Posts Tagged ‘401k fiduciary’

BeManaged Expands to Minneapolis/St. Paul Market

We are proud and excited to announce that we have expanded into the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, serving the great state of Minnesota. We look forward to serving the area with our unique, 1-on-1 401k participant advice solutions. The expansion was made final by the Vikings securing a stadium for the next 2+ decades. (joking) If…

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Video – The Difference Between Fiduciaries and Brokers

Over the past few years, I have become a big fan of whiteboard illustrations that simplify concepts which can be challenging to understand. The video below by HighTower Whiteboard Animation does a great job of simplifying the confusion over the difference between brokers and a fiduciary in a nice little analogy. Can’t view? Click here…

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IRS Contribution Limits for 2012

Today the IRS posted the 2012 retirement plan limits, and for the first time since 2009, they are increasing! The new limits are as follows: Elective Deferrals for 401k/403b/457: $17,000 (increased from $16,500 in 2011) Catch-Up Contributions for 401k/403b/457: Remains at $5,500 Annual Compensation: $250,000 (increased from $245,000 in 2011) Annual Additions Limit for Defined Contribution…

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Survey Reveals 89% of 401k Investors Want Asset Allocation Help

A survey conducted by the Boston Consulting Group found that investors find retirement planning is confusing and 89% want help creating their ‘investment recipe’ (aka asset allocation). Here are the other findings of the 2,600 investors surveyed:

84% want help calculating and/or creating retirement income
79% would like an annual review “to set and measure their progress”
48% feel they are “in consult of their retirement plan investments”

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Coming Soon to 401k Statements: Participants’ Account Balance as Monthly Income?

Fred Reish (he’s getting a lot of attention from us this month) and Bruce Ashton of Drinker Biddle posted an article that discussed having 401k statements illustrate a participant’s account balance in the form of a monthly income. The article is illustrated below and we find this to be an excellent idea, but the following points would need to be considered in order create a consistent message across providers:

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fi360 Webinar Recording: The Combined Effects of the DOL’s Proposed Advice Regulation and 408(b)(2)

CEFEX and fi360 sponsored attorney Fred Reish to provide a thorough overview of the proposed advice and 408(b)(2) regulations. If you are a plan fiduciary who has hired a person or firm to provide your employees advice on their 401k, or an advisor/broker that works with 401k participants, this is essentially a must-listen event. The following were a number of interesting points which affect plan sponsors and advisors:

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5 Participant Success Features to Add to Your 401k Plan

Last month, we brought on a new client that was going through a provider change. During our interaction with their employees, we were shocked to find what their old 401k provider DIDN’T offer compared with what their new provider DID. For the sake of full disclosure, we tend to be a little naive in assuming that certain features are a given when it comes to the capabilities of 401k provider websites. That being said, it’s 2011. I can order a burrito from my phone. Thus, if your provider offers any of these functions, the following are some basic online tools (in our naive minds) that we have found participants enjoy, and quite frankly expect in today’s digital age:

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