New Design Options Yield Big Results

Feb 15, 2017

When an architectural/engineering firm wanted to increase plan participation and offer additional options to increase retirement savings, Newport Group and its advisor partner diagnosed a contemporary solution that delivered effective results.


The client had two primary goals:
  • Increase overall plan participation
  • Add options that would increase savings into the plan


Newport Group and its advisor partner began by providing the client with a customized analysis of its current plan, including an automatic contribution arrangement (ACA) to drive participation, as well as a traditional after-tax contribution option for employees wanting to save up to the IRS limit of $53,000.

Newport Group then helped amend the plan document by:
  • Creating the ACA option for all new hires and existing employees under the default rate of 3 percent
  • Adding after-tax contributions


With the enhanced plan design options, the plan’s participation rate increased from 73 percent to 86 percent. In addition, six employees immediately elected to contribute after tax, averaging $8,400 each.

Fast Facts

Client: Architectural and Engineering Firm
  • Plan Type: 401(k)
  • Plan Assets: $56 million
  • Plan Participants: 584
  • Client since 2010

How We Helped the Client

  • Increased plan participation by 13 percent.
  • Helped increase savings by providing an after-tax option
  • How We Helped Our Advisor Partner
  • Reviewed current plan design
  • Discussed most recent ADP/ACP testing
  • Completed projected ADP/ACP test to verify feasibility of adding after-tax contributions

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