November 20 2020

When It’s a Mistake to Call Something a “Mistake of Fact”

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”  So goes the internet meme based on Inigo Montoya’s complaint to Vizzini about his use of the word "inconceivable" in The Princess Bride movie. In the pension business, ther...

November 03 2020

Investor Insights - November 2020

See our recap of October's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers Small Cap Value stocks, the most beleaguered asset class in the US this year, led for the first time in October with a 3.63% return.                 US GDP gre...

October 29 2020

Out with 2020, In with the 2021 Retirement Plan Rates and Limits

As we head toward the close of this turbulent year, we have learned that most IRS limits related to qualified retirement plans will hold steady in 2021. Retirees receiving Social Security benefits will receive another modest increase, while PBGC prem...

October 07 2020

Top 10 Items Discuss with Your 401(k) Provider

As a business owner and entrepreneur, you are constantly being pulled in several different directions. You have a 401(k) plan in place as a robust benefit for your employees and rely on your Third Party Administrator (TPA) to help keep your plan comp...

October 02 2020

Investor Insights - October 2020

See our recap of September's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers There are 32 days left before Election Day in the United States.                     The S&P 500 Energy sector declined by 14.51% in September, continuing a ...

September 16 2020

Asset Allocation: Planning For an Uncertain Future

Picture the future. What are your plans for 10 years from now? How about 5 years from now? One year? How certain are you that your plans will become a reality? Of course, the truth is we can and should plan, but we can never be certain of what the fu...

September 02 2020

Investor Insights - September 2020

See our recap of August's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers The S&P 500 gained 7.19% during August. It was the best August return since 1986.   The NASDAQ Composite has gained 49.33% over the trailing 12 months.    The r...

August 19 2020

RMDs Aren’t Required in 2020

You may recall that the CARES Act says required minimum distributions (RMDs) don’t have to be taken in 2020 from IRAs and many employer retirement plans. This seems like a pretty simple concept, but it’s not. There were a number of unanswered questio...

August 04 2020

Investor Insights - August 2020

See our recap of July's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers The S&P 500 tilted back into positive territory for 2020, with a year-to-date return through July of 2.38%. This index had fallen 34% from its peak by March 23 du...

July 08 2020

IRS Issues Further Details on Distributions and Plan Loans Under CARES Act

The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allows employees affected by COVID-19 greater access to money set aside for them in employer retirement plans.  As often happens, many details of this new law were not immediately clear.  We found our...