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The De-Conversion Process is an eye opener

More than 20 years ago, I was the Executive Editor of my law school’s news magazine. In one of my ...

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The Problem with 3(16)

Over the last few years, we’ve seen the proliferation of companies offering ERISA §3(16) services...

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Details those hardship requests

When I draw up a new 401(k) plan for a client, I tend to be liberal in distribution provisions by al...

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Don’t panic if a provider you knows gets sued, but….

  As a plan sponsor, you’re always going to run into another plan provider that is interested...

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Don’t let the best employees be low in the pecking order

I’m a big fan of Survivor since day one. One of the more memorable seasons in the beginning was th...

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Is that 401(k) lawsuit streak going to end?

The landscape for the retirement plan business has radically changed since when I first started in 1...

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They went into business for themselves

So often when dealing with retirement plan providers, a plan sponsor may discover that one of their ...

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Don’t pick the Bud Light of TPAs

The best selling beer in the United States is Bud Light. Does that make it the best? If given the ch...

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Anyone can be a TPA and that’s a problem

With apologies to Tod Higgins (played by Keanu Reeves) in “Parenthood”, you need a license to pr...

Master Sgt. David Dines changes out the film aboard an OC-135B Open Skies observation aircraft during pre-flight checks Jan 16, 2010 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The OC-135B is used to conduct observation flights in support of the Open Skies Treaty. The OC-135B is with the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Perry Aston)

Most TPAs are in the administration business, some are not

I have a friend who is an insurance agent and she was looking for a new TPA (third party administra...