Is Your Plan Getting the Support it Needs During this Pandemic?

A Plan Sponsor Guide

Retirement plan sponsors are dealing with tremendous complexity, confusion and uncertainty. COVID-19 has changed every facet of society as we know it — including how you manage your 401(k) plan.

If you’re having difficulty wrapping your head around all of the changes and to-dos, you’re not alone.

Among other challenges, many retirement plan sponsors are struggling to adopt provisions introduced in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion relief bill designed to help stabilize the economy and soothe financial hardships for millions of Americans in the wake of the pandemic-fueled downturn.

In fact, nearly half of plan sponsors say they are still deciding which