The third quarter of the year was more of the same for equity markets. Between three hurricanes, gridlock over health care and tax reforms in Washington, interest rate increases, threats of nuclear war with North Korea, rising tension with Russia, a horrific domestic shooting, widespread social unrest, the looming Federal Reserve balance sheet tapering, and general tightening by Central Banks around the world, the markets did not slow down. Consumer optimism is reaching all-time highs, inflation is stubbornly low (confounding the Fed), wages are ticking up, and the job market remains tight with unemployment hovering near all-time lows. Continue reading
If you make decisions regarding the administration of your employer’s retirement plan or its investment choices, then you are a fiduciary to the plan. As a fiduciary, you are charged with making decisions that can impact the employees’ assets in the plan, and ultimately their retirement readiness. Those decisions must be prudent, but they should also drive your plan toward being a good plan. However, you may ask what does it mean for a plan to be a good plan?
(Springfield, MO, September 26, 2017) – Pension Consultants, Inc. (“PCI”), a leader in offering performance-driven retirement plan management, was recently named on the National Association of Plan Advisors’ (NAPA) first-ever Top Defined Contribution (“DC”) Advisor Firm List. NAPA’s Top DC Advisors is a compilation of leading individual advisor firms and advisor teams, ranked by DC assets under advisement. Nevin Adams, Chief Content Officer of the American Retirement Association and Editor-in-Chief of NAPA-Net states that the list “. . . highlights the contributions these firms are making in helping build a more financially secure retirement for millions of Americans.”1
Over this past week, Pension Focus hosted another successful year of the Pension Focus Conference (“PFC”).
Hosted at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri, the PFC focuses on providing in-depth, retirement plan management education for both plan fiduciaries and plan administrators.
This year PFC was fortunate to have several speakers from various avenues of retirement plan management ranging from ERISA attorneys, to a consumer behaviorist, to a Department of Labor representative. Among those speakers was our nationally-recognized keynote speaker, Mr. Bradford Campbell, ERISA attorney at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP. Continue reading
(Springfield, MO, February 28, 2017) – Pension Consultants, Inc., a leader in offering in-depth, un-conflicted advice on every aspect of retirement plan management, was recently named one of five finalists for the 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year award. This is the second straight year Pension Consultants, Inc. has been named a finalist for Plan Adviser of the Year. PLANSPONSOR, a national publication, is the leading authority on retirement and benefits programs and is dedicated to helping employers navigate the complex world of retirement plan design and strategy. Continue reading
Todd Hughes, JD, Director, ERISA and Vendor Services, was recently quoted in a DETROIT FREE PRESS article “Would you know if you are paying too much in fees with your 401(k)?”. Todd explains how excessive fee lawsuits have increased concerns about conflicts of interest and the lack of transparency in the retirement plan management industry. Click to read the full article in the DETROIT FREE PRESS and learn more about the need for fee transparency – not only to help avoid lawsuits but to also help participants minimize extra costs.
Todd Hughes, JD, Director, ERISA and Vendor Services, was recently quoted in PLANSPONSOR’s article “Getting to a Better Place – Improving a plan through the RFP/RFI process”. Todd discusses how Pension Consultants was able to help its plan sponsor clients reduce their record keeping fees. He also explains what plan sponsors need to do annually to track their plan fees and services in between the times they go out for a formal search. Click to read the full article in PLANSPONSOR and learn how the RFP process can help deliver a top-performing plan.
Performance transparency is the plan adviser’s path to a better future. As a group, we need to openly choose to move off of the path we have been on and move onto this new path. The one we have been on was set for us by the historical roots of the financial services industry. That failed path based its “professional” value upon relationships and is leading us off the cliff. Continue reading
It is time for the Plan Adviser profession to move past our relationship mentality, jettison our past and grow into the profession that will serve our clients and us better. Relationships, or more correctly stated, our dependence upon them, are holding us back and threaten the unrealized value of our profession. Continue reading
Brian Allen, President, was recently quoted in PLANADVISER’s article “Dividing Up the Roles”. Brian discusses how Pension Consultants segments its staff’s talent to maximize their value for clients. He also shares his thoughts on what skill levels are needed with assigning responsibilities. Click to read the full article in PLANADVISER and learn more about creating a structured staff of specialized experts.