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Absurd Things About 401(k) Plans That Are Actually True

by Ary Rosenbaum on

We drive on parkways and park on driveways. Cigarettes are sold in gas stations even though smoking is prohibited there. Fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing. Phonetic isn’t spelled the way it sounds. When it comes...more

The Appearance of Impropriety

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For some reason, the unincorporated village I live in has its own Sanitation District where a lot of unethical things have gone on in the past where a father and son once ruled with an iron fist. One man challenged the status...more

Stuff in a 401(k) Plan That Doesn’t Look Right

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I always say that if things don’t look right even if they are, it will give people the impression that something is wrong. It’s similar to the expression of: “when there’s smoke, there’s fire.” A plan sponsor can’t afford to...more

Advisors Advantage - July 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Creating Content That Will "Click". It will help you in the long run. In the old days, newspaper and television advertising were the way that you could get your message across to potential clients and sources for...more

Creating Content That Will “Click”

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In the old days, newspaper and television advertising were the way that you could get your message across to potential clients and sources for referrals. The only problem is that advertising was and is still cost prohibitive....more

Free Advice For 401(k) Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

They always say there is no such thing as a free lunch because most of the time, free has strings attached. Even when it comes to retirement plans, that free plan review is usually a sales pitch by a retirement plan provider...more

Be Careful Who You Attack On The Way Up

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I worked at a number of places in the 11 years before I started my own law firm practice and I will vouch that I didn’t try to hurt or attack any of my co-workers. People maybe upset with some of the stances I took in one...more

Good Bets By A 401(k) Plan Sponsor That Will Limit Their Liability

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I’m not much of a betting man because I hate to lose. Some will say that playing the stock market is gambling, but shrewd, informed investment decisions usually do well in the end. Retirement plan sponsors can make bets that...more

Welcoming the New Client

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As you know, I’ve been a member of a few Synagogues because I’m a wandering Jew and the thing I’ve noticed is the usual coldness I’d get when joining. Aside from the last synagogue I joined last year (hopefully, the last one...more

Communication is key when dealing with your client

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I have been an ERISA attorney for almost 19 years now and it’s gone by pretty quickly. I have worked for a few ERISA attorneys and have seen quite a few out there giving speeches around here and there....more

When trust is gone, turn out the lights

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’ve gone back into collecting sports cards because I need hobbies these days since I’m no longer involved in my synagogue and one of the interesting things I’ve discovered are something called card breaks. A sports card...more

Advisors Advantage - June 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

We Didn't Start The 401(k) Fire; It's Always Been Burning. The problems have always been there. I live in Long Island, so I think by a local law, I have to be a Billy Joel fan. He's not up there with Aerosmith, The...more

We Didn’t Start The 401(k) Fire; It’s Always Been Burning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I live in Long Island, so I think by a local law, I have to be a Billy Joel fan. He’s not up there with Aerosmith, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac for me, but he’s up there. I know it’s blasphemy to say it, but I always loved...more

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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