Top of Mind


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May 2018

The Dirty Little Secret of Auto-Enrollment?

Generally, automatic enrollment has been a positive development for retirement plans, as it forces individuals who may not ordinarily save to do so at an important time - the commencement of their working careers. However, auto-enrollment is not a panacea. For example, it has negatively im…

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May 2018

Retirement Plan Account Balances: Big and Small

Advisors have a variety of tools at their disposal to determine the overall health of a plan sponsor’s retirement plan. However, there is a time-tested exercise that only takes about a minute to complete: review the current account balances of all the participants in the retirement plan and complete…

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May 2018

The 4% Withdrawal Rate: Is it Still the Rule of Thumb?

As baby boomers continue to age and more and more retirement plan participants approach retirement, plan sponsors need to move distribution planning from an afterthought to “Top of Mind” (yes, I know - don’t quit my day job!). It used to be a given that distribution planning for retirement was fa…

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Apr 2018

Earn More or Spend Less?

One issue that receives little attention from retirement plan sponsors is the capacity of their plan participants to save for retirement.  While there are some employees who don’t save for retirement for reasons other than financial capacity, most non-savers simply don’t have the capacity (or b…

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Apr 2018

Three Things to Think About Besides Retirement Plan Investments

Plan sponsors often have an unhealthy obsession with assembling the ideal array of plan investments. However, investment array selection, as well as the inherent agonizing over which funds to put on watch, which to replace, etc., should be relatively low on a plan sponsor’s list of priorities. Wh…

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Apr 2018

Fee Leveling, Simplified

In last week’s Top of Mind, we attempted to simplify the concept of revenue sharing in retirement plans. This week, I will attempt to build upon that by demystifying the even more elusive practice known as fee leveling.  What is fee leveling?  Last week, we explained how different …

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Apr 2018

Revenue Sharing, Simplified

As I was preparing once again to speak about revenue sharing, I encountered my recurring fear that almost everyone was going to completely lost. Because, let’s face it, revenue sharing is NOT an easy concept to understand, and one about which most people do not care to learn!   However,…

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Mar 2018

The Parallel Universes of 403(b) Plans

In the famous (at least to me) original Star Trek episode Mirror, Mirror, Captain Kirk and his crew are accidentally transported to a parallel universe where everyone is evil instead of good, and they are expected to be the same. A recent post by Choose FI regarding 403(b) plans made me thin…

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Mar 2018

Find Those Participants!

Does your plan have any participants who are missing?  I can nearly guarantee that it does, as I have never come across a plan where at least one participant’s mail has been returned as undeliverable.  In large plans, there are sometimes hundreds, or even thousands, of these missing indivi…

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