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Retirement Plan 401k Third Party Administrators

Pick a Provider That Is Ahead of The Curve

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to plan sponsors in choosing providers for their retirement plan, I think one rule of thumb is to choose plan providers that are ahead of the curve. What do I mean by ahead of the curve? Retirement plan...more

Should Your 401(k) Plan Go Safe Harbor?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

December 1 is pretty quickly going to be upon us, which reminds me that I have some notices to send out shortly. For those in the retirement plan business, we know December 1 marks the date that safe harbor notices have to be...more

Using Funds From Only One Family Is An Awful Idea

by Ary Rosenbaum on

You must know about the shoemakers’ children and how they go barefoot and have no shoes. In the retirement plan industry, we have retirement plan providers and their employees’ retirement plan....more

Stating The Obvious On Fees

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The 401k Averages Book is one of the great publications in the retirement plan business and I recommend it. I won’t recommend a report they just did because it was stating the obvious....more

Get rid of the bad decision makers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I was a Vice President of a synagogue once and the biggest problem I had is that the people who had a greater say that I did were the same people who turned a synagogue from 750 member families to 300. They were ineffective...more

Advisors Advantage - September 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Avoid Mistakes Other Plan Providers Make. Learn from the mistakes of others. Being a retirement plan provider is tough. I know because as an ERISA attorney, I am one and I play on TV. There are many mistakes to be made...more

Stick to a plan that will work

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I first started out, I worked as an attorney affiliated with a third party administration (TPA). The problem with this TPA that it had 4 main partners and two other employees who had small ownership interests; it was a...more

Plan Design Consultants try to Kickstart 401(k) plans for employers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

My friends at Plan Design Consultants have created a new program called KIC(k)START, which is an approach for them to garner more plans and help out the advisors they work with....more

They can’t see it, since they caused it

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few years back, I had the worst call with a prospective client in the 19 years I have been an ERISA attorney. This 401(k) plan sponsor was like many prospective clients, poor participation and paying too much in fees....more

Ascensus is becoming a big time player

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The first job I had was working as an ERISA attorney for a small law firm that was affiliated with a third party administrator (TPA) called CBIZ Retirement Services, Inc. Let’s just say that CBIZ wasn’t much of a moneymaker,...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - May 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Using Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA Is A Big Mistake. It's an absolute mistake. 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...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - March 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan. Lots of good reasons. 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...more

Advisors Advantage - March 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How You Can Stand Out From The Crowd As A Retirement Plan Advisor. It would be a detriment to focus only on this stuff. There are lots of financial advisors who claim they handle retirement plans, but there are...more

Guidance to IRS Examiners on 401(k)/403(b) Hardship Withdrawals

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Substantiation Requirement Clarified for Examination Purposes - Over the past few years, employers and plan administrators have frequently asked how hardship withdrawal requests can/should be substantiated from 401(k)...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - February 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan. Lots of good reasons. 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...more

Some TPA Humor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I worked 9 years working as an ERISA attorney for a couple of third party administrators (TPA) and I always felt like I was a fireman because I put out a lot of compliance fires for our clients and sometimes, it was our...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - December 2016

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Potential Liability of Participant Directed 401(k) Plans. There is a liability lurking there. As children, we were told the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. Jack sells a cow for some "magic beans" and his...more

Your Business Can Fall A Lot Quicker That It Rose

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the business philosophies I learned while working for third party administrator is that it’s a lot easier to lose a client than to gain one. I know that first hand, seeing bad service that gets plan sponsors to fire...more

Is Your Advisor Knowledgeable About Investments, or Just a 401(k) Wonk?

I recently had a conversation with Lee Lyon of Lyon Investment Services, based in Jacksonville, Florida. Lee’s office is near downtown Jacksonville in a quaint area of town known as San Marco. Lee advises both...more

Bundled providers going unbundled makes sense

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Someone I know in the industry advised me again how a low cost index fund company was all of a sudden joining together with a well known third party administrator (TPA) in going after smaller plans because their bundled...more

Advisors Advantage - December 2016

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A "Crystal Ball" On Life After The New ERISA Fiduciary Rule. We can see the future if we look closely enough. The Department of Labor's (DOL) new fiduciary rule that is going to go in effect in April 2017 is going...more

My opinion on Payroll Provider TPAs

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If there is one opinion that I have that is argued about many times it is my two cents in the use of the largest payroll providers being in the Third Party Administration (TPA) business. Usually, the people who criticize my...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2016

by Ary Rosenbaum on

401(k) Plan Providers' Behavior To Avoid That Loses Clients. Things to avoid. Over the past 18 years as an ERISA attorney, I have some pretty weird reasons why retirement plan providers get fired. I'll never get the...more

Sometimes it’s about control

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As a retirement plan provider, you meet a potential client and you just do so well in the meeting that you think there should be no way that you’re going to lose this prospect. Yet you get the call that a competing provider...more

Who is the biggest 401(k) Recordkeeper and what really matters

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few weeks back, I wrote an article about 401(k) hustlers you should watch out for and I mentioned the caveat of using a payroll provider as your 401(k)’s third party administrator (TPA). I posted it on LinkedIn and someone...more

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