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The Loan They Never Take May Make All the Difference

Today, there's a good bit of debate about how participant loans affect long-term retirement outcomes. So, how do we best view these plan options and – more importantly – how do we coach employees on their use? In this video, we offer a perspective of loans and hardships within the context of financial wellness. We invite you to watch the video and review the accompanying Action Doc to gain insight on how to help employees think more critically about managing their financial realities and saving for their future.
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Plan Fiduciary Services and Why They Matter

In a plan sponsor's capacity as fiduciary to its plan, the plan sponsor has a variety of specific responsibilities to manage–or–outsource to a professional, qualified third party. A 3(16) fiduciary service is the mechanism where you, as plan sponsor, can outsource some, or all, of your administrative fiduciary responsibilities. This video highlights these administrative fiduciary responsibilities and your options to manage or delegate this role to a 3(16) fiduciary service provider.
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Did You Know You Are a Fiduciary?

As a plan sponsor of a qualified retirement plan, you are a fiduciary of your plan. Unfortunately, some clients don’t know that. Nor do they understand the practical ramifications of this. That’s why we’re providing expert guidance on this vitally important topic. In this episode of Spectrum Employer Connect, we provide an overview of an employer's fiduciary role and responsibilities.
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When to Set Sail with Safe Harbor

Many company owners actively seek to maximize their 401(k) contributions each year. That’s a great goal, but it can be problematic if your plan fails to meet the nondiscrimination rules. Adding a Safe Harbor provision can confidently address this issue while providing important benefits to your company and employees. In this episode of Employer Connect, you’ll learn how Safe Harbor contributions work and four benefits of adopting this plan provision.
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Cash Balance Plans Allow Six Figure Annual Contributions

If you are looking to save even more on taxes and put up to six figures per year into your retirement account, a Cash Balance plan may be the right choice. This episode of Spectrum Employer Connect introduces Cash Balance plans, a retirement plan design that allows significantly higher contribution limits and drives faster asset accumulations than a 401(k).
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To Roth or Not to Roth

Many business owners are comfortable with the notion of a Roth IRA. We find that far fewer understand and appreciate the benefit of contributing post-tax dollars in a Roth 401(k) account as compared to making traditional pre-tax contributions. In the right circumstances and for the right person, a Roth 401(k) account can deliver significant tax benefits at retirement.
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Understanding Why a QDIA Matters

The continued adoption of auto-enrollment in 401(k) plans has increased the importance of including a Qualified Default Investment Alternative – a QDIA – in the plan’s fund lineup. You may fully understand how a QDIA works as a default investment choice for your employees. But do you also appreciate how your plan’s QDIA provides you specific fiduciary protection?
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Auto-Enrollment and Auto-Escalation

Auto Enrollment and Auto Escalation – highlights “automatic” plan design features that can make a significant difference for employees starting their journey to retirement. Watch this video and download its Action Doc to better understand how auto-enrollment and auto-escalation can be a great tools to help more people achieve a secure retirement.

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