Risky Business: Why Plan Governance Matters

Participant-driven lawsuits are on the rise, and employers are facing heightened scrutiny of the way they manage their retirement plans. In today’s continually-evolving regulatory and legal environment, it’s more important than ever to make sure your organization’s retirement plan is both effective and compliant. A well-structured retirement plan governance program can help you pursue these  Read more ➝

What’s in Your Fiduciary File?

If the Department of Labor were to ever knock on your door, we want you to be prepared! Applying the essential requirements and best practice ideas on how to safely store fiduciary documents could help to lessen the possibility of litigation. Watch this 90 second video to learn more about: the primary documents that should  Read more ➝

2019 Compliance Calendar

To help you stay ahead of the curve with important deadlines and filings, download our 2019 Compliance Calendar.     If you have any questions about deadlines or information requested, please contact us to discuss today!       Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Global Retirement Partners, LLC (GRP)  Read more ➝

LiFT Retirement Newsletter Q1 2019

Ringing in the new year comes with changes to the 401(k) world, and as a plan sponsor, we want to keep you informed and educated. Our latest LiFT Retirement Newsletter features our insights with the following articles: Risky Business: Why Plan Governance Matters 4 Tips to Boost Your Employees’ Retirement Outlook Share Class ABCs: Choose Wisely    Read more ➝

WFG Named 2018 NAPA Top DC Advisor Team

Washington Financial Group has been named one of the 2018 NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams. The teams list, ranked by self-reported DC assets under advisement, actually contains fewer teams than did our inaugural list, though we maintained the AUA threshold of $100 million. However – and doubtless the strong markets have played a factor –  Read more ➝

Motivating Savings with Financial Wellness and Plan Design

How can you, as a plan sponsor, inspire your employees to save for retirement? This article we will discuss holistic ways to promote financial wellness among your employees as well as plan design tips aimed at increasing participation and savings rates. Employee Savings Goals We’ve all heard the saying, “if you don’t know where you’re  Read more ➝

Joe DeNoyior Named One of 2018 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors

Washington Financial Group is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Joe DeNoyior has been named one of the 2018 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors. The formula the FT uses to grade advisers is based on seven factors and calculates a score for each adviser. The factors were: Defined Contribution (DC) Assets Under Management (AUM),  Read more ➝

Health Savings Accounts: Features Your Employees May Thank You For

For the majority of future retirees, medical expenses pose significant risk to any retirement plan, and they are only projected to rise. Medical cost estimates for couples throughout their full retirement, assuming both partners are 65, has increased $15,000 from 2016 to 2017, bringing total projections to $275,000, after Medicare coverage.[1] Even for professionals with  Read more ➝

The Financial Marathon

A Marathon for Everyone Recently, we went to cheer on a friend running in their first marathon. The excitement of watching thousands of people accomplish such an amazing goal was an experience like no other. We waited at the last bend before the finish line so we’d have a good vantage point for cheering our  Read more ➝

Guide for Employers Dealing with Missing Participants

Locating missing plan participants can be a headache for any employer, but simply ignoring them is not an effective solution. Regulatory agencies in previous years have published guidance on this topic relating to missing “retired” employees. With the increase in the number of “pre-retired” missing plan participants, governmental bodies are now taking additional measures to  Read more ➝