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How to Suspend or Eliminate Your 401(k) Plan’s Match

How to Suspend or Eliminate Your 401(k) Plan’s Match

During times of economic uncertainty, like the COVID-19 situation that we're currently in, many companies look for ways to reduce expenses to help keep employees on payroll.  One of the expenses you may be considering reducing or eliminating is your company's matching...

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IRS Finalizes New Hardship Distribution Rules

IRS Finalizes New Hardship Distribution Rules

In October 2019, the IRS responded to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 through its release of the final amendments to the hardship distribution regulations.  Thanks to these newly-amended regulations, plan sponsors will now have...

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5 Financial Goals to Reach Before Age 40

5 Financial Goals to Reach Before Age 40

Financial Goals for Your 20s and 30s 1. Create and stick to a budget. It's hard to save if you have no idea where your money is going and how much you are able to contribute to retirement funds. Create and stick to a budget that allows you to cover necessary expenses...

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2019 Q2 Release Notes

2019 Q2 Release Notes

We're excited to share some of new features we'll be rolling out on June 28, 2019 as part of our Q2 release!  Here are the features that will be included... Features Search - We've built an all-new search feature that searches globally across our application for...

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Should you take a loan out of your 401k?

Should you take a loan out of your 401k?

During times of high financial stress, the idea of taking a loan out of your retirement savings fund can sound like the perfect solution. After all, it’s your money, right? Who wouldn’t consider taking advantage of money that you already have set aside for the future,...

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401k Plan Eligibility Best Practices

401k Plan Eligibility Best Practices

On the surface, 401k plan eligibility seems simple enough.  However, there are several rules and factors that trip many plan sponsors up in this area.  One of the most common compliance failures can be on the first day an employee becomes eligible for the plan, and...

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Hardship Withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) Plans

On February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released its Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Distributions from Section 401(k) Plans. And on March 7, 2017 they released a similar memorandum regarding section 403(b) plans. These two statements outlined the...

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Nevada’s New Fiduciary Standard

As discussed in a previous article, the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary rule, which went in to effect on June 9, could have its final applicability date pushed back beyond January 1, 2018 to allow firms more time to come up with more cost-efficient, long-term...

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A Look at The New Fiduciary Rule’s First Month

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule went in to effect less than a month ago, and already new concerns surrounding it are arising. The first of these is the struggle of the SEC and DOL to come to an agreement on the technical definition of a “fiduciary.” For the...

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Is PBGC Coverage Required for Your Plan?

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation was established on September 2, 1974 under President Gerald R. Ford with the signing of ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act). According to Ford, “Under this law, the men and women of our labor force will have...

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Better Solutions for Today’s Retirement

With the introduction of 401(k) plans in 1980, the responsibility for retirement contributions shifted from the employer to the employee. Unfortunately, the employee had no way of gauging what those contributions should be, or how the contributions should be invested....

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