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November 2017

Evaluating Your Fiduciary Process

Evaluating Your Fiduciary Process Believe it or not, an efficient retirement plan committee does not happen by chance. The “best practices” your committee upholds form the foundation for a prudent process creating an opportunity for employees to pursue their retirement goals. Companies of any size can benefit from a consistent process and should consider implementing [...]

October 2017

Customizing Plan Design

NO “ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL” PLAN Retirement plans come in all shapes and sizes: DC Plans, DB Plans, Non-Qual, 401(k), 403(b), 401(a), 457, SEP IRA, Simple IRA, Roth IRA, Cash Balance, HSA… and any other number letter combinations that you can think of. The simple truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all version of a retirement plan; and [...]

The Gucci 401(k) Plan Lawsuit

I read an article today about Gucci and a lawsuit they are facing about excessive fees in their 401(k) plan. The plaintiffs in this case are the employees. The employees allege they are being over-charged and it appears they are. Like many employers, they selected a 401(k) plan record keeper that offers a turn-key platform [...]

September 2017

Your Mid-Year 401(k) Plan Check-Up and Tune-Up

As we round the corner to 2018, I can’t help but wonder, where did the year go? It feels like January and New Year’s resolutions were just yesterday.  Alas, those days have come and gone, and the “next” New Year is only a few months ahead.  This means now is the time to focus on [...]

March 2017

Do you know anyone contemplating divorce?

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May 2016

April 2016

When Life Insurance Becomes Taxable

Consider these facts on aging from the 2010 Census¹: The highest growth rate for a 10-year age group within the older population (age 65+) was for men 85 to 94 years old (+46.5 percent). Women in this age group grew by 22.9 percent. Men 90 to 94 years old had the fastest growth rate (+50.3 [...]

Insuring Your Second Home

Vacation home sales jumped 57% to an estimated 1.13 million for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2014, exceeding the recent peak level reached in 2006.¹ When it comes to insuring your second home, you may find that the coverage you need is quite different than what you have on your primary home. The Unique [...]

File-and-Suspend, Suspended

March 2016

Social Security Benefits: How Much Will I Receive

Next to “When should I claim Social Security benefits?” one of the more common questions people have is “How much will I receive?” Calculating your potential Social Security benefit is a three-step process: Calculate Your Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME): The highest 35 years of indexed earnings is added together. It is then divided by [...]