WE BRING SOLUTIONS
IMPROVING THE 401(K)
Employers have significant responsibility with regard to their retirement plan. The Department of Labor (DOL), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) each have specific regulations and guidelines, which can be overwhelming. We built our solution to address many of the common challenges that face company-sponsored retirement plans. Specifically, we provide a variety of distinct advantages integrated into a simple, yet powerful retirement plan solution.
BUILT AROUND YOUR BEST INTERESTS. NOT OURS.
We believe that truly serving your best interests means eliminating potential conflicts of interest, including those arising from plan-related expenses. All fees are straightforward, transparent, and clearly disclosed – No surprises. Further, the plan has no commissions, hidden charges, or complex revenue sharing arrangements. Understanding the various types of fees involved with retirement plans is not easy, but rest assured our solution strives to balance the cost and value for all aspects of your plan.
Our approach is different. As an independent advisory firm, we take ownership in helping you select competitive service providers. We tie this together into a unified, simple solution. This integrated, yet flexible model provides our clients with the best of all worlds. You have a business to manage. Let us focus on your retirement plan so you can focus on your company.
Every employer strives to reduce, or even eliminate, any unnecessary risk.
Employers cannot generally outsource the fiduciary responsibility related to
the retirement plan's operational functions, such as 5500 filings, contribution processing and participant notices. However, ERISA does allow your organization
to transfer control of the investment decision making process to a 3(38) Investment Manager. At that point, your responsibility is to then simply monitor that manager.
This is powerful because the selected investment manager does not act as a co-fiduciary, but actually steps in front of you and your organization as the fiduciary for investment related functions. Not every investment firm offers this level of fiduciary
protection because they incur additional liability and cost.
Many retirement plan investment choices remain limited to common investments, such as stocks, bonds, and cash. Our investment lineup is not bound by a traditional definition of diversification and includes an extraordinarily wide selection of asset types, including often overlooked specialized investments. The goal of this approach is to offer employees the ability to participate in a broad range of return opportunities, address numerous investment risks, and reduce dependency on any single financial market.
Mutual funds are commonly used as the investment options within retirement plans. However, our retirement plan program uses Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), such as Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), offering you and your employees valuable benefits:
We have access to the broadest possible universe of investments and have complete independence to select an investment lineup that is best for your plan. Our investment choices are offered by industry-leading financial institutions – we are not a fund family or insurance company. Further, we partner with globally-recognized financial institutions to hold, or custody, your plan assets. Plan participants have three methods of investing their individual accounts, offering significant flexibility:
1. PARTICIPANT MANAGED
2. PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED
3. QUALIFIED DEFAULT INVESTMENT ALTERNATIVE
We deliver personal service, on-site employee education, employee
enrollment support, and individualized consultations. Our team focuses on all
aspects of the financial planning process, with the goal of helping each employee
meet their financial goals.
RETIREMENT INCOME PLANNING
HEALTH & LONG-TERM CARE PLANNING
LEGACY & ESTATE PLANNING
The regulatory environment is evolving, thereby increasing your responsibility as a plan sponsor. Are the hassles and burdens of your existing plan keeping you up at night? The good news is that our administration provider steps up to the plate, and takes responsibility and ownership of following tasks:
Delivering the never-ending information to your plan participants is no longer on your to-do list.
Manage your compliance requirements ensuring your plan stays current with the regulatory environment
TECHNOLOGY & REPORTING
Streamline your operations and provide instant
access to the data you need.
Identify which plan features will help you make the
most of your plan, such as maximizing your plan
contributions thereby minimizing your tax burden.