Jun 8 2018Keeping an Eye on Global Activity
The summer months are almost underway, which means that both vacations and midyear check-ins are ahead. As we approach the midpoint of 2018, many of us will take this opportunity to reflect on what we’ve seen so far and what may be ahead for the rest of the year. But we’re not quite there yet! Read more ➝Jun 5 2018Should We Have a Retirement Plan Committee?
If you are an employer or employee who has decision-making authority over your company’s retirement plan, there is a strong chance that you are a 401(k) plan fiduciary. You have a legal obligation to operate the plan solely in the interests of the plan participants (people with retirement account balances) and their beneficiaries (people who Read more ➝May 22 2018Our Eye is on the Horizon, Part 2
By Jay Sanford, Director, Investment Strategy The last time we met, we discussed the inevitability of the stock market going down and what we look at when it comes to taking the temperature of the market. (Remember, that is our little secret!) The second question to that blog post was, “What should I do about Read more ➝May 8 2018Do you know how to prepare for a 401(k) storm?
What shelter does your 401(k) plan have against annual non-discrimination testing? If you are a fiduciary to a traditional 401(k) plan, there’s a chance you might be inclined to annual non-discrimination testing. A Safe Harbor Plan can eliminate the need for annual non-discrimination testing. Not sure if your plan qualifies? Check out this short video Read more ➝Apr 25 2018Our 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 market 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 Read more ➝Apr 12 2018Items 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 2018Infographic: 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 2018What 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 2018WFG 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 2018What 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 ➝