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Advisors Should Care About Plan Design

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In sports and in business, you are only as good as the team that you are on. I have been on some good teams and not so good teams, so I know that sometimes I was only as good as an ERISA attorney if my fellow employees were...more

Plan Design And Tax Deductions

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you’re a retirement plan sponsor, why should you care about plan design? Retirement plan design is one of the most underappreciated facets of the retirement plan business and it really should be appreciated. The reason why...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

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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

Referrals are about helping, not making you $$$$

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan industry is very close knit. Everyone knows who does great work and the few that don’t. Word travels fast about the good, the bad, and the ugly in this business....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

Ask the TPA about their administrators’ training

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If I want to get a new doctor or an attorney, I certainly want to know their background. Same with a financial advisor, I don’t want the next Bernie Madoff. When you hire a professional, you want to know their credentials....more

As a plan provider, make sure there are security processes in place

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As a retirement plan provider, you have something to do with the retirement plan assets and may have some access to it as a third party administrator (TPA) or financial advisor...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

Dear Plan Sponsors, it’s about Reasonableness

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Thanks to fee disclosure regulation and litigation against plan sponsors, plan sponsors are focusing on the costs of administering their plan. That’s great, but there’s a problem because of the focus. A study recently shows...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

Coverage is always the biggest problem

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When you look at the problems of retirement plans, one that gets short shrift is coverage and that is one of the pillar of qualified plans needed to be fulfilled in order to be a qualified plan. It’s a forgotten rule of...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

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

The Problem with “Top-Heavy” Administration

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you know about a thing or two about plan administration, you know about the top-heavy rules. The top-heavy rules generally ensure that the lower paid employees receive a minimum benefit if the plan is top-heavy. A plan is...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - September 2016 #2

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How 401(k) Plan Sponsors Can Improve Their Plan At Little Cost. It doesn't have to cost much. There are many ways that a retirement plan sponsor can improve their 401(k) plan, but they usually balk when it comes...more

Advisors Advantage - August 2016

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Why 401(k) Plan Providers Should Push Automatic Enrollment. It just makes sense. We have a retirement crisis in this country thanks to a Social Security program that has too many retirees to pay to, and the death...more

The Bottom Line On What Retirement Plan Sponsors Need To Do

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I worked for a third party administrator (TPA) for almost 5 years and one of my favorite things about the boss there was that he just wanted to cut to the chase. We had an actuary who developed a speech im- pediment when he...more

They only steal from the Plan when no one is looking

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I don’t know what’s going on in the south shore of Long Island over the past few years and it wasn’t just Hurricane Sandy. A few years back, the treasurer of my local school’s PTA stole more than $5,700 for her own...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - September 2015 #2

by Ary Rosenbaum on

What Plan Sponsors Don't Know, May Hurt Them. And they don't know a lot. When I worked at a semi-prestigious lawfirm, one of the named partners (whose son was a respectable politician) asked me what my practice...more

Looking Beyond the 401(k) for Advisors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Too often brokers and financial advisors think about their client’s retirement plan needs and only think about the 401(k) plan. It’s understandable based on their lack of understanding retirement plan basics, but it’s not...more

Advisors Advantage - September 2015

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Retirement Plan Provider Marketing Do's and Don'ts. What to do and not do. I never took a marketing course in college and I probably should have if I was going to go on my own and start a law practice. While I never...more

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