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2021 Contribution Limits for Retirement Plans

The IRS determines how much individuals can contribute to various retirement and pension accounts. These limits are reviewed annually and updated to reflect any cost-of-living increases. Here is a quick reference for the maximum amount that can be saved into each type of account for 2021.

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401(k) Adviser Report Card

Do you have the right 401(k) provider for your small business 401(k)? Get the best retirement advice for your business: Use our Adviser Report Card tool to find out what key questions to ask your adviser, then grade and compare advisers based on seven critical services.

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Maximize Your Retirement Savings with a Flexible 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan

Small Business Owners: Maximize Your Retirement Savings Using a 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan

If you’re a business owner looking to maximize your retirement savings, a 401(k) alone may not be enough to create the nest egg you want. However, there are additional features that can be added to your company 401(k) that can increase your 401(k) contribution limits—and make it easier to reward your employees.

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3 Steps to Selecting Your Company's 401(k) Adviser

Your 401(k) adviser should be your most important retirement plan partner—they’re part of the engine that runs and maintains your plan. Here’s how to find a 401(k) adviser you can trust long-term to help you and your employees achieve your retirement goals.

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Form 5500 Filing Instructions

Find out when and how to file the Form 5500 for your small business 401(k) with these Form 5500 instructions. While some service providers will prepare, sign, and even file this annual reporting document on your behalf, you can follow this simple walkthrough to electronically file on your own.

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401(k) Plan Comparison - Three Key Areas

Understanding how your 401(k) retirement plan compares with other companies’ 401(k) plans gives you better insight into what’s working and not working in your plan. In this overview, take a look at three key areas in 401(k) plan and adviser benchmarking — from service providers, to administrative and fund fees and employee engagement.

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Benchmark Your Company 401(k) - Part 2

In part two of this educational Benchmarking Your Company’s 401(k) video series, you’ll learn strategies to find typical 401(k) fees. Additionally, the information shows how the fees you pay and service you receive differ among your service providers and 401(k) plan adviser. You’ll also see how the features of your retirement plan design might affect how your employees use the plan.

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Benchmark Your Company 401(k) - Part 3

In part three of this educational Benchmarking Your Company’s 401(k) video series, you’ll learn how to benchmark the performance, investment risk, and behavior of the investments in your 401(k) retirement plan. We’ll also discuss the types of funds in your plan, how different investment share classes can affect your total 401(k) fund fees and costs, and the importance of employee engagement.

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Why Benchmark Your Company 401(k) Plan?

See how your company 401(k) compares with other companies’ 401(k) plans by using retirement plan benchmarking. In this introduction to the educational Benchmarking Your Company’s 401(k) video series, you’ll discover why making the right decisions for your company’s 401(k) plan shouldn’t be guesswork. This video reveals ways plan and adviser benchmarking can help you improve your company’s retirement plan.

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Maximize 401(k) Participation

Your employees love the 401(k) plan because it gives them an opportunity to achieve their retirement dreams. As a business owner, that makes you feel good. Of course, you have the same opportunity. The key is to take full advantage of your plan. This short video offers 7 great tips you can begin to implement today to improve employee participation.

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401(k) Plan Evaluation Framework: Resources and Engagement

Watch this previously recorded educational webinar on managing and assessing your 401(k) plan, part 3: Resources and Engagement. You’ll get helpful tips to effectively manage your 401(k) plan, master common 401(k) terminology and learn about two ways to benchmark your 401(k) plan. Nathan Fisher developed a mnemonic device called R.E.T.I.R.E.® an employer’s go-to resource for 401(k) management.

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What Does Saving $100 per Month Look Like Over 30 Years?

It can be hard for employees to imagine what $100 per month can mean for their retirement, when $100 now is so much more tangible. That’s why visualizations of future savings amounts can help motivate employees to save more today. See what $100 per month looks like over 10, 20 and 30 years in this quick chart.

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Retirement Plan Conflict of Interest Examples & Solutions

In the 401(k) industry, conflicts of interest can come from two sources: employers managing 401(k) plans, and service providers working on behalf of those employers. Conflicts of interest can arise when an employer or service provider has an incentive to put its own interests above the needs of the employees’ retirement plan. The following case studies are an example of what different conflicts of interest can look like in the context of…

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401(k) Expenses - Understanding and Analyzing 401(k) Plan Fees

The E for Expenses essay focuses on 401(k) plans and their costs. Here we will explore the fees you are likely to see in your plan, understand who should be responsible, how best to analyze, and how often you should review. Nathan Fisher developed a mnemonic device called R.E.T.I.R.E. ® an employer's go-to resource for 401(k) plans.

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401(k) Engagement - Helping Employees Make the Most of Your 401(k)

The "E" for Engagement essay focuses on how to help your employees make the most of the company 401(k) plan. For example, you want to not only evaluate how many of your employees are participating, but also how much of their salaries they're contributing, and how diversified their investments are. Nathan Fisher developed a mnemonic device called R.E.T.I.R.E. ® an employer's go-to resource for 401(k) plans.

