PlanFacts

Qualified Plan Cross-Selling and Its Impact on Fiduciaries
 

It is no secret that retirement benefit plan cost structures have been under intense scrutiny in recent years. Across the board, plan fees have seen a marked decrease which is positive for plan participants and their retirement savings. With these fee compressions, retirement industry service providers with multiple financial services business units have been searching for alternate revenue streams to fill the void. Plan fiduciaries need to evaluate and understand what is being done with plan participant data, as well as the solicitation practices associated with these non-plan products and services.
 

How to Find, Fix and Avoid Plan Loan Mistakes

Plan loans are a popular feature of 401(k) and other retirement plans. Workers may be more likely to save for retirement in an employer sponsored plan if they know they can access their savings during their working years. And if they do need to do so, a plan loan enables them to restore their savings, with interest, back to their retirement plan account.

How Incentive Plans Can Drive Positive Results

An annual cash incentive plan can be a great motivator to drive organizational results. And it all begins with a good plan design.

Factors to Consider Before Executing a 1035 Exchange of BOLI Policies

Over the past two decades, Bank Owned Life Insurance (BOLI) has shown to be a great asset for banks, but occasionally a policy group may need to be replaced with a new product.  A replacement is typically executed via tax-free exchange under Internal Revenue Code Section 1035 (“1035 Exchange”). A 1035 Exchange should not be taken lightly, and there are many factors to consider before executing an exchange.

Hardship Distribution Rules Are Changing

Workers who save for retirement in their employer’s 401(k) plan generally don’t have access to their savings until they change jobs or retire – unless they suffer a financial hardship.

Deep Dive into Executive Compensation: A Case Study

Newport Group helped a large conglomerate see the “big picture” of its executive compensation structure and provided a vision for long term improvements. 

Student Loan Obligations Foster New 401(k) Innovation

Abbott Laboratories secured a Private Letter Ruling (PLR) from the IRS, allowing them to make an employer contribution to their 401(k) plan on behalf of employees who are making student loan payments.

Potential Benefits of Consolidating BOLI Administration with Newport Group

Bank-owned life insurance (BOLI) has been widely accepted by banks of all sizes for well over two decades, and the number of BOLI policies on bank balance sheets has increased steadily during that time. As of September 30, 2018, approximately 3,500 U.S. banks reported owning BOLI, which in aggregate totals over $190 billion of cash value.

The Importance of Fiduciary Governance Advice for
Non-Qualified Plans

Non-qualified plans are an excellent tool to help retain, attract and reward executives or highly compensated employees. These plans can provide participants additional tax-deferred benefits above the levels available in their 401(k) plan.

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Newport Group, Inc. and its affiliates provide recordkeeping, plan administration, trust and custody, consulting, fiduciary consulting, insurance and brokerage services. Fiduciary consulting services are provided through Newport Group Securities, Inc., an SEC-registered investment adviser and FINRA-registered broker-dealer, and Newport Group Consulting, LLC, an SEC-registered investment adviser. Newport Group Securities, Inc. and Newport Group Consulting, LLC are affiliates of Newport Group, Inc. All securities transactions are provided through Newport Group Securities, Inc., in its role as broker-dealer. All fiduciary consulting services are provided through the registered investment advisers. When offering variable insurance products, Newport Group Securities, Inc. acts solely in its capacity as a broker-dealer. Trust and custody services provided by Newport Trust Company, a New Hampshire state chartered trust company and wholly owned subsidiary of Newport Group, Inc.