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Busyness and retirement – how the “I’m too busy to plan” may be a way to avoid the fear of facing retirement

While the cult of busy has taken over workplaces as a way to show your importance or social capital, when it comes to retirement, “too busy” may mean more than trying to look important. It might hide worries in financial planning

Saving for Retirement by Side Hustle

The side hustle could be a go to for saving for retirement for workers with stagnant wages. But before employee’s jump on the side hustle train, there are a few drawbacks to that ride that should be considered.

Emotional Intelligence For Financial Advisors

How can financial advisors improve their skills to help make clients more comfortable in discussing financial performance? Many business coaches are encouraging advisors to focus on emotional intelligence.

Tax Laws Changing and How Clients See Funds Available for Retirement

If clients think that their taxes are increasing due to new changes in the tax laws, they may fear that they have less to contribute to retirement. So what changes impact the amounts available for retirement savings?

Borrowing from your 401(k) or IRA: What Do Plan Sponsors Need to Know About What’s Being Said to Employees

Employees may be wanting to access some of their retirement funds, rather than take loans, but may be confused by differing rules between Self Directed IRAs and 401(k)s.

Apps that can help even the lousiest saver save for retirement

The top reasons most folks give for failing to contribute to retirement savings are lack of time (to manage, analyze, or set up retirement plans) or inability to find a spare amount to set aside for savings. As the slogan goes, there’s an app for that.

How a Stop Doing list can help clients find funds for retirement

The best behavior change for saving money may be to focus on what to stop doing, instead of what to start doing.

When is encouraging good saving behavior too much?

The discussion sparked by WeWork’s vegetarianism decree about how workplaces encourage wellness and better behavior highlights something important for how employers and plan sponsors may want to think about their own activities in encouraging saving for retirement.

Beyond the death of the fiduciary rule - What rules might be on the radar for changes?

Recently, the SEC’s Chairman said that he thinks the agency’s rules need “sprucing up” and he is looking at other rules, including the private placement rules, to see what could be changed. What else might be on the table for a makeover?

Understanding your client's needs in a merger

Mergers may be sleeping giants for those involved, but how they impact benefit plans and how the surviving company will use them may feel like a decision with a deadline. This pressure may also be present for clients facing reorganization in bankruptcy. What can a financial advisor do to be ahead of the pressure points in reorganizations?

What FAs need to know about behavioral science in finance

Financial theory holds that people, as investors, will be rational thinkers, moving towards wealth maximization. Yet, often, investors, as people, make irrational choices. Behavioral finance explains why investors make bad choices and how to encourage better choices.

Better meetings and trainings: how to use new thoughts from experts to keep from boring your clients to death

However much meetings might be dreaded by clients, a meeting or education session in person may still be the best way to convey complex information about changes needed to a retirement benefits plan. How can financial advisor keep from stupefying their clients?

Rule 30e-3 May Modernize Disclosure, But What Information Do Client's Want?

New delivery options can provide employees with more information about the funds they are investing in through your 401(k) retirement plan. But before you turn on the fire hose of information, a quick review of what information helps engage employees in investing can help you increase your employees’ participation in your plan.

Robo-advising

With a few years into the robo advising world, how is it working? What do sponsors need to know about how robo advising can help their employees and what do sponsors need to know about robo advisors and educating their employees.

Volunteerism and Retirement

Studies have shown that retirees report greater senses of happiness in retirement when they volunteer. Additionally, employees also report higher amounts of job satisfaction when they can participate in work place charity events –can an employer partner with groups and encourage a volunteer pipeline for retirees?

The Rent is Too Darn High

With fixed costs like housing increasing each year, how can Plan Sponsors help employees understand inflation and cost of living increases in planning for retirement?

Failure to launch

Understanding the impact on soon-to-retire employees and the return of their adult children on availability of funds can be essential in today’s economy

Mail Over Matter

Does your database hit the mark when needing to send information to retired employees? If a fund has to be dropped, can you meet your notice requirements? How to ensure retired employees update their contact details in an information age?

Retiring overseas and impact on plan administration

With a strong trend of retirees finding warmer (and cheaper) climates to spend their limited funds increasing, what do plan administrators need to know to ensure they can communicate properly with retired expat employees?

Do they even have an account?

In 2016, Time Magazine reported that 1 in 3 Americans did not have any retirement accounts. How can employers work with this statistic to encourage more employees to save for retirement?

Elder abuse and changes in retiree accounts

Aside from the physical abuse, much of elder abuse also involves control or diminution of resources. According to the AARP, 90% of those engaging in financial elder abuse are family members or are well known to the elder such as neighbors, friends or caregivers.

Sweating the small stuff

Are minor details or tech glitches preventing your employees from enrolling in your plan? How can Plan Sponsors learn if administrative details are affecting enrollment numbers?

Why Diversity in Financial Advisors Matters to Plan Sponsors and Small Businesses

Women often end up with financial burdens of caring for both children and aging parents: the so-called sandwich generation. Having a financial advisor who understands the juggling act required to carry that burden may mean more than just understanding how much (or how little) money to set aside for retirement.

What’s Competing for Your Employee’s Funds?

Understanding what is competing for your employee’s money can help you work with them to navigate saving for retirement and encourage more employees to save for retirement.

Engaging Millennials to Invest

The millennial workforce is eager to save for retirement, but with immediate financial pressures may not be able to see their way to doing so. By giving them simple ways to save, plan sponsors can help their younger employees find their financial footing and save for a better retirement outcome.

Retirement Contributions: Boosted

For 82 percent of workers surveyed, the overwhelming consensus is they’ll have a much harder time achieving financial security than their parents’ generation did. Your plan participants want to make the most of their retirement plan contributions. Here’s how you can help.

Retirement Motivation: Turning Goodbyes Into Learning Opportunities

Many investment advisors often find that a lack of a mental image of what an employee wants retirement to include is a roadblock towards getting employees to commit to retirement savings. Using a recent retirement can do more than help employees say goodbye: it can help some employees get a sense of what they might want their own retirement to look like.

Emotional Investing: Why A Long Term View Is Crucial

Employees who respond to the market by moving or trading investments with every major market movement may be engaging in “Emotional Investing.” This kind of investing fails to prioritize the long-term goals of retirement planning. An employee’s single best tool for weathering a volatile market is time and compound interest.
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