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Advisors Advantage - March 2018

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Trying To Understand A Plan Sponsor's Irrational Decisions Isn't Easy. It's hard to make sense of irrational decisions, but here is a starter. As retirement plan providers, we know that it's very hard to recruit new...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - March 2018

by Ary Rosenbaum on

That Fiduciary Warranty Is Not Worth The Paper it's Printed On. They are pretty much worthless. A 401(k) plan sponsor is also a plan fiduciary and they have the responsibility to prudently run their plan. One major...more

Never leave a bad taste in the mouth of the one who brings you business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I was working with an advisor recently, who had issues with one of those third party administrators (TPAs) I warn people about. Yeah, you know the folks who do payroll as are TPAs on the side....more

Recent New York Decision Offers Hope for Long-Overdue End to Resolute’s Free Pass

by Reed Smith on

In a promising development for policyholders, a New York state trial court recently signaled a potential end to the free pass courts often have provided to third-party claims administrators (TPAs), such as Resolute...more

The one list of TPAs that plan sponsors should ignore

by Ary Rosenbaum on

What’s the best hamburger out there? There is a burger fad out there with so many expanding chain and franchised restaurants, so there are many choices out there. I’m sure there are thousands of places better than McDonald’s,...more

Plan sponsors need to Google Their TPA’s Principals

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I believe in the idea of redemption, that people who make mistakes can atone for them. Maybe that explains why Return of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars films because Darth Vader was redeemed and brought balance to the...more

Be careful about giving referrals

by Ary Rosenbaum on

“When I introduce you, I’m gonna say, “This is a friend of mine.” That means you’re a connected guy. Now if I said instead, this is a friend of ours that would mean you a made guy. A Capiche?” – Al Pacino in Donnie...more

It just doesn’t look right, avoid sending gifts to plan sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’ve been a New York Giants football since the days of Ray Perkins, Brad Van Pelt, and Joe Danelo. 4 Super Bowl victories have been far more rewarding than my time as a Mets fan. Thinking about football reminded me of a...more

To be safe, read those trust statements

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In light of some troubling news that a third party administrator (TPA) was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for possible theft of plan assets, there is one pro-active step you should take as a plan...more

Thinking outside the box for marketing

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I was the Vice President of a synagogue, I ran an event a month to fundraise and/or to bring members together. My crowning achievement was having a standup comedy event hosted by Sal The Stockbroker Governale from The...more

Advisors Advantage - January 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan Providers Should Encourage Participants To Rollover Assets. In so many ways, it makes sense. There are so many issues in advising retirement plan sponsors in your role as a retirement plan provider that you may...more

Another TPA joins Alliance Benefits Group

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the great supermarkets in my area is ShopRite and it’s one of the unique successes in the supermarket business. ShopRite is a co-operative consisting of individual supermarket owners who band together for purchasing...more

Advisors Advantage - December 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How A Plan Provider Should Handle Employees. Some tips from a former plan provider disgruntled employee. I always say that the main reason that I don't want to have employees is that I was an employee once too. An...more

Harvey Weinstein and You

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The news of late has had daily accusations against Hollywood executives and personalities concerning sexual abuse and harassment. What has happened with the beginning of allegations against Harvey Weinstein have mushroomed...more

Stealing plan assets is easier than you think

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A third party administrator (TPA) and/or plan fiduciary stealing plans assets is easier than you think. The rumor that TPA Vantage Benefits stole $14 million from 6-7 of their clients shouldn’t be surprising to me because I...more

Don’t want to call an ERISA attorney? It’ll snowball

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The snowball effect is a term for a process that starts from something that is small and builds upon itself, becoming larger and also perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous. The idea is that an avalanche can be started...more

There is a difference in the quality of service that TPAs offer

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In any service industry, the quality of service and price can be far and wide. While people say that I focus way too much on the workings on the third party administration (TPA) business, I do have more experience in that...more

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

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

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

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