I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Don Davidson of Manarin Investment Counsel for his Talk 401(k) podcast. While Don does an excellent job with this, I cannot say the same for myself. Therefore, if you are willing to overlook my stammerings (I was surprisingly nervous), the information might be helpful to you. Some of the topics included in the conversation include:
What is the difference between advice and guidance?
What is the liability for employers to provide advice to their participants?
The PPA Level Fee requirement
Why advice needs to be ongoing
Advice v. managed accounts
Technology and its impact on participant engagement
Last year, we began the transition of moving from the name Actium to that of our flagship service, BeManaged. For many of you, you may have never noticed that our email was from @myactium.com, while we communicate ourselves as BeManaged. It just didn’t make a lot of sense why our participant clients knew us as BeManaged while companies and advisors knew us as Actium.Read More
Our friend Matthew Hutcheson, Independent Fiduciary, recently conducted testimony with the Congressional Ways and Means Committee. The goal of the testimony was to discuss the need for fiduciary best practices to continue to be reinforced with 401(k) plan sponsors as well as avoiding the potential conflicts of interest inherent to the broker dealer model.Read More
For the third straight year, I attended the fi360 National Conference, the premier fiduciary-focused conference in the nation. The sessions were outstanding, focusing on the many changes taking place within the retirement plan industry, including those proposed for 401(k) advice. I was fortunate enough to be able to speak on an esteemed panel regarding the topic to a packed house of concerned advisors and retirement plan providers. Here are some key points that were discussed:Read More
In this month’s F-A Magazine, BeManaged was featured in the article titled “Better Laid Plans,” which is focused on how companies around the nation are answering the call for 401(k) advice. It was a privilege to be included in the article, but there is a key point we would like to correct about how we operate.
We do NOT control the investor’s contributions. The participant is ALWAYS in complete control, we simply provide encouragement and strategies for how to increase those contributions.Read More
As in ’09, I will be presenting with a distinguished panel of speakers on the timely topic of 401(k) advice at the ’10 fi360 National Conference. The session, titled “401(k) Participant Advice: How to Protect Plan Sponsors and Yourself.”Read More
The lingering and wide-reaching impact of the economic crisis and impending financial planning/services industry regulatory overhaul were at the forefront of this year’s fifth annual Center for Due Diligence, or CFDD, National Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Chad Griffeth, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary designee from BeManaged | Actium, was among those attending the three-day educational event, focused on lessons learned from the uncertain times, more ways to implement fiduciary practices and what to expect going forward with the current efforts to make rules, regulations and enforcement more consistent and create greater safeguards for investors.Read More