There is a tendency to shoot the messenger because folks don’t like the message. I ought to know. Whether it was in college, law school, or working at a third party administrator, I was the messenger of some terrible news…more
Because you demanded it or at least one TPA demanded it. A handout of a blog post, that says that a la carte pricing can really be more expensive when you add it all up…more
As Frank Sinatra would say: “Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention.” In my e-book, How to Succeed in the 401(k) Plan Business: (and 401(k)'d: A Life) (cheap plug here, available on Amazon.com for Kindle), I…more
How many times as a retirement plan provider that you contact a retirement plan that is paying too much money and getting too little back in plan services? If you’re a registered investment advisor offering 3(38) service and…more
While most of the news about 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their responsibilities is about plan expenses, plan investments, and participant education, there is very little topic about the one issue that is important that most plan…more
When I was a kid, I remember my parents were shopping for a car and the sticker price had a base fee for the car with so many add-ons that I seriously wondered whether they would charge you for the steering wheel. As with any…more
I always talk about how plan sponsors need to work with experienced financial advisors, third party administration (TPA) firms, and ERISA attorneys on their plan needs…more
I always say that as bad as 401(k) plans may be, 403(b) plans are in much worse shape. It didn’t help that the Internal Revenue Service only issued regulations that governed them only 30 years too late, back in 2008. It also…more
I joked in many of my writings and I believe in my new book, available on Kindle (cheap plug here), was that when my Managing Attorney at that semi prestigious law firm (sorry, Lois) wanted to quell a topic, she’d create a…more
When it comes to your role as a retirement plan sponsor, outside of hiring a TPA (third party administrator), the most important plan provider that you need to hire is a financial advisor. Unfortunately, like my favorite cereal,…more
I have been in the retirement plan business for over 15 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
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, so the person who does a good deed could end up getting punished.
Most financial advisors on a 401(k) plan do many things beyond the scope of what they were hired to do,…more
When I was an associate at a semi-prestigious Long Island law firm, the goal was that I would start a national single employer retirement plan practice. I couldn’t have my articles published because the marketing department was…more
The Plan Checklist That Every Retirement Plan Sponsor Needs.
Question that plan sponsors should have answers for.
While they don't have a book called Retirement Plan Sponsorship for Dummies, they should…more
The fixation and discussion about plan expenses usually flares up when the stock market isn’t doing well. Two major corrections within a 10-year period (2000-2010) made fee disclosure regulations inevitable. With the way the…more
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