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Ask the TPA about their administrators’ training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - August 2015

Good Bets by a 401(k) Plan Sponsor to Avoid Liability. As close to a sure thing you'll get. I don't gamble because I don't like to lose and that's a big problem about gambling because people do lose. I stopped playing...more

Plan Provider Changes Shouldn’t Be Just To Make Someone $$$$$

Everyone has an opinion, but I think the independent opinion that is guided by beliefs and not by pay is far more important than the opinion that is greased by greed. I had lunch with my local neighborhood third party...more

How Retirement Plan Advisors Can Benefit From Any New DOL Fiduciary Rule

One of my favorite companies is Netflix. The first time I came into contact with them, it was through an offer that was in the box of the first DVD player I bought in 2000. Instead of rentals through Blockbuster or Hollywood...more

Things in a 401(k) Plan That Don’t Look Right

They always say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but people do. People say you shouldn’t judge people by their appearance and they do. Just because something doesn’t look right, doesn’t mean it isn’t right....more

Employer’s Excuses About Their Retirement Plan And Why They’re Wrong

When dealing with my children and many adults, I hear many excuses why things don’t get done correctly. No one wants to accept re- sponsibility for their ineptness; they just cling to these excuses. Plan sponsors don’t have...more

As a Retirement Plan Provider, Things You Should Let Go

A few years back, I would hear “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen every 5-7 minutes. It was a great song from a great movie, but it was a little unnerving to hear it 7-10 times on a short car trip. Then it stopped, my children...more

A Plan Sponsor’s Foolproof Way To Getting In Trouble

The foolproof method to getting inves- tigated for tax evasion? Stop filing your taxes. The foolproof method to get hit by a car? Run into mid-town traffic. The foolproof method to get the chicken pox? Don’t take the vaccine...more

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