The White House unveiled their plan to direct the Department of Labor to unveil a new fiduciary standard rule that will curb the conflict of interest and excessive fees that the White House says that mars 401(k) and IRA...more
On February 2, 2015, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, which includes a number of tax code changes targeting retirement savings. If enacted as presented, the proposals would have a significant effect on...more
Court cases challenging the actions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciaries have continued unabated since the scandal of Enron in 2002. Since then, a large number of cases are in the ‘‘stock...more
In August 2014, GRQ Investment Management, LLC (GRQ) sued Financial Engines, Inc. and Financial Engines Advisors, LLC (collectively, Financial Engines), alleging that Financial Engines’ sale of account management and advisory...more
In This Issue:
- Stuff That Prospective 401(k) Plan Providers Tell You That's True
- The Conduct Code for Retirement Plan Sponsors
- Stuff That Won't Help A Retirement Plan Sponsor Limit Their...more
With Thanksgiving done, we look to the holidays and the New Year. While many of us are busy shopping for loved ones, many businesses and individuals have their eye geared to- wards next year. As a retirement plan sponsor, you...more
Over the past two years, there has been a sea change in the treatment of same-sex spouses under both federal and state law. Now that federal law, and the laws in 35 states and Washington, D.C., recognize marriage equality for...more
In This Issue:
- Stuff That Prospective 401(k) Plan Providers Tell You That's True.
- An Employer's "Recipe" for having a Great Retirement Plan.
- Why An Employer Can And Should Set Up A Retirement Plan...more
ERISA litigators need to eat and once they exhausted much of the fee litigation prior to the implementation of fee disclosure, they needed something else to sink their teeth in. Then we got cases regarding using the wrong...more
Lack of clarity causes frustration. The topic of how to properly allocate the pretax and after-tax amounts attributable to distributions from qualified plan accounts that include Roth 401(a) accounts or after-tax accounts has...more
The terms 401(k) and individual retirement account (IRA) are bandied about quite a bit when discussing retirement planning, but what are the actual differences between the two? The main distinction is that a 401(k) -- named...more
The percentage of workers who participate in a retirement plan increased in 2013 for the first time since 2010, according to a report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Participation rose to 40.8...more
Retirement Plan Limits
- The following limits apply to retirement plans in 2015:
- The limit on elective deferrals under 401(k) and 403(b) plans has increased to $18,000 in 2015.
- The annual limit on...more
Every year, about this time, the IRS calculates the cost of living increases, and determines whether the change is enough to trigger an adjustment to the statutory limit/threshold for various areas, including retirement...more
Dumb Mistakes that 401(k) Financial Advisors Should Avoid -
Stuff to think about.
We all make mistakes, well except my mother. There are mistakes we make that we think are pretty good in hindsight, but end up...more
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
Keep those Plan documents and amendments.
You will always need them.
Plan sponsors aren't the greatest keeper of plan records because as a plan fiduciary, they think they get too many reports, prospectuses,...more
As baby boomer business owners begin to retire, many will want to monetize the value they have created in their businesses. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is one alternative. The ESOP alternative, authorized by the...more
Los Angeles partners Fred Reish and Bruce Ashton authored a White Paper titled, “Creating Sustainable Retirement Income in 401(k) plans Using Managed Risk Funds,” for Milliman, Inc.
The White Paper discusses how 401...more
Regardless of the business you’re in, one of the worst thing you can do in being the decision maker for your retirement plan is that you know better than most retirement plan professionals.
No plan sponsor likes to get...more
You Might Have a Problem With Your Retirement Plan When....
Things to look for.
There are so many situations when you know you have a problem like when you forget to shut off the stove before you left home or when...more
Starsky had Hutch, Cagney had Lacey, Fred had Ginger, Bogie had Bacall, Bonnie had Clyde, Bert had Ernie, Baskin had Robbins, and Sheriff Bart had the Waco Kid. Whether it’s law enforcement, entertainment, or any type of...more
A request for information ("RFI") by the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") was published on August 21, 2014 regarding the use of so-called "brokerage windows" under retirement plans, such as many Section 401(k) plans, that...more
We are a nation of over abundance and we should be grateful for that. The problem is that over abundance can lead to a life of excess. We are often told that more is more and the problem is that there are many times where...more
Last week, in a complaint dated August 8, 2014, plaintiffs commenced a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Financial Engines, Inc. and Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C. asserting a...more
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