Retirement plans come in all shapes and sizes: DC Plans, DB Plans, Non-Qual, 401(k), 403(b), 401(a), 457, SEP IRA, Simple IRA, Roth IRA, Cash Balance, HSA… and any other number letter combinations that you can think of.
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As is customary with the proposal of any new regulatory rule or provision, the Department of Labor has opened the floor to comments regarding its proposed rule change to extend fiduciary responsibilities to all advisors who work with qualified retirement plans.
After a rather tumultuous decade in which the overall performance of 401k plans is best described as anemic, we may be entering a period of redemption that could have 401k plan sponsors and participants smiling again.
Most company 401k plans offer individual account plans in which participants direct their own investments, so should be taking advantage of Section 404(c) of ERISA. This is the provision that frees you and your company of certain fiduciary liabilities for the investments they offer.
For business owners, there’s no shortage of retirement plan options, each with the capacity to accept larger contributions than individual or employee plans with commensurate tax advantages. Until recently, the default options for many business owners had been the Simplified Employee Pension (SEP IRA) or the Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE IRA) chosen in large part for their low cost and simplicity. However, for business owners in the right situation, the 401k plan is quickly becoming the plan of choice for its even greater capacity and flexibility.
Generally, anytime an employee or contractor is hired to a position that handles any aspect of a company’s finances – from cashiers to CFOs – are required to be bonded by their employer. In such cases bonds are purchased as protection against fraud, theft, or other instances of dishonesty that result in financial loss to the company.