Frequently Asked Questions about Cash Balance Plans

By:  Scott Cloud, MBA, CPC, and Kyle Brown, CEBS Cash balance plans are a type of defined benefit retirement savings plan that enables business owners to make significant tax-deductible contributions each year and to accumulate significant retirement savings on a tax-deferred basis. While SEPs and 401(k)/profit sharing plans – as defined...

Achieving Pension Freedom Through Liability-Driven Investing

The defined benefit pension plan is a popular post-retirement benefit. For the retiree receiving the pension, it’s a valuable perk. If you’re the employer obligated to issue those pension checks, not so much. The nature of a defined benefit pension plan is unpredictable. Unlike most retirement plans that balance risk and return based on market...

Transitioning from a SIMPLE IRA to a Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan

By: Scott M. Cloud, MBA, CPC There are several different types of retirement plans from which business owners can choose to enable themselves and their employees to save for retirement. For a listing of retirement plan options and a description of each, please see our article Which Type of Retirement Plan is the Best Fit for Your Business? Many...

Fall Is in the Air, and so Are Deadlines!

Form 5500 Insights New IRS Pre- Examination Compliance Program Announced Q&A Corner Upcoming Compliance Deadlines for Calendar- Year Plans Form 5500 Insights Every year, most employers file a Form 5500 for each qualified plan that they sponsor. The purpose of the Form 5500 is to provide required information to the Department of Labor (DOL),...

Personalization by Default

By: Todd Levy, AIFA, QKA   Would you feel more comfortable making the decision to retire if you knew your monthly income of $5,000 would be sustained for the rest of your life? Does this sound personal? Do you think employees and employers would feel better about their 401(k) plans if investments and retirement income projections were more...

The Current State of TPAs for Qualified Plans and What Advisors Should Consider

By: Gary L. Simon Jr., QPFC Most advisors in the Qualified Plans space have a “go-to” platform (American Funds, Fidelity, John Hancock, Empower, Principal for example). For nearly 25 years in this market, this is what I’ve seen to be the norm, and rightfully so. But the days of the bundled platform are nearly gone. These platforms mostly rely on...