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Fiduciary Responsibiilty | 401(k) Fees | Provider Shopping

401(k) Fee Levelization – It Can Make Revenue Sharing Worse!

By: Eric Droblyen
July 11th, 2018

The use of revenue sharing by 401(k) plans has declined sharply over the past five years. That means more 401(k) plans are paying “direct” fees – which are deducted from participant accounts – to their 401(k) provider instead. That’s good news because direct fees are more transparent and fair than revenue sharing payments – making it easier for 401(k) plan sponsors to keep their 401(k) fees in check.

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Fiduciary Responsibiilty | Plan Setup

401(k) Fidelity Bonds – Frequently Asked Questions

By: Eric Droblyen
June 27th, 2018

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires certain individuals who are responsible for the day-to-day administration of a 401(k) plan to be covered by a fidelity bond. The purpose of the bond is to protect 401(k) plan participants against losses caused by acts of fraud or dishonesty. We get of a lot of questions about ERISA fidelity bonds from 401(k) plan sponsors – who must purchase a bond on behalf of their plan. Below is a FAQ with answers to the most common questions we receive. If you are a 401(k) plan sponsor, you can use our FAQ to understand the basics about your bonding responsibility.

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Safe Harbor 401(k) | Testing | Plan Design

401(k) Matching Contributions – What Employers Need to Know

By: Eric Droblyen
June 13th, 2018

One of most effective ways an employer can persuade their employees to participate in a 401(k) plan is by matching a portion of their pre-tax or Roth 401(k) salary deferrals.  This is unsurprising when you consider matching contributions are like a guaranteed return on salary deferrals - or “free” money. 

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401(k) Fees | Provider Shopping

Four 401(k) Plan Services That Justify Higher Provider Fees

By: Eric Droblyen
May 30th, 2018

I meet a lot of 401(k) plan sponsors unsure they’re paying “reasonable” fees to their 401(k) provider for ”necessary” services – an important 401(k) fiduciary responsibility. I can hardly blame them when I consider the broad range of fees charged by 401(k) providers today.

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Plan Design | Plan Setup

Solo 401(k) Plans – Their Benefits to Self-Employed Workers

By: Eric Droblyen
May 16th, 2018

401(k) plans that only cover business owners - and their spouses – are commonly called “solo” 401(k) plans. Because they don’t cover non-owners, solo 401(k) plans aren’t subject to many of the most complex 401(k) plan qualification requirements – including annual nondiscrimination testing. That makes these 401(k) plans easy to administer while allowing plan participants to receive large annual contributions - up to the 415 limit ($55,000 + $6,000 catch-up for 2018) – without restriction. These benefits have made solo 401(k) plans a popular retirement plan choice for business owners that want to save more than personal IRAs allow.

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401k plan participation | DOL Fiduciary Rule | Financial Advice

3 Common 401(k) Provider Conflicts of Interest!

By: Eric Droblyen
May 2nd, 2018

On March 15, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Fiduciary Rule in a 2-1 decision. If the DOL does not request a rehearing within 45 days, the regulation will die. If that happens, the rules for 401(k) investment advice that existed before the Fiduciary Rule will return. That means some financial advisors – basically, brokers and insurance agents - will once again be able to give conflicted investment advice by recommending high-priced 401(k) investments that pay them rich commissions over less expensive - but comparable - alternatives on May 7, 2018.

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