Consider Giving Your 401(k) Plan a Mid-year Check

As we’re now into the second half of 2010, I thought I’d share some advice I read recently in Sunday newspaper.  Charles Schwab is encouraging individuals to perform a mid-year review of their 401(k) investments through the following simple processes: • Rebalance – Rebalancing means adjusting the allocations to the funds in your account back to …

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IRS Compliance Testing: Top-Heavy Test

In order to ensure that employee benefit plans do not violate certain standards that the DOL and IRS believe are important, plans are subjected to annual compliance tests. These tests are designed to ensure that the amount employees are deferring is within certain maximum limits and that plans are not operating in a manner that …

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Failure to Comply with Hardship Distribution Requirements

Plan Sponsors often fall short in one simple area of plan administration: record keeping. It is important that Plan Sponsors keep proper documentation for each area of the Plan.  One important area for this documentation is administering hardship distributions to participants. As described in our blog, “Hardship Distribution Requirements”, if your plan allows for hardship …

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Defined-Benefit Plans – Recent Report of Deficits

Lately I’ve run across several articles in the news that give a gloomy outlook for pension plans, including the State of Arizona’s Public-Pensions.  According to a recent report in the Arizona Republic, tightening budgets and poor investment performance have some wondering if the funds can continue to meet their obligations to retirees.  Citing a new …

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