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401(k) Investment Solutions - Offering 401(k) Fund Options for Different Purposes

The "I" for Investment Solutions essay focuses on choosing the best investment options for your employees. Just because you want to provide your employees with a valuable retirement benefit, doesn’t mean you want to become an expert in investing. This essay offers a list of investment solutions that help each type of employee at your company; from those who want to invest on their own, to those who want a lot of help. Nathan Fisher developed a…

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401(k) and Payroll Integration

Payroll integration can make your 401(k) plan much easier to manage. There are several types of payroll integration that can be leveraged. This infographic shares two ways; 180 degree and 360 degree payroll and 401(k) integration.

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3(21) v. 3(38) Q&A's

Managing your company’s 401(k) comes with personal risks and responsibilities, called fiduciary responsibilities. In this Q&A, you’ll learn what a fiduciary is and what your liability might be, and the types of advisers you can delegate some of your risk and responsibility to. (Specifically, a 3(38) Investment Manager and a 3(21) Investment Adviser.)

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401(k) Employee Participation: Why It Matters

A 401(k) plan can be one of the most compelling benefits for attracting and retaining valued staff—but only if your employees take advantage of it. This article looks at why it’s so important that your service provider focuses on helping encourage employee participation in the retirement plan, and some tactics you can use to increase employee engagement.

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401(k) Responsibilities – Making Sure Your Employees Come First

The "R" for Responsibilities essay focuses on your responsibility in making decisions on behalf of plan participants and their beneficiaries (current and past employees, and their families). To that end, it's critical that you seek out any potential conflicts of interest in your plan and work to remove them. Nathan Fisher developed a mnemonic device called R.E.T.I.R.E. ® an employer’s go-to resource for 401(k) management.

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401(k) Resources – Finding the Right Tools for 401(k) Success

The "R" for Resources essay focuses on resources that can help you, as the 401(k) plan manager, more effectively manage your plan and provide access to resources that will help your employees get and stay on track towards retirement. The resources and support a 401(k) service provider has to offer both you and your employees can mean the difference between success and falling short of their 401(k) goals. This essay offers a list of resources…

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Understanding Fiduciaries and their Responsibilities

Get answers to commonly asked questions about 401(k) fiduciaries; what is a fiduciary, who is a fiduciary and more. This is a quick two-page guide to familiarize yourself with fiduciary responsibility related to running a 401(k) plan.

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401(k) Service Provider Infographic

Understanding each 401(k) service provider’s role and responsibility is important to the success of your plan. In this overview, learn what is expected from a Plan Sponsor, Investment Adviser, TPA and Recordkeeper.

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Employee Survey Card

Make a difference to your company 401(k) plan. Ask your employees these four simple questions about their plan, and then tally the results. If the majority of employees answered “no” or “unsure” then it may be time to take a closer look at the level of service you’re getting from your 401(k) provider. 

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401(k) Plan Evaluation Framework: Tracking & Investment Solutions

Assess your 401(k) fund lineup to make sure it has options that work for each of your employees, and discover how to help your employees figure out if they are on track to achieve their retirement goals. Nathan Fisher developed a mnemonic device called R.E.T.I.R.E. ® an employer’s go-to resource for 401(k) management.

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401(k) Plan Evaluation Framework: Responsibility and Expenses

Learn about meeting your financial and legal requirements, how to maximize plan benefits while reducing personal risk, and the six steps to analyzing, assessing, and monitoring plan fees. Nathan Fisher developed a mnemonic device called R.E.T.I.R.E. ® an employer’s go-to resource for 401(k) management.

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Understanding Retirement Plan Fees and Expenses

As an employer offering a retirement plan, you are helping your employees achieve a secure financial future. Your decision making will include selecting plan investments, investment options and service providers. When you make these choices, cost will be a key component. This whitepaper by the DOL will help you better understand and evaluate your plan’s fees and expenses. Understanding Retirement Plan Fees and Expenses is a document of the U.S.…

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Understanding the different types of 401(k) services

When you manage a 401(k) plan, you end up working with different types of service providers. Commonly, there are advisers, recordkeepers, and third party administrators, but what do they do and how are they different? Watch this video to learn more about the different types of partners you can work with.

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401(k) Fee Transparency

Clear up your 401(k) fees and uncover what you and your employees are paying for your 401(k) plan. Unfortunately, complex fee structures make that easier said than done. This paper explains why it’s crucial to take the time to review and understand your company’s fees, what the three main “fee buckets” are, who actually pays these costs, and how the types of funds you have in your 401(k) plan can affect your fees.

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401(k) Plans for Small Business

401(k) plans can be a powerful tool in promoting financial security in retirement. This guide highlights some 401(k) plan advantages, your options and responsibilities as an employer, and the differences between different 401(k) plan options. 401(k) Plans for Small Businesses is a joint project of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL/EBSA) and the Internal Revenue Service.

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401(k) Fees Overview

Understanding your 401(k) plan fees is important when determining if they are necessary and reasonable. Plans may charge just one fee, or any combination of fees depending on your service providers. This outline addresses the three main types of fees common to 401(k) plans and how to look for hidden fees.

