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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in my blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, I may throw in a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. I'm glad to have you reading along.

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The internet has grown over the last decade in the United States. Smartphones, smart watches, smart glasses, and smart jewelry became abundant among young Americans. Mobile access to any website is crucial, but what about your...

 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Recent history has moved many of us to take another look at our finances—a smart thing to do in any economy. Maybe it’s been a while since you took your financial temperature, or maybe this is the first time you’ve...

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Just as to-do lists can be a key part of planning, do-not-do lists can be helpful reminders to avoid mistakes that others have made. 1. Impulse investing. Avoid investing based on a whim or a tip. Don’t invest a certain way just...

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The current economic downturn and the turbulent investment markets can make people nervous. Recognize these events as a normal, although undesirable, part of the economic and investment cycles. With that in mind, the following are...

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

The new Roth 401(k) feature in your plan allows you to invest after-tax dollars (allowing them to grow on a tax-deferred basis) and take qualifying distributions tax-free. The following questions and answers will help you decide if...

 

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Periods of market volatility can trigger emotional responses in investors. You may feel upset or worried. It happens. And it’s normal. Especially when the financial headlines are blaring with words such as panic and collapse....

 

Monday, March 12, 2018

12 Insightful Strategies to Manage Test Failures 1. Is my data correct? Look and verify your data. Make sure it is correct especially reviewing the status of active and terminated employees. Not having your employee's status correct in...

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Start saving early. If you are late to the game start because it is never too late. Take advantage of your employer retirement plan and match. If they do not have match participate anyways and if they don’t offer a plan start an...

 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Seven steps to manage liability when it comes to managing a retirement plan. As a plan sponsor, you have an extensive list of judiciary responsibilities which ensure that your plan is being managed and monitored correctly. For this...

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Making preparations for the new fiduciary rule change? Here are seven simple items to help you get started. There have been quite a few delays in the finalization of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary regulation changes...

 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Getting audited can be a big ordeal for many plan sponsors. If you are required to have an audit on by a third-party organization or by the DOL please make sure that you’re involved in the process and that you understand the...

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

4 strategies on retirement plan design and administration to help create successful retirement outcomes With the 401(k)/403(b) plan becoming the sole retirement strategy for many employees it's more important than ever to take a look...

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

10 strategies on retirement plan participation to help create retirement outcomes About 75 percent of U.S. employees who are currently enrolled in a 401(k) plan think that 401(k) plans are the most important source of a person's...

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to Save $3,000 This Year Making thrifty decisions can become a regular habit that adds up We all know how difficult it is to put aside money for the future when there are so many competing claims on your income. Small wonder that...

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The role of a Plan Sponsor is a difficult one. These days, it’s critical to have an advisor that specializes in retirement plans on your team to meet your Fiduciary responsibilities. Below are the areas that are especially...

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

How to assess your retirement plan fees and make sure that your plan fees are appropriate. All plan sponsors should review their retirement plan fees on an annual basis. Fees are continuing to drop with the average total cost for large...

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Avoid inundating participants and potential enrollees with irrelevant topics and information overload. You only have a short time to make key points so be efficient in your messaging and stick to the task at hand. Start with...