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 ➝

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 ➝

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 ➝

Should 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 ➝

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 ➝

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 ➝