edition of “Random Nuggets I’ve Learned from the Internet,” I cover some of those.While i…

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Feb 2020

Employee Deferral Trivia

A question in our recent SECURE Act webinar concerning a relatively obscure rule in 457(b) plans inspired a look into the absolute maximum that an individual could voluntarily defer into any combination of qualified retirement plans (403(b)/401(k)/457(b)) in 2020. The result was surprising: The 457…

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23

Jan 2020

For Plan Sponsors with Choice: Is a 403(b) or 401(k) Plan Right?

Some organizations, like 501(c)(3) tax-exempts, have a choice in the type of retirement plan they offer. For many of these plan sponsors, a 403(b) plan makes the most sense; but for some, a 401(k) may be the right choice. Below are some of the primary factors that may help determine which type of re…

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12

Dec 2019

Five Features that Retirement Plans Can Do Without

There are many retirement plan features (such as automatic enrollment, automatic escalation, QDIAs, and well-designed loan provisions, to name a few) that add tremendous value to both plan sponsors and participants. However, there are also numerous plan features that I find to be relatively useless,…

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05

Dec 2019

Why the Road to Zero-Revenue Sharing Can Be Bumpy

Revenue sharing refers to the practice of investment providers sharing revenue with recordkeepers in exchange for performing some of the duties that the investment provider would typically have to do. Since the concept is difficult to explain to participants and has been the focus of litigation, an …

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17

Oct 2019

Small Balance Cash-Outs: The One Provision that Doesn’t Make Sense

Does your retirement plan have a mandatory cash-out provision for account balances of $5,000 or less, where terminated employees automatically receive a distribution unless they elect otherwise? This provision, when properly administered, greatly minimizes the number of missing participants in a pla…

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05

Sep 2019

Top of Mind Mailbag: The Roth Conundrum

On occasion, a Top of Mind blog post generates so many reader comments that it is worth sharing. This was the case with our recent piece on the Roth Conundrum. Below are some of the comments we received in our “mailbag”: One email addressed the potential future changes in tax law:“Great read on Rot…

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25

Jul 2019

Why Every Employee Should Be Auto-Enrolled

Back in April, I blogged about why auto-enrollment is always a good idea - but what I truly believe is that each and every employee in the country receiving a paycheck should be auto-enrolled in a retirement plan. Yes, every last one! New employees, existing employees, employees without retirement p…

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