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How Student Loan Debt Impacts Retirement Savings

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

FMI: How Student Loan Debt Impacts Retirement Savings

If your workforce includes recent college graduates, it’s likely that some of them have debt associated with their college years. Student debt may play a large part in the finances of these young (and even not-so-young) employees; that’s why a complete picture of employee financial wellness should consider it. (more…)

Managing A Financial Windfall

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

FMI: Managing A Financial Windfall

At some point in their lives, most people have thought about what they would do if they had a sudden positive change in their finances – maybe quit their job, travel the world, buy a house or pay off their mortgage. I certainly have played the game with my husband, dreaming about what we would do if we inherited or won a million dollars! Neither of these has happened and both are probably a LONGSHOT. If it does happen, boy, do I have plans for those dollars….

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January Plan Sponsor Checklist

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

January Plan Sponsor Checklist

JANUARY PLAN SPONSOR CHECKLIST:

• Send payroll and employee census data to the plan’s recordkeeper for plan-year-end compliance testing (calendar-year plans).

• Audit fourth quarter payroll and plan deposit dates to ensure compliance with the Department of Labor’s rules regarding timely deposit of participant contributions and loan repayments.

• Verify that employees who became eligible for the plan between October 1 and December 31 received and returned an enrollment form. Follow up for forms that were not returned.

Boost Your Savings Once The Kids Leave The Nest

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

FMI - Boosting Savings After the Kids Leave the Nest

For many couples, retirement planning takes on fresh importance once their children leave the nest, especially if  they have put off savings during the child-rearing years. If this is your situation, think about directing a greater share of your income toward your retirement. It may be helpful to devise a strategy several months before you face an empty nest, figuring out how far behind you are in building your nest egg. Having a written budget is critical, as is auto-depositing your contributions. That way you’re not tempted to spend your increased income once the kids are launched.

When Plan Participants Leave Your Company

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

FMI: When Plan Participants Leave Your Company

What happens when plan participants leave your company?

There is a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed December 22, 2017, that affects plan participants who terminate employment with an outstanding loan. Before passage of the law, the loan would have been due immediately.

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Accelerated Retirement Is Possible If You Follow The Right Roadmap

Friday, December 7th, 2018

FMI - Retirement Planning

Everybody imagines retiring early, but few people manage to do it. A recent Willis Towers Watson survey reported that far more working Americans are planning to retire after age 65 (46%) than before it (30%).1 Here are five steps you can take to jumpstart the process.

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2017: A Good Year For Participants

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

FMI 2017: A Good Year for Participants

Auto Features Contributing to Participation, Average Balance Increases

It was a good year for individual account plans, including 401(k)s and 457s. In fact, 2017 may go in the record books as the first year the number of plans with an average auto-enrollment deferral rate of 6% exceeded the number of plans with a default deferral rate of 3%, as it has commonly been.

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December Checklist

Friday, November 30th, 2018

FMI December financial checklist

  • Prepare to send year-end payroll and updated census data to the plan’s recordkeeper in January for year-end compliance testing (calendar-year plans).
  • Verify that participants who terminated during the second half of the year selected a distribution option for their account balance and returned the necessary
  • Review plan operations to determine if any ERISA or tax- qualification violations occurred during the year and if using an IRS or DOL self-correction program would be

Consult your plan’s financial, legal or tax advisor regarding these and other items that may apply to your plan.

Planning Finances As A Single Parent

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
FMI planning finances as a single parent

 

[Written by Carla Seely]

Organizing and planning for your family’s financial well-being can be challenging at the best of times. However, there are many challenges involved in managing and maintaining a household as a single parent. Being a single parent means you have less money to spare, and there is a pressing need to have a solid long-term financial plan because in most cases there are no alternative sources of income. (more…)