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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an employer, a big reason for setting up a retirement plan is because it’s an employee benefit and it can be used to recruit and retain top-level employees. Unlike health insurance, the costs of running a retirement plan...more

It’s Time For 401(k) Plan Sponsors To Get A Grip

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an ERISA attorney with a national retirement plan practice, I often feel like a flight attendant giving the safety discussion on a commercial airplane. When I talk about retirement plans and fiduciary liability, I think...more

How a 401(k) Plan Sponsor Minimize Their Liability In 8 Easy Steps

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Sponsoring and operating a 401(k) plan isn’t easy. A plan sponsor can’t just set up the plan and forget it. They need to constantly be on the watch because of the liability exposure they have as a plan sponsor. When plan...more

Concepts That Retirement Plan Advisors Shouldn’t Focus On

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Being a financial advisor isn’t as easy as many people on the outside think. There are so many things you need to manage in terms of your practice and dealing with potential and current plan sponsor clients. There are so many...more

Concepts You May Not Be Aware Of As A 401(k) Plan Sponsor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As a child, I was never taught the birds and the bees. I was actually handed some cartoon book from my parents when I was young. My parents thought it was hilarious that they had to hand me a book about where I came from even...more

Are Forensic Accountants an Attorney’s Silver Bullet?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

From the art of interviewing, to recognizing mathematical irregularities, and following the money, Forensic Accountants are a proven invaluable tool for Attorneys and their clients. “Finding” the money combines the skill...more

How Keeping Good Records Can Minimize A Retirement Plan Sponsor’s Liability

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Besides being a religious text, the Bible is essentially a history book detailing major religious events like the Exodus from Egypt. A history book is a record of events that can be passed down from generation to generation....more

As A 401(k) Sponsor, A Class Action Lawsuit Is The Least Of Your Legal Worries

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Having been in my own practice for over 6 years, it’s a broken record hearing from 401(k) plan sponsors on how they have nothing to fear about being sued since their plans are small potatoes. The problem with that view is...more

How An RIA Can Profit Off Of The New Fiduciary Rule

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to an industry, change is often fraught with trepidation and fear. However, I always believe that change also brings opportunity. So while people are predicting gloom and doom when discussing the Department of...more

The Potential Liability of Participant Directed 401(k) Plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As children, we were told the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. Jack sells a cow for some “magic beans” and his mother is so angry, she throws the beans on the ground and a magic beanstalk grows overnight. When it comes to...more

A Plan Sponsor Should Never Assume Their Providers Are Doing A Great Job

by Ary Rosenbaum on

My wife and I have been in our house for over 11 years and it’s been one remodeling project after another. This is what happens when the previous owner did nothing for 20 years. We hired a general contractor to redo our...more

How A Plan Sponsor Can Increase 401(k) Participation Without Costing Much $$$

by Ary Rosenbaum on

My former Synagogue wanted Hebrew school parents to attend Synagogue events, so they created a participation fee where parents would have to pay $180 that they could use to attend events. Before I was involved as a Trustee...more

Why A Plan Sponsor Should Get A Plan Review

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Retirement plan sponsors tend to be reactive rather than pro-active. They would rather not spend money to undergo a plan review and assume everything is fine until they run into a big compliance issue or mistakes are...more

A “Crystal Ball” On Life After The New ERISA Fiduciary Rule

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new fiduciary rule that is going to go in effect in April 2017 is going to have a profound change in how financial advisors work with their retirement plan clients. It’s unchartered waters,...more

Glaring Problems A Plan Sponsor May Not Be Aware Of When They Think Everything is OK

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I knew a family member who would never go to the doctor for preventative care. She always reasoned that if she went to a doctor, that meant she was sick. That meant that her goal was avoiding the doctor at all costs. It’s...more

The To-Do List For 401(k) Plans Now: 2016-2017 Edition

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Being a retirement plan sponsor is a tremendous responsibility and the problem is that most plan sponsors don’t understand that. Plan sponsors often act passive because they hire retirement plan providers to help them. The...more

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