SECURE Act Changes Loom

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Remember 2019? It was in December of that year (which seems very long ago now) that the SECURE Act was signed into law. Today, as COVID-19 continues raging around the world, the SECURE Act may have slipped off your radar in favor of other pressing issues. But make no mistake, it is still out there […]

Tap into the Power Nap

A short snooze can help get you through a tough day. With all the fear, uncertainty and drastic changes that have occurred over the past several months, who has been able to tune out and enjoy a good, old-fashioned nap? As it turns out, now may be a good time to revisit something that you may not have done […]

Women and Retirement: Expectations Met or Missed?

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As of late March 2020, the number of Americans expressing confidence in their ability to live comfortably in retirement was at near-record highs. Of course, since that time pandemic-related market flux may have changed the numbers. Because many surveys covering retirement are conducted only once a year, with results released several months after the information […]

What Age to Begin Taking Social Security Benefits | Consider the Trade-Offs

As you get close to retirement, one of your biggest questions will likely be when to begin taking Social Security benefits. If you file at an age other than your full retirement age, your benefit amount will be reduced or increased. Filing earlier gives you a reduced benefit; filing later gives you an increased benefit. […]

Retirement Tips & Resources That Everyone Can Use

Knowledge is Retirement Power It’s important to review your tolerance for investment risk on a regular basis, especially given the current market volatility. If you find yourself constantly stressing over your investments, it may make you feel better to reassess your appetite for risk. Your plan recordkeeper will likely have online education materials or questionnaires […]

Plan Sponsor’s Quarterly Calendar

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OCTOBER Audit third quarter payroll and plan deposit dates to ensure compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules regarding timely deposit of participant contributions and loan repayments. Verify that employees who became eligible for the plan between July 1 and September 30 received and returned an enrollment form. Follow up for forms that were […]

401(k) Plans Remain Important for Employees’ Futures

There is a lot of conversation lately reminding employees and participants of the fundamental reasons to contribute to their own retirement through their 401(k) plan, as well as why they should stay invested even during tough economic times. Times are tough for employers, too. With that in mind, here is our reminder for you about […]

Fiduciary Issues and Coronavirus: What You Should Know

They may have moved to the figurative back seat for awhile, but retirement plan fiduciary issues did not stop during the Coronavirus pandemic. As you sift through what has happened in the last few months, you’ll want to pay close attention to fiduciary responsibilities with your 401(k) plan. Fallout from previous recessions demonstrated, for example, the folly of […]

Communicating Through Volatility

In recent weeks, we’ve experienced some of the most impressive swings ever in the U.S. stock market. Naturally, this kind of rollercoaster ride causes participants concern. It’s more important than ever during times of volatility to remind them of the reasons to participate in their 401(k) plan, as well as the factors that went into […]