Feature Articles: Institutional Investment Consulting

SECURE Act

By Dan Schroeder, QKA, QPFC

January 06, 2020Institutional Investment ConsultingRetirement Plans

In a major victory for the advocacy efforts of the American Retirement Association, the most comprehensive retirement savings policy bill since the Pension Protection Act of 2006 was signed by President Trump on December 20. Years in the making, the Setting Every...

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The More You Know: Automatic Enrollment Notices

By Dan Schroeder, QKA, QPFC

December 13, 2019Institutional Investment ConsultingRetirement Plans

Many retirement plans today provide automatic enrollment for employees, meaning the plan sponsor initiates enrollment into the retirement plan on behalf of the employee. One common question plan sponsors come across is whether their enrollment kit satisfies the annual automatic enrollment notice...

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The Benefits of Matching Retirement Contributions

By Dan Schroeder, QKA, QPFC

December 12, 2019Institutional Investment ConsultingRetirement Plans

As the unemployment rate has dropped, hiring has grown increasingly competitive - especially for businesses with highly specialized positions. It’s important to understand how retirement matches factor into the hiring process and how they can financially benefit your company. Here are a few...

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A Strong 403(b) Fiduciary Foundation Reduces Plan Sponsor Anxiety

By Bernie Heffernon, AIF®, CFS

November 18, 2019Institutional Investment ConsultingRetirement Plans

Over the past few years and accelerating over the past few weeks, there has been a significant increase in 403(b) retirement plan litigation and enhanced government scrutiny over 403(b) plans in general.

Since 2016 over 25 private universities have faced lawsuits from groups...

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Why Do Plan Sponsors Hire A Retirement Plan Consultant/Advisor to help with their employer 401(k) plans?

By Stacy Allen, AIF®, PRP

October 08, 2019Institutional Investment ConsultingRetirement PlansParticipant Financial Wellness Services

After working over 25 years in the retirement plan industry, I still often get asked, “Why would I hire a Retirement Plan Consultant/Advisor to help with our 401(k) plan when that is what our recordkeeper is for or that is my job?”

The role of the...

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Reduce Risk in Your Defined Benefit Plan – Asset Liability Immunization Strategy (ALIS) Explained

By Tony Albrecht, CFA®

May 30, 2019Institutional Investment ConsultingRetirement Plans

Often the focus of Defined Benefit (DB) Plans is on the return generated by the plan assets.  The DB assets are managed to provide an attractive rate of return which usually requires a significant allocation to equities or other forms of risk-seeking assets in...

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“SECURE” Legislation

By Justin Dorsey, J.D.

May 21, 2019Institutional Investment ConsultingRetirement Plans

Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act

On March 29, 2019, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., introduced new bipartisan legislation, The Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, which eases the ability to offer...

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