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2019 401k Contributions Announced

by Nathan Garcia, CFP® Level 16
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1 Comment   |  Nov 09, 2018
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PLAN ADMINISTRATION IS A HASSLE …but does it have to be?

by Curtis Steven Farrell Level 16
3 Tips for Managing 401(k) Plan Administration Headaches As an HR professional, you have mastered the art of juggling and hopefully, you look good in hats, because you’re likely to find yourself wearing a number of ...(more)
Comment   |  Sep 06, 2018 from Mission Viejo, CA
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How 401(K) Advisors Can Use ETFs

by Charles H. Self III Level 17
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have gained significant market share for over a decade now, and more investors are interested in utilizing the investment vehicle to design a diversified portfolio. Advisors' adoption of ...(more)
Comment   |  Mar 12, 2018 from Appleton, WI
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Hands

by Randy Brunson Level 18
You have probably heard by now that the new DoL fiduciary rule, slated to go into effect on Monday April 10th, has had implementation pushed back to June 9th.  The short version of this rule is that it requires any ...(more)
Comment   |  May 03, 2017 from Suwanee, GA
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What is the difference between a Recordkeeper and a Third Party Administrator (TPA)?

by Justin Ladden Level 11
There are many parties involved with the management of a company’s retirement plan.  Although we hear certain terms being used, many times we do not understand exactly who does what.  A common question I get is “what ...(more)
Comment   |  Mar 08, 2017 from Birmingham, AL
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Taking advantage of employer-sponsored retirement plans

by Jose Manuel Soto Level 17
Employer-sponsored qualified retirement plans such as 401(k)s are some of the most powerful retirement savings tools available. If your employer offers such a plan and you're not participating in it, you should be. Once ...(more)
Comment   |  Dec 05, 2016
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401(k) Double Dipping: 3 Ways Your 401(k) Plan is Double Dipping on Fees

by Corey Anthony Purkat Level 6
Just like it's not cool to double dip your chip at the company pot luck, it's also not very cool when you find out you're paying a lot more in fees for your 401(k) than you were originally lead to believe.   So, is ...(more)
Comment   |  Nov 17, 2016 from St Paul, MN
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A Guide to Sprint's 401k Plan

by Andrew Comstock, CFA Level 20
Sprint has been one of Kansas City's larger employers for a generation. Despite some ups and downs with Sprint's core business the 401k plan has been a great place for you to save for retirement. There are some great ...(more)
Comment   |  Aug 23, 2016 from Leawood, KS
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Three Steps to Moving a 401(k) Balance

by Randy Brunson Level 18
When you change employers, or retire, you often have a retirement plan balance in a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k) plan.  In this article, we will discuss the “how-to” aspects of moving your retirement plan ...(more)
Comment   |  Jul 28, 2016 from Suwanee, GA
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A Guide to Cerner Corporation’s 401k

by Andrew Comstock, CFA Level 20
Your corporate retirement plan is a key part of reaching your retirement goals. When it comes to Cerner’s 401k there are great internal resources from HR, but sometimes an outside perspective can help you answer some ...(more)
Comment   |  Jun 10, 2016 from Leawood, KS
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15 Signs Your 401(k) Needs Some Help

by Andrew Comstock, CFA Level 20
Your 401(k) is one of your greatest tools to save for retirement. Most 401(k) plans need somewhere between a tune up to a complete overhaul to get it on track. Whether you have a 401(k), 403(b) or other work place plan ...(more)
Comment   |  May 02, 2016 from Leawood, KS
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Recent Trends in the 401(k) World-Is Auto the way to go?

by Mark Heath Woodward Level 10
By: Mark H. Woodward March 4, 2016   Many 401(k) Plan sponsors have started to adapt a policy of auto-enrollment to increase participation in their plans.  While some may argue the merits of such a policy, the ...(more)
Comment   |  Mar 08, 2016 from Vienna, VA
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Does My 401(K) Plan Have High Fees?

by Justin Ladden Level 11
Let’s face it.  Any service that you use or that is provided to you costs something.  If the cost of bread goes up, we can notice this by the price tag on the bag.  But what about your 401(K) plan?  How do you know what ...(more)
Comment   |  Feb 03, 2016 from Birmingham, AL
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How Should I Invest My 401(K) Account?

by Justin Ladden Level 11
I previously wrote about increasing your contributions to employer sponsored plans in the blog titled "Surprise Yourself By Increasing Your Contributions", which discussed some of the things you can control when it ...(more)
Comment   |  Feb 03, 2016 from Birmingham, AL
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Proposed DOL’s Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Rules for Retirement Plan Accounts Why an Advisor who is Plan Fiduciary Is Critical for the Future of Retirement

by Steven Kaye Level 13
Today the majority of workers participating in a retirement plan at work are covered by a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k). The Department of Labor (DOL) has focused increased attention on the role of the ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 29, 2016 from Warren, NJ
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Oracle’s 401(k) Plan Participants File Suit Underscoring the Importance of Plan Reviews and Improved Plan Governance

by Steven Kaye Level 13
Even Fortune 500 Companies with their tremendous resources at their disposal can get sued. Oracle was sued by its current and former 401(k) Plan participants, alleging that plan executives violated their fiduciary ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 29, 2016 from Warren, NJ
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The fear of touching the 401(k)

by Ardian Hasko Level 11
In conversations with CFOs and Heads of HR we often encounter a fear of touching the 401(k) plans. The initial reluctance of touching something that in their mind works well enough is quickly replaced with the fear ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 26, 2016 from Manhattan, NY
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What do Macchiato and 401(k) have in common?

by Ardian Hasko Level 11
More than 10 years ago while driving through Nebraska to get back to Denver airport to catch a flight when I spotted a shiny 1969 Airstream on the side of the road with a huge sign that read: “Espresso, Latte & ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 06, 2016 from Manhattan, NY
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Learning From the Novant Health Retirement Plan

by Lyle Himebaugh Level 20
Granite Insight Avoid the Novant Health issue with your plan, the issue: This hospital system breached their fiduciary duty by: 1) Allowing excessive fees to paid to the broker (DL Davis) 2) Allowing excessive fees ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 04, 2016
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Vanguard’s 401k participant data shows interesting trends

by Gary A. Brooks Level 17
By Gary Brooks, CFP® Brooks, Hughes & Jones Wealth Advisors Survey data is regularly publicized by a wide variety of financial firms and research entities. It often is used to make a particular point about ...(more)
Comment   |  Dec 02, 2015 from Tacoma, WA
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