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Collective Investment Trusts as Retirement Plan Investment Options: Important Tax and ERISA Considerations [Video]

Nexsen Pruet tax and employee benefits attorney Sue Odom says retirement plan fees and expenses have been the “hot topic” for the past several years. We’ve seen increased regulation through disclosure requirements and...more

Mistakes A Plan Sponsor Should Correct Before An IRS or DOL Audit

I have been in the retirement plan business for over 17 years and I have met too many plan sponsors who don’t care that their plan isn’t being run correctly. What makes them eventually care is when they are audited by the...more

Features That Turn Your 401(k) Plan Into A 401(k) Disco

There is a difference between throwbacks vs. vintage clothing. A throwback is a sports uniform styled to resemble the uniforms that a team wore in the past. Vintage clothing are actual clothing garments from another era. I...more

The Plan Sponsor Awakens

Like most of my generation, I have been a Star Wars fan since I first saw A New Hope when I was 5 in1977. I even liked the prequel trilogy (except for Jar Jar Binks). When they announced that there would be an Episode VII, I...more

What Retirement Plan Sponsors Have To Fear

In his inauguration speech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Retirement plan sponsors have more to fear than fear itself except the problem is that they’re unaware that they...more

Lies That Prospective Retirement Plan Providers May Tell You

When we were children, our mothers told us stories that we believed to be true because we always believed what our parents were telling us was the truth. Part of growing up is realizing that a good chunk of what your mom told...more

Why Some Law Firms Have Lousy 401(k) Plans

My father is an electrician and my mother always joked that whenever we needed electrical work done in the house, we need to hire an electrician. The story is similar to the tale of the shoemaker’s children that needs shoes....more

Why Attorneys Should Care About Their Clients' Retirement Plans

While plan sponsors, financial advisors, and accountants should know about the potential pitfalls of plan sponsor liability or the need to have a plan design that fits the plan sponsor’s needs, I am amazed that many attorneys...more

The Dead Lawyers' Society

An enterprising associate attorney vs. a law firm uninterested in real enterprise. Sort of like the irresistible force vs. the immovable object. I fought the law firm and the law firm won. A law firm is a business like any...more

Why You Shouldn't Hire Your Payroll Company To Run Your 401(k) Plan

The top payroll providers offer services as third party administrators (TPAs) for 401(k) Plans. While it may be a natural segue from providing payroll, there are many reasons why you should avoid using them as your 401(k)...more

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