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Retirement Plan Pros Speak Out on CARES Act From a Fiduciary Perspective

    Retirement Plan Pros Speak Out on CARES Act From a Fiduciary Perspective

This isn’t free money. It comes at a price. Many naïve folks might be salivating at the prospect of releasing these big bucks from the prison of their retirement plan… until they read the fine print.

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How Can a 401k Plan Sponsor Continue to Contribute to a Quarantined Employee’s 401k Account?

    How Can a 401k Plan Sponsor Continue to Contribute to a Quarantined Employee’s 401k Account?

When doing what’s in the best interests of the employees takes on an entirely new meaning.

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This Is What You Need To Know About The 9 Components Of A 401k Plan’s Investment Policy Statement

    This Is What You Need To Know About The 9 Components Of A 401k Plan’s Investment Policy Statement

An IPS must be thoroughly documented and clearly written and understood by all interested parties. Here’s what to include.

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Where Can A Plan Participant Find the 401k Plan’s Investment Policy Statement?

    Where Can A Plan Participant Find the 401k Plan’s Investment Policy Statement?

Since the plan sponsor tends to rely on third party service providers (usually the recordkeeper) to maintain and operate these web-based gateways, this should be a significant factor when deciding which vendor to select.

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When Do 401k Plan Sponsors Usually Adopt an Investment Policy Statement?

    When Do 401k Plan Sponsors Usually Adopt an Investment Policy Statement?

The Investment Policy Statement is a legal plan document. It needs to be treated accordingly. This means to deliberate it with diligence before adopting it. Even when it is adopted, it must be regularly inspected and revised as needed.

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Who Is Generally Responsible For Designing, Detailing, And Approving The 401k IPS?

    Who Is Generally Responsible For Designing, Detailing, And Approving The 401k IPS?

There are many different types of plans, particularly when plan sponsors pick a 3(21) or 3(38) adviser. Which service provider arrangement a plan sponsor chooses impacts how the IPS will be constructed – and how the relevant parties contribute to that draft.

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5 Critical Elements Every 401k IPS Must Contain to Achieve Its Primary Purpose

    5 Critical Elements Every 401k IPS Must Contain to Achieve Its Primary Purpose

Including these will make 401k plans safer for plan sponsors and more successful for plan participants.

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What is the Primary Purpose of a 401k IPS?

    What is the Primary Purpose of a 401k IPS?

Unlike a generic vendor agreement, the IPS is a formal plan policy document that defines the parameters between the plan and relevant vendors. This is why it can also be a terrible trap.

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Should a Plan Sponsor Adopt a 401k Investment Policy Statement?

    Should a Plan Sponsor Adopt a 401k Investment Policy Statement?

Whether a plan sponsor decides to adopt a 401k IPS remains an open question. It’s not a question that should be treated casually. Every plan situation is different. Plan sponsors therefore must conduct a thorough due diligence to determine what’s best for their plan.

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What is a 401k Investment Policy Statement (IPS)?

    What is a 401k Investment Policy Statement (IPS)?

Although we’ve seen a broader acceptance of using an IPS, their use is by no means universal and particularly lacking among smaller employers. Perhaps there’s a realization that, if you don’t get the IPS right, you’ll only increase your liability.

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