Employment education sessions are a critical way to get plan participants more involved in the personal choices they need to make to maximize their retirement account returns.
Retirement plan sponsors can do their due diligence on the good (and bad) of the financial advisers they work with by using tools such as FINRA's BrokerCheck.
The DOLs ERISA Advisory Council plans to identify current industry practices and trends regarding the types of employee benefit plan services being outsourced and the market for delivery of those services as part of its 2014 issue agenda.
Better investment returns have given more support to America's once-faltering DB plans, but benefits executives still stay they need to cut costs to deal with health care expenditures.
Many employees who change jobs choose to roll their 401(k) accounts into IRAs rather than leaving them in place or rolling them into their new employers 401(k) plan. Rolling a 401(k) account into an IRA is generally a really bad idea, for the following reasons.
Recently, the Internal Revenue Service has focused enforcement activity on examining the implementation of a strong internal control system. The IRS has publicly stated that if a plan is selected for audit the agent will use their evaluation of the plans internal controls to determine whether the scope of the examination will be focused or expanded.
Benefit brokers and advisers should be aware of this case as employer clients grow increasingly interested in ensuring employees retirement readiness.
Will virtual currencies supplant the dollar as the currency of choice for international transactions? Probably not any time soon. Recently the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Internal Revenue Service issued statements designed to strongly discourage the use of virtual currencies.
Employers focused on Obamacare may be missing one of todays most important compliance issues: benefits for same-sex married couples. Since June 2013, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that a federal statute limiting the terms spouse and marriage to couples of the opposite sex was unconstitutional, a sea-change has taken place in national attitudes about same-sex marriage.
The IRS has launched a compliance check program to better understand how plan sponsors are complying with Roth deferral provisions in 401(k) plans. If asked to participate, failure to to respond could trigger an audit.
As Fathers Day nears, financial professionals surveyed by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling share work and money lessons they learned from their own dads -- ones employers may want to share with employees.
Each year Brightscope, a company that aggregates retirement plan data, releases a list of what it believes are the best large 401(k) plans. Here are the six plan features Brightscope says result in a 401(k) plan receiving a high ranking on its list.
As people live longer and healthier lives, theyll continue to find satisfaction from work even after they retire from their primary career. Employers wanting to tap into this new workforce and retain older workers can do so through offering benefits such as sabbaticals, mentoring opportunities and flex time, says Ken Dychwald, Ph.D., founding president and CEO of Age Wave, a research company. Here are four myths employers can help debunk for employees uncertain about retirement.
Although most employers review retirement plan costs annually, many are not assessing fees evenly across all asset classes and thats where benefit advisers come in.
Social Security will still be around when your employees retire, it just might look a little different. Here are five changes to expect in the coming years.