Plan sponsors who rely on the services of 3(38) investment fiduciaries do so for a variety of reasons. A 3(38) investment fiduciary, as defined under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), has a duty to place plan participants’ interests first and to prudently select and monitor a retirement plan’s investment options. These investment advisors recommend a range of investments based on your plan’s objectives and goals. However, are these options truly customized for your participants? Here are some things you should consider when your advisor is presenting an investment menu to you.
Did your advisor ask for your input? Your advisor should discuss your plan’s needs with you, and find out what types of investments you feel are appropriate for your plan. Your 3(38) investment advisor should work with you to draft an investment policy statement (IPS) that defines the criteria for selecting and monitoring your plan’s investments. The...
Many companies are outsourcing more and more activities, mainly because outsourcing can provide cost savings and increase productivity. Outsourcing allows companies to focus more on their core businesses, rather than spending time on areas outside their expertise. For firms that are retirement plan sponsors, outsourcing 401(k) plan services makes sense for the reasons noted above, as well as several other grounds:
As a plan sponsor, you and your company are plan fiduciaries and can be held legally responsible for the plan’s administration and performance. Many sponsors outsource some or most responsibility. A 3(21) investment fiduciary assumes part of the risk, functioning as a co-fiduciary that provides prudent and objective advice. A 3(38) investment fiduciary accepts total responsibility and liability for selecting, monitoring, and replacing investment options, which helps the plan sponsor manage the risk of legal action concerning investment decisions.
Increased objectivity. Independent third-party plan administration...
Will you be ready to retire? That’s a question that a lot of retirement plan participants can’t answer, but it’s important. It’s hard to know how much you should be saving if you haven’t set any financial goals for your retirement. Retirement plan consultants have some suggestions for ways to help you assess whether or not you’re on track to a confident retirement.
Start by calculating your retirement savings goal.
To figure out where you are, you need to know where you’re going. Your savings goal will be affected by many things, including your age, how much you’ve already saved, other sources of income you may have, when you plan to retire, what type of retirement you want, and how long you’ll live. Fortunately, there are a number of retirement calculators available for free, such as this one from Investor.gov.1 You’ll need to estimate your Social Security income, which you...
Educating plan participants is one of the many duties of pension consulting firms, but many focus on accumulating and building wealth while plan participants are working. While that’s important, it’s also important for participants to consider what happens after they retire. Retirement is a significant milestone for most people, and like many milestones, requires a lot of planning, particularly for married couples.
A 2013 survey by Fidelity Investments shows that many married couples aren’t on the same page when it comes to retirement.1 In fact, 38 percent don’t agree about the lifestyles they expect to live in retirement. A significant amount (36 percent) don’t agree on where they plan to live in retirement. Similarly, 32 percent don’t agree on whether or not they will continue to work in retirement. Retiring couples obviously have a lot of communicating to do. In addition to the issues raised above, here are some questions they...
Frequently, the news about retirement is pretty pessimistic. Pensions no longer exist for most workers, we aren’t saving enough, and Social Security is going to disappear. However, things may not be as bleak as they are often painted. If you’re a retirement plan sponsor, you may be wondering how you can help your employees prepare for retirement. Retirement plan consultants suggest three ways that anyone can use to help them retire:
Start saving now. No matter what your age or financial circumstances, you’ll improve your retirement prospects if you start saving now. Ideally, you should set aside at least 10 percent of your income, but it’s more important to get started than to worry about exactly how much you can save. An employer-sponsored retirement plan can help you by allowing you to save pre-tax dollars, and the interest on your funds also accumulates free of taxes. You will be...
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