WFG Blog

  • Apr 25 2018
    Our Eye is on the Horizon, Part 1

    By Jay Sanford, Director, Investment Strategy I’m going to start with the bad news and it’s a secret, so please keep this close to the vest…  the stock will eventually go down!  I know, I know, it’s hard to believe.  We have had 9 years of growth (albeit slow at times) and the fundamentals and  Read more ➝

  • Apr 12 2018
    Items Your Annual Retirement Plan Review May Be Missing

    As a plan sponsor, you are no stranger to the annual retirement plan review. Although you may meet quarterly or semi-annually with your advisor, a yearly plan assessment is an opportunity to evaluate the health of your plan. Many times, the focus of an annual review has to do with investments and fund line-ups; and  Read more ➝

  • Apr 2 2018
    Infographic: Retirement Plan Review Questionnaire

    Your annual retirement plan review has many different layers to it and presents the opportunity to evaluate the overall health of your plan. Download our free checklist to review key questions for fiduciary compliance, plan design, retirement readiness, fiduciary oversight, service provider due diligence, and investment due diligence.   To access our Infographics page where  Read more ➝

  • Mar 26 2018
    What is 401(k) Benchmarking and Why Should You Do It?

    Simply stated, benchmarking is the process of reviewing and evaluating your company retirement plan. It involves taking a look at what you are offering your employees today and deciding if it’s appropriate or needs some updating. There are four main areas to focus on when assessing your retirement plan: Plan Design Service Providers Funds Fees  Read more ➝

  • Mar 19 2018
    WFG Launches New Company Website to Enhance Client Engagement

    Features Include Client Tools, Speakers Bureau, Upcoming Events, Customized Content and Inside WFG Washington Financial Group (WFG), a nationally recognized and award-winning leader in providing retirement plan and wealth management services, today announced the launch of the new company website designed to enhance client engagement by adding several new features (https://www.washfinancial.com/). Recognizing that clients desire  Read more ➝

  • Mar 12 2018
    What Does It Really Take to Retire?

    As a plan sponsor, your employees rely heavily on your guidance; after all, you manage the plan that may offer their best shot at a successful retirement. When the 401(k) plan was introduced in the mid-80s, it was not intended as a standalone solution. However, as time evolved, defined contribution (DC) plans became the primary  Read more ➝

  • Mar 5 2018
    Evaluating + Creating a Prudent Fiduciary Process

    Believe it or not, an efficient retirement plan committee does not happen by chance. The “best practices” your committee upholds form the foundation for a prudent process creating an opportunity for employees to pursue their retirement goals. Companies of any size can benefit from a consistent process and should consider implementing a few of the  Read more ➝

  • Feb 26 2018
    Wednesday Donuts

    “Anyone seen Curt?” “Is Curt here yet?” “Where’s Curt?” Curt Gupton is definitely the most popular person in our office on Wednesday mornings. That’s because he brings the donuts (and bagels). This tradition was started many years ago by Jay Sanford, who would bring in donuts or bagels on an almost weekly basis. At the  Read more ➝

  • Feb 19 2018
    Customizing Plan Design

    Retirement plans come in all shapes and sizes: DC Plans, DB Plans, Non-Qual, 401(k), 403(b), 401(a), 457, SEP IRA, Simple IRA, Roth IRA, Cash Balance, HSA… and any other number letter combinations that you can think of. The simple truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all version of a retirement plan; and as a plan  Read more ➝

  • Feb 12 2018
    Volatility During Healthy Markets

    After more than 18 months of nearly uninterrupted advances, the U.S. equity markets started declining last week, with a large sell-off on February 5, 2018. Although it is always difficult to endure these declines when they’re occurring, it’s important to focus on the underlying fundamentals of the economy and the markets, which are pointing to  Read more ➝