Many business owners are reluctant to offer a 401(k) retirement plan due to concerns over ongoing administration, costs, and compliance. Another layer of complexity is that the value of a 401(k) plan can vary widely depending upon how well it is run and if it's being used. Among clients that we work with, here are 5 reasons business owners cited that helped inform their decision to offer a 401(k).
Companies that offer employees a 401(k) plan have many choices when selecting service providers for defined contribution plans. The challenge for many businesses, especially those small- and medium-sized, is that day-to-day operations leaves little time to review, monitor, and optimize their retirement plan on a regular basis. The result is that many plan sponsors lack a comprehensive understanding of who the top 401k providers are. Because your plan assets change due to financial market conditions and retirement plan contributions, it's important for plan sponsors to understand the service provider landscape and ensure that their plan is with the best provider for their participants (employees.)
PLANSPONSOR magazine conducts an annual recordkeeping survey and in 2017 profiled 55 leading providers that represent more than $6 trillion in assets and are estimated to account for 85% of the total defined contribution market.
Here's their list of the 2017 top 401(k) providers and my thoughts.
The Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) released its 60th Annual Survey of Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans this week. The good news is that participation rates in retirement plans, including defined contribution profit sharing and 401(k) plans, rose steadily. This means that more employees are taking advantage of their employer sponsored retirement benefits. Plan sponsors also continue to employ plan features like automatic enrollment, auto-escalation, and Roth 401(k)s to assist employees to grow their retirement savings.
Whether you are setting up a 401(k) plan for your business or already have one in place, it is helpful to understand the various service providers needed to run a retirement plan. Here are the major service providers you will likely deal with on your plan.
As of June 9th, 2017, the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, also known as the conflict-of-interest rule, has partially taken effect. The new rule has the greatest effect on financial advisors who are registered brokers. How does the fiduciary rule impact you? What do you need to know?
Runnymede has increasingly been serving as a fiduciary advisor to companies' 401(k) plans so I continue my series of articles on how to tune up your retirement plan. The intended audience is the company and its trustees that sponsor the plan but participants are also advocating for better plans. It is our hope to help employers optimize and better manage their retirement plan. In doing so, we seek to help employees achieve their goal of successfully preparing themselves for retirement.
This week, I want to help you to decipher mutual fund share classes. By far the largest component of 401(k) plan fees and expenses are those associated with managing plan investments. Moving to less expensive funds is an action item that can save money fast and have a huge impact over time.
Runnymede has increasingly been serving as a fiduciary advisor to companies' 401(k) plans so I will be writing a series of articles on how to tune up your retirement plan. The intended audience is the company and its trustees that sponsor the plan but participants are also advocating for better plans. It is our hope to help employers optimize and better manage their retirement plan. In doing so, we seek to help employees achieve their goal of successfully preparing themselves for retirement.
Last night before going to bed my wife asked me, "Can you turn on the humidifer?" "Sure," I said burying my head back into my laptop to finish some work.
This morning the first thing I heard was, "How come you didn't turn the humidifier on?" Oops. After completing what I had been working on, I put the laptop down and quickly fell asleep.
And so, today, I write about ACTION always beats INTENTION.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American has held 11.7 jobs from age 18 to 48. When switching jobs, 401(k) money doesn't automatically switch with you. In fact, by some estimates, more than 900,000 workers lose track of their 401(k) plans each year! This leaves many people at some point working hard to track down an old 401(k) account or accounts. The good news is that the money should stay in your account. Here are some tips to help you track down your old retirement account.
One of the most important decisions you have to make in your 401(k) plan is asset allocation -- that is, how much you put in stocks, bonds, and cash. Asset allocation is the strategy of dividing your investments across various asset classes in order to reduce risk through diversification. Here are two simple approaches to get you started.
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