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Steady Guidance for Plan Sponsors

As more and more workers turn to their employer-sponsored retirement plan as their primary source of retirement income, pressure increases for you, as a plan sponsor, to deliver on what your employees need to help them work toward their financial goals.

You're tasked with overseeing a group retirement plan that meets the unique financial needs of your employee base and adheres to the complex laws, regulations and responsibilities required as a fiduciary.

And, of course, you want to ensure you're making the best possible decisions to optimize your plan.

We're here to help.

Our team incorporates intelligent plan design support services, ongoing monitoring of vendors and investments, comprehensive retirement plan governance assistance and operational support to help you feel more confident when it comes to managing your group's retirement plan.

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Investment Policy Statement Preparation 

Our team assists you in preparing a customized investment policy statement (IPS) that addresses your firm's culture and demographics. This includes investment objectives, policies and constraints consistent with your plan's requirements. We also assist with regular reviews and updates to the IPS.

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Investment Selection 

We review your plan's investments and recommend investment manager(s) and investments consistent with the requirements of your plan's IPS.

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Performance, Governance, Monitoring and Reporting

We monitor your plan's investment manager(s) and investments and may recommend additional investments and investment managers or other changes from time to time. We also provide reports monitoring plan investment managers and investments, comparing the performance to benchmarks set forth in the IPS.

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Fiduciary Education 

We provide educational opportunities by bringing in affiliated ERISA knowledgeable attorneys for plan sponsors to work toward improving decision-making when it comes to vendor selection, fiduciary responsibilities, investment choices and participant education.

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Benchmarking

We provide you with comparisons of plan data (e.g., regarding fees, services, participant enrollment and contributions) to data from the plan's prior years and/or a benchmark group of similar plans, as required by regulation.

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Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) Services

We assist you with the identification and monitoring of investment products or model portfolios in connection with the definition of a QDIA under ERISA (for plans subject to ERISA).

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Model Portfolios 

We will recommend, for consideration and approval by you, asset allocation target-date, model portfolios, or risk-based model portfolios for your plan to make available to plan participants, and which funds from the lineup of investment options chosen by you to include in such model portfolios with an eye towards your plan's unique demographics.

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Service Provider Search Support

We will assist you with the preparation of requests for proposals (RFPs), evaluation of proposals and bids and interviews of investment providers (e.g. insurance or brokerage firms or mutual fund companies) offering plan recordkeeping, investment services and other plan service providers, as requested.

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Other Services

  • Plan design assistance
  • Needs assessments
  • Plan service provider coordinator
  • Produce sponsor and/or record keeper evaluations
  • Compilation of and coordinating data for plan testing
  • Review of periodic reports by the plan's record keeper
  • Plan audit support 
  • Advisor on Demand® financial wellness programs

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