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401(k) Compliance Calendar

There are important dates each year that 401(k) plan managers can prepare for in advance. These key dates vary in how much action is needed—some may be as simple as signing and filing a form while some are deadlines by which your business is required to fund contributions made to your employees, undergo compliance testing, and distribute notices to your employees. Check out this year’s 401(k) compliance calendar.

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5 Tips for Increasing Employee 401(k) Enrollment

Learn how to maximize employee enrollment in your company 401(k) by following five simple but effective tips. These methods work—enrollment data shows that clients typically experience an increase in both participation and deferral rates by instituting these recommended practices.

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IQ Quiz Report

Check out this report to see how the national results compared to yours, gain insights into common misunderstandings, and find out what you can do about it for your company’s 401(k) plan. 

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401(k) Loans FAQs for Employers

What is a 401(k) loan? How are they paid back? What are the downsides to this kind of loan or the repercussions for missing payments? This information sheet answers these questions and provides general information about the details and mechanics of 401(k) loans.

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Common 401(k) Plan Administrative Mistakes

This quick reference offers some of the most common mistakes than can happen when administering a 401(k) plan and what can be done to fix them. Plus, you’ll learn the top 5 ways to avoid administrative issues all-together. 

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Create a Compelling Profit Sharing Plan

This guide reviews five types of Profit Sharing Plans: Profit Share Plans, Profit Share with 401(k) Plans, Profit Share with 401(k) & Discretionary Match, Profit Share with 401(k) & Safe Harbor Match, and Profit Share with 401(k) & Safe Harbor Non-Elective Match. Along with pros and cons, there is a Profit Sharing Plan comparison chart that illustrates each plan’s characteristics and how they apply.

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Meeting your Fiduciary Responsibilities

Managing a company 401(k) plan comes with a lot of responsibility, called fiduciary responsibility. Here, you can find a guide explaining the law around that responsibility, what you’re liable for, what you need to do and some tips for a 401(k) plan fiduciary. Meeting your Fiduciary Responsibility is a document of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL/EBSA).

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The Complete 401(k) Audit Guide for Employers

As an employer who offers a 401(k), you want to maintain a fiduciary audit file in the case of an audit by the IRS or Department of Labor (DOL), and for an annual audit if you have more than 100 employees. But what should be in your 401(k) fiduciary audit file? And how often do you update the 401(k) audit file? Read the guide. 

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Fiduciary Checklist

Can you check all these boxes as a 401(k) plan fiduciary? This is a great way to make sure you’ve taken all the steps needed to responsibly administer your company 401(k) plan. This checklist is a fiduciary best practice guide for all 401(k) plan managers.

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401(k) Glossary of Terms (Extended)

Want a deeper dive into many of the 401(k) terms and their definitions to better help you understand the sometimes confusing world of 401(k) plans? Here is an extended list of common 401(k) terms and their definitions to help 401(k) plan managers understand the more technical terminology used in the 401(k) industry. 

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Hardship Distribution Guidelines

Your employees may ask for a hardship distribution from their 401(k). This sheet shares the 6 scenarios when a hardship distribution is possible according to the IRS. 

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Payroll Contribution and Employee Information Checklist for 401(k)s

There are five methods for managing employee payroll information for a 401(k). Download this payroll checklist outlining the ways to transmit employee data and payroll, for each of the five payroll processing methods. Accurate and up to date 401(k) payroll data for employee contributions is essential regardless of your process so that your service providers can track eligibility, facilitate transactions, and prepare annual administration.

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The 401(k) Plan Manager’s Guide to Behavioral Finance and Investment Evaluation

When it comes to mutual fund evaluation, there are five common biases that make it difficult for employers and advisers alike to get a complete picture of each option and appropriately compare the funds to others. It also reviews how employers can avoid them when evaluating investment options for their company’s 401(k) plan.  Learn about how you can anticipate and overcome these biases to make good decisions for your plan and your employees.

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401(k) IQ in the Workplace Quiz

Take our 401(k) IQ in the Workplace 9-Question Quiz and test your 401(k) knowledge against 1,000 others who participate in their 401(k) plan. Take the quiz and get your score.

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Retirement Calculator

This retirement calculator is meant to provide you a snapshot of what your retirement savings might look like if you follow your current path. Use the different levers to see how tweaks to your savings strategies will impact your retirement readiness. Input your salary, the age you plan to retire, and more to visualize what your finances might look like once you retire.

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401(k) Plan Review Tool

Reviewing your company retirement plan every 1-2 years is an important part of making sure it’s working for your employees and your business. If it’s been a while since you have taken a close look at your retirement plan, now might be the time.

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Know your options when selecting a 401(k) adviser for your business

There are several different types of advisers you can work with to help you with managing of your company’s 401(k) plan. It all depends on what level of service you want as well as what type of risk protection you’d like to get. Check out this quick infographic to see the range of services offered by different types of 401(k) plan advisers.

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