Stock market drops of 20% or more are an unfortunate fact of life for investors, and can be expected to happen once or twice a decade. If you sell when prices are falling, you may miss out on a recovery. Since no one knows when the recovery will start, or how long it will take for the market to bounce back, it is important to stay the course.
DirectAdvisors was pleased to welcome two guests to our latest installment of our video podcast series. Mike Kiley (Consultant and Relationship Manager) and Karl Willman (Principal/Director of Midwest Small Defined Benefit Operations) of Nyhart joined Stacy Gregory, plan advisor from DirectAdvisors, in a discussion on Cash Balance Plans. Utilizing prevailing wage dollars in a Cash Balance Pension Plan offers various benefits for both employers and their employees. From tax benefits to employee retention, our panelists discussed how this type of plan works, and the advantages of implementing it alongside a defined contribution plan.
DirectAdvisors is pleased to announce our 2nd video podcast in our ongoing retirement plan podcast series. Our guest in this episode was Matt Petralia, Regional Director, Northeast Region of Newport Retirement Services (Newport Group). Matt spent a few minutes speaking with DirectAdvisors’ Co-Founder and President, Tom Santa Barbara, on multi-employer plans, with a particular focus on Pooled Employer Plans (PEPs), which were introduced as part of the SECURE Act of 2019.
Retirement Plan Podcast Series #10 – Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Required Disclosures to be Provided to Participants
There are all sorts of different documents you need to provide, and many of them have different deadlines. We take a look at some of the most important disclosures, their deadlines, who they need to be provided to, and your options for distributing them.
Annualization — If a contractor is doing public work and uses any of the fringe supplements to pay bona fide benefits to their employees, you need to know how to utilize these fringe supplements in a compliant way.
The adoption agreement is your guidebook on the features associated with your retirement plan, and is something you and your administrative team should be very familiar with. It is critical that you follow the rules in your adoption agreement to help ensure the Plan stays compliant.
DirectAdvisors Podcast #3 – New York State Construction Concerns: a Conversation with Brian Sampson, President of ABC Empire Chapter
We are excited to announce our latest podcast by Tom Santa Barbara, president of DirectAdvisors, entitled “New York State Construction Concerns”. In this podcast, Tom interviews Brian Sampson, President of the Empire Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Brian discusses some of his thoughts on the latest developments in the industry and the state of New York, especially the many challenges being faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fees have been a hot topic in the retirement services industry for some time now, and rightfully so. You don’t want your investment earnings to be eaten away by fees, but how can you tell what fees are being paid from your plan? And what fees are considered to be reasonable? You want to know if what you’re paying is appropriate.
Fiduciaries are considered an integral part of a retirement plan. They hold very important responsibilities and must adhere to specific best practices, or else they can be held personally liable.
As a Plan Sponsor, you’re tasked with all sorts of administrative requirements – determining eligibility of participants, providing required notices, depositing employee deferrals on time — the list goes on. There’s good news though, you’re not in this alone. DirectAdvisors has put together a helpful overview of these requirements to help you stay compliant and successfully navigate the administration on your plan.