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...

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...

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...

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...

July 01 2020

401(k) Plan Design, Employee Engagement and Corporate Financial Performance

Many companies offer 401(k) plans as a benefit to help attract and retain talented employees, but most business owners and CFOs do not look at 401(k) plans in relation to corporate profitability. The plans are treated as a necessary expense, a cost o...

June 24 2020

Last Recipient of a Civil War Pension Dies Recently at 90

The last person to be receiving a Civil War-era pension has died. Irene Triplett, of Wilkesboro, NC, died on May 31 at the age of 90 due to complications from having fallen a few days earlier, according to the Washington Post and other news outlets. ...

June 17 2020

Understanding Your Role as a 401(k) Plan Sponsor: Am I a Fiduciary?

Retirement planning has become top of mind for many Americans in today’s economy. Fortunately, most businesses now offer 401(k) plans to attract new talent and compensate existing employees, helping them plan for their financial futures beyond their ...

April 22 2020

Coronavirus and Defined Benefit Plan Funding

This article is part of our continuing series on the coronavirus and its effects on qualified retirement plans.  Recently, we wrote about ways employees affected by the coronavirus could access money from their retirement plans.  Today, we are discus...

March 23 2020

Options for Accessing Retirement Plan Money Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) scare, we are getting reports that our clients are imposing layoffs, furloughs, and temporary shutdowns.  It makes sense; if people aren’t coming to your business, there’s no work for the employees to do and no money t...

February 06 2020

Issues with Independent Contractors and Pension Plans

A number of our retirement plan clients have independent contractors performing services for them.  There are often questions about whether these independent contractors can or should be covered in the company retirement plan.  The answer can be boil...

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