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Avoid the headache: Stick to what you know

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Over the past 7 years as a solo ERISA practitioner, I always get asked if that’s all I do. It’s not some kind of insult, but a question on whether I also do financial advisory work and/or third party administration work. The...more

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

TPAs, Plan Fiduciaries Should React Proactively to U.S. Department of Labor Settlement

by Polsinelli on

In light of the recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and a health plan third-party administrator (TPA), plan fiduciaries and TPAs should re-examine, or even re-negotiate, portions of their current TPA...more

One From The Heart

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Dark Knight Rises is one of my favorite movies and one great scene at the end is when Catwoman tells Batman: “You don’t owe these people anymore. You’ve given them everything” and Batman says: “Not everything. Not...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

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

Consider how an advisor uses other plan providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

What makes a good retirement plan financial advisor? Well it takes an attention to detail, an understanding of what the role entails, and a dedication to the plan sponsor client. In addition, what I find is the way a good...more

Beware of Insurance Brokers Masked as TPAs

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A friend of mine who is a financial advisor asked me about a third party administration (TPA) firm that is actually about a village over from where I live in Long Island. My friend has this prospect with a defined benefit...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

Advisors Advantage - May 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Relationships. That is what it's about. The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It's about connecting with other plan providers and more...more

The problem with pushing other providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Many larger third party administration (TPAs) firms, especially those owned by insurance companies are feeling the heat and they’ve been feeling the heat of competition ever since everyone had to fully disclose fees thanks to...more

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

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

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

Read the plan document

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Being an ERISA attorney for a couple of third party administration (TPA) firms when I first started helps you develop a sense of humor because there are too many people I was associated with who had absolutely zero training...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

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

It’s time to look at your books of business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Broker-dealers are certainly in a bind to comply with the new Fiduciary Rule and one aspect is sending disclosures to IRAs and qualified plans. This may be a good time for all type of plan providers such as brokers,...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

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