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What is a Safe Harbor Plan?

…the certain non-discrimination requirements that, as a general rule, 401(k) plans must satisfy. When a 401(k) plan adopts one of the alternative methods, it is known as a safe harbor plan. Adopting a same harbor 401(k) plan design allows an employer to avoid discrimination testing…

What Do The New Fee Disclosure Rules Do?

The new fee disclosure rules are designed to make the process easier for both plan sponsors and participants to compare plan costs and fees, and whether or not these fees represent good value for the services being provided. WHAT TYPES OF PLANS DO THE DISCLOSURE…

Five Key Concerns for Retirement Plans in 2019

…better plans. Innovative plan designs that include student-debt repayments (as Abbott Laboratories famously did last year), health savings account contributions and others are now being examined by employers big and small, conservative and not-so-conservative. Think about re-evaluating your 401(k) plan design this year to determine…

Working With Time When It Comes to Your Retirement

…that most employers do not regularly redesign their plans.) Even if your employer does not have the most progressive plan design, there are still ways that you can make the plan work better for you. The shift towards individual participants taking more ownership of one’s…

When to Set Sail with Safe Harbor

When to Set Sail with Safe Harbor You already know that a 401(k) is a very popular retirement plan and, like other plan designs, it allows employees to take advantage of tax deferrals on contributions and earnings while their money accumulates for retirement. To enjoy…

Advantages of an Unbundled Platform

…flexibility in getting the exact qualities and features we want. In retirement plan terms, that can be a good way to think about the difference between a bundled solution and an unbundled solution. In a bundled approach, the client typically accepts a standardized plan design

Financial Wellness

…how difficult it is for many people to establish a plan to make it happen. There isn’t a silver bullet to financial wellness, but it’s important to recognize that part of good retirement plan design is ensuring that the people for whom it’s designed can…

Cash Balance

plan design flexibility. These plans can be especially helpful if clients are close to retirement age, but they’re not for everyone. Unlike profit-sharing plans with discretionary contributions, Cash Balance plans do require a mandatory annual contribution. That tends to favor professionals with an income that’s…

Cash Balance 101

…have the plan design conversation? Cash Balance 101. Our virtual classroom is open and we want to provide you with the knowledge you need! Core Curriculum Plan Design best practices Strategic selection – which clients may be the best fit and why Talking points for…

Which Types of 403(b) Plans Are Subject to ERISA?

…must receive no direct or indirect compensation for maintaining the plan other than a reasonable reimbursement of expenses incurred to operate the plan. WHY THE CONFUSION? The 401(a)/403(b) plan design is common in the not-for-profit market. When a not-for-profit employer has a 403(b) and a…

Executive Benefit And Director Plans 101

…in which case the cash value of the insurance becomes subject to the claims of the employer’s general creditors. DESIGNING AN EXECUTIVE BENEFIT OR DIRECTOR PLAN Designing an effective executive or Director benefits program begins by analyzing which employees are being impacted by IRS limits,…