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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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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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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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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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04

Apr 2019

It’s Never Too Late to Start Saving

J. Money, who runs the uber-popular Budgets are Sexy personal finance blog, received a note from a reader that confided he: “just started saving at the ripe old age of 52 - so crazy. I am a late bloomer." Truth be told: while I started saving for retirement in my early 20s due to my job, other savi…

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28

Mar 2019

Recordkeeper Financial Wellness Portals: My Personal Experience

As you might imagine, I access the website of my own retirement plan from time-to-time - not so much to check on my personal account, but to see the latest and greatest participant offerings from the recordkeeper. Upon my latest visit, I noticed that there was a “financial wellness” tab. As Top of M…

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21

Mar 2019

The Best Reason to Save for Retirement

One of the most popular excuses as to why someone can’t save for retirement (right behind, “I can’t afford it”) is: “Retirement is so far off in the future; I could be dead by then.” This “living for today” mentality generally entails the premise of enjoying life to the fullest - which, apparently m…

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Mar 2019

The Retirement Plan Raiders are Back!

The anecdotal signs were there: increasing calls from “advisors” requesting instructions on how to roll over plan assets from a qualified retirement plan to an IRA (generally with the participant to whom the IRA was just sold in the room). Often, the participant to whom the advisor is providing “gui…

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