Fiduciary review of investments

Fiduciary responsibilities are often overlooked and underappreciated, and in-house executives and employees at your company tasked to watch over the company retirement plan may lack the qualifications to fully perform in a fiduciary role(s). That’s why when it comes to your obligations as a trustee, it’s a good idea to discuss bringing on fiduciary support …

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Safe harbor 401(k) plans – the basics

In a broad sense, the 401(k) is an investment vehicle for the masses. 401(k) plans offer millions of employees nationwide the ability to contribute directly from their paycheck into tax-advantaged investment accounts, and employers have the option to match a percentage of employee contributions (and many do). Properly utilized, the 401(k) vehicle is a stellar …

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What is a qualified non-elective contribution – QNEC

When it comes to your employee benefit plan, there are countless terms and acronyms thrown around, whether it be by HR, your third-party administrator (TPA), investment advisors or your auditors. One term you may come across is QNEC. This term is not very well-known, as many plans do not come across QNECs, but it’s important …

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Qualified domestic relations order tax consequences

Divorces can cause years of planning, saving and growth to be washed away in the blink of an eye, leaving you reevaluating the retirement that you had once planned. A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is a judgment, decree or order for a retirement plan to pay child support, alimony or marital property rights to …

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2019 Retirement plan limits released

The cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for the 2018 tax year are out. These rates released by the IRS are used to adjust various tax provisions from the standard deduction and personal exemption to retirement plan limits. Here’s a comparison of the 2019 and 2018 retirement plan limits for 401(k), 403(b) and profit sharing plans: Why there are …

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Spousal consent for retirement plan changes

Many retirement plans require plan participants to obtain spousal consent prior to several events, including change of beneficiary, distributions and loans. Typically, the plans that most frequently require spousal consent for these changes are defined benefit plans, commonly known as pension plans. Defined contribution plans, such as IRAs or 401ks, may also require consent. Change …

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401(k) Pre-tax or roth contribution: which is better?

When it comes to making decisions on your 401(k) contributions, there can be a lot of different factors that make it difficult to ensure you are making the right choices. One of those choices can be deciding whether to make pre-tax contributions into a traditional 401(k) or after-tax contributions to a Roth 401(k). Pre-tax contributions …

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Employer match options for your 401(k) plan

Receiving an employer match for your 401(k) is a great perk and encourages employees to participate in the 401(k) programs available. There are several different types and they can differ in timing, amount, restrictions and how they are calculated. Safe Harbor match Safe Harbor is a type of match in which employees are immediately 100% …

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How to locate your old 401(k)

If you have contributed to a 401(k) at a former employer or think that you may have done so, you probably want to find your account. Maybe you switched jobs or moved and lost track of your funds. Not to worry. Your money is protected and should still be out there. Here are several steps …

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Asset allocation: the basics for investors

The investing landscape has changed dramatically over the years. Rather than calling a stockbroker to place an order, most investors now login to their e-broker to place an order. Instead of investing in expensively managed funds, many investors now choose to invest in passively managed exchange-trade funds (ETFs). A broader range of securities is available …

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