Acting in a fiduciary role can help you elevate your retirement plan practice and provide higher touch service to sponsors. Understanding the different types of fiduciaries, advantages of becoming one and tools available to address fiduciary responsibilities is key for advisors looking to expand their services — and grow their book.
A new small plan benchmarking system from a California KPA network is live as of this week, and a number of recordkeepers involved in the product are spreading the word about its merits.
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PlanFees helps successful 401(k) advisors “benchmark better” and mitigate fiduciary risk. But you can also use our suite of innovative benchmarking tools to “prospect better,” nurture leads and build your professional practice. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
Held by schools and other tax-exempt organizations, 403(b)s used to be highly dissimilar to 401(k)s — with fewer rules and requirements. And by far, the majority of high-profile excessive-fee lawsuits have targeted 401(k)s. But a recent suit against Northeastern University’s 403(b) is a strong reminder that all retirement accounts mandated under ERISA to keep fees reasonable are at risk.
Plan fiduciaries have many important responsibilities to uphold. And they must act solely in the interest of participants and their beneficiaries. To that end, they have to prudently manage investments, administer the plan properly, monitor service providers and much more.
PlanFees data shows advisor compensation fee structures are trending away from commission-based schedules and toward fee-for-service models. As a result, it’s more important than ever for advisors to be equipped to justify the fees they charge relative to the level and frequency of the services they provide.
According to PlanFees data, most advisors have a small staff of one to five employees. And with your team already performing intricate, three-to-five-year live-bid benchmarks, there may be little time left to conduct an annual benchmark on your other plans during off years.
Are you considering broadening your professional horizons in 2023? If you’re thinking about incorporating retirement plan advisory services into your offering, you probably have questions. And to provide a high level of service to your new plan sponsor clients, you may need to make some additions to your advisory toolkit:
Mutual of America, an insurance company that also provides services in the small-plan marketplace, has found itself in the crosshairs of an ERISA lawsuit alleging a breach of its duties of loyalty and prudence to plan participants. The plaintiffs charge that they were subject to excessive fees as a result of the company’s adoption of its own proprietary closed-architecture recordkeeping platform. The system, they allege, caused participants to pay annual administrative fees roughly 10 times what they would have if the plan had researched and engaged a third-party recordkeeper to perform comparable (or even better) services.