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Using Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA Is A Big Mistake

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Like beating a dead horse, I will again say that it is a bad idea for plan sponsors to hire their payroll provider as their 401(k) third party administrator (TPA)....more

Simple Advice to Retirement Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I don’t know about you, most of the advice I got growing up was usually wrong. Maybe some very unsuccessful people surrounded me when I was younger, but advice can be biased and self-serving at times. The best advice I would...more

The problem with fiefdoms

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Brady Bunch was probably everyone’s vision of what a perfect family was. There two sets of a parent with three children of their own and together they blended the families and everything ended up happily after a 22-minute...more

Advisors Advantage - May 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Relationships. That is what it's about. The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It's about connecting with other plan providers and more...more

Small 401(k) Plans Have Bigger Problems Than Larger Plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Common sense would make you think that larger 401(k) plans would have the larger problems. Sometimes common sense and reality are mutually exclusive. Thanks to the quirks of the retirement plan business and how it prices...more

Culture only comes from the top

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I was leaving a position as an ERISA attorney at a third party administration (TPA) firm for what I thought would be greener pastures. The TPA quickly hired an unemployed ERISA attorney for the role and when he was telling me...more

For Retirement Plan Providers, It’s All About Relationships

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It’s about connecting with other plan providers and more importantly, connecting with plan sponsors. So while you may think what gets you business is a nice...more

The Name You Know

by Ary Rosenbaum on

7 years ago, I knew I was going to start my own national law practice dedicated to ERISA because I wasn’t going to accomplish that at the law firm I was working at. Prior to leaving, the local salesperson for one of the...more

The Wrong Reasons For Hiring 401(k) Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Selecting a retirement plan provider can be a lot like dating in the sense that plan sponsors shouldn’t pick providers for the wrong reasons. Nobody knows more about the wrong reasons for dating more than me; we call those...more

Employees don’t want to hear that

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I always jokingly say that the reason I try to avoid hiring employees is that I once was an employee too. However, part of the problem is that I worked for many employers who didn’t understand their role and the role of their...more

Get Over The Fear Of Hiring An ERISA Attorney

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an attorney, I’ve heard a lot of lawyer jokes and some of them are amusing. I once said at law school that I now know why lawyers have terrible reputations because I met some of these lawyers at law school. While lawyers...more

You have a choice in who you hire as a plan provider

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few weeks back, I signed up my daughter with a new summer camp after she was at her previous camp for six years. Honestly, it was five good years at that previous camp and one not so great year. The one thing I’m happy...more

What It Takes To Make A Good Retirement Plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Good retirement plans don’t happen like accident, like the discovery of penicillin. It requires roles and duties that need to be filled competently. It doesn’t take a genius to make a good retirement, it takes dedication ad...more

Advisors Advantage - April 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Thinking Outside The Box For Plan Providers. It's a way to get ahead. The retirement plan business is one of the most competitive businesses out there because there is so many competing plan providers out there...more

Thinking Outside The Box For Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan business is one of the most competitive businesses out there because there is so many competing plan providers out there that are also looking for plan sponsor clients and they will certainly be contacting...more

Don’t Let Vendettas Cost You

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m sure people who have heard of me in my local village might say I’m difficult in the sense that I’m not afraid to speak up in defense of myself and family. I seem to get in fights with people in my area who seem to have...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors Need To Get Up And Focus On This

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Too many plan sponsors ignore their retirement plans and by doing that, they are unknowingly putting themselves in harm’s way. I know hat plan sponsors are busy running their own businesses, but the nature of the 401(k) plan...more

Strategies for EEO Compliance: Focus on Leadership, Not Compliance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We observed last year that the legal industry is no more immune to the holdovers of sexism than any other profession. As we noted, in a step toward stemming this problem, the American Bar Association has passed a new model...more

The Small Stuff That Plan Sponsors Should Sweat Out

by Ary Rosenbaum on

It’s often said that you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. The problem is that many times, a retirement plan sponsor ignores the small stuff, and that small stuff leads to bigger problems. This article is about small details...more

The thing about that Oakley thing

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m an LA Clippers fan from Brooklyn and my wife was kind enough to score me some great seats for their game a few weeks back at Madison Square Garden through her employer. The seats were fifth row behind the basket near...more

Warning Signs that Your Retirement Plan Might Be In Trouble

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to your health, there are warning signs when you’re about to suffer a heart attack or a stroke. If you pay attention to these warnings signs, you might avoid a serious medical emergency. While a retirement plan...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors: Don’t Make These Mistakes

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Larry David is one of my favorite people because he created two of the greatest shows in television history: “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The shows are similar in that they depict bad ideas or bad behaviors. Curb...more

Advisors Advantage - March 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How You Can Stand Out From The Crowd As A Retirement Plan Advisor. It would be a detriment to focus only on this stuff. There are lots of financial advisors who claim they handle retirement plans, but there are...more

How You Can Stand Out From The Crowd As A Retirement Plan Advisor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

There are lots of financial advisors who claim they handle retirement plans, but there are only a fraction of those advisors who know how to actually handle them. So if you are a retirement plan financial advisor who knows...more

Sometimes Plan Sponsors just want to throw you off their “scent”

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When you meet retirement plan sponsors just at different networking events and they find out that you’re a retirement plan provider, they may volunteer that their retirement plan is in perfect shape. As we know as retirement...more

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