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Participant Loans: Benefit or Detriment

For many years, plan sponsors have wrestled with the decision to offer loans to their plan participants. Some consider them to be a benefit and even promote them as a legal way to use tax free money while participating in the plan. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 87% of plan participants can take a loan against their retirement account. Of those employees with access to take a loan, about one-fifth borrow against the retirement account. Come retirement, what are the effects of loans taken from pension funds on an employee's account?

Retirement Plan Maintenance

Whether it’s your car, your air conditioning or your own health, virtually everything you depend on in life needs a periodic assessment. What’s working, what needs repair? A company’s retirement plan is no different. And the evaluation is no less complex than the one your primary care physician might use.

Rise of the Machines

Over the last 30 years, there's been an incredible array of advancements in technology that have impacted various parts of our lives. While not all of them were amazing, many of them inherently improved our quality of life and some allowed us to catapult forward into a world of instantly accessible information on a scale never witnessed. As computer science has seeped into almost every facet of life, there's been an increase in connectivity, productivity, and efficiency.

Going Digital

How much of your life happens online—75 percent? 90? With cell phones in our pockets and tablets next to our beds, we’re all leading electronic lives, with the expectation that when we want or need information, we’ll find it almost immediately. And retirement plan information is no different.

Dealing with Uncashed Distribution Checks and Missing Participants

Every plan sponsor has a fiduciary responsibility to account for all funds in a retirement plan—including uncashed distribution checks. Do you know what your responsibilities are when a check goes uncashed or a plan participant falls off the grid? Is there a point at which you are no longer liable?

401(k): A to Z

Although it's certainly true that not enough Americans are saving for retirement, it's also true that the many millions who are saving do so through an employer-sponsored defined contribution 401(k) plan. And as you may well know, 401(k) plans tend to generate a considerable amount of financial activity. The mobility of today's workforce means employees often request distributions when they move from one employer to another. Rollovers are common, too, as are hardship withdrawals.

Keeping Abreast of Plan Loan Rules

The first question on many FAQs for 401(k) plans is: How do I borrow from my plan? But just because the question is often asked, doesn’t mean the answer is simple.

DOL Issues New Fiduciary Rule

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, also known as ERISA, helps protect those saving for retirement by mandating certain fiduciary responsibilities of those working in the retirement plan industry. In April 2017, the rules governing those responsibilities will change. Will you be ready?

Managing the Inevitable

This month's newsletter is all about "Fun with Forfeitures." Can forfeitures be fun? Does alliteration - finagling forfeitures, fooling around with forfeitures, finessing forfeitures - make it more fun than it really is? Probably. But for businesses managing retirement plans, forfeitures (when a plan participant forfeits a non-vested portion of his or her account) is essentially inevitable.

Getting It Right: Your Form 5500

If your business offers a 401(k) plan—or another type of qualified retirement plan—you have been completing and submitting a 5500 form every year since the plan was initiated. And every year the IRS, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation use the information contained in the 5500 to assess your plan’s compliance and its ability to protect the employees who are contributing.


About SI GROUP

Trust. Integrity. Expertise. Those are some of the reasons SI GROUP Certified Pension Consultants is Hawaii's largest third-party administration (TPA) firm for tax-qualified retirement plans. We’ve been in this business for 30 years and we administer approximately 800 profit sharing, 401(k), money purchase, 403(b), Cash Balance and traditional defined benefit pension plans for 18,000 participants. The total value of assets in these plans exceeds $1.3 billion.

Contact Us

SI GROUP Certified Pension Consultants

1299 South Beretania Street
Suite 315
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Tel: 808.748.7700
Fax: 808.748.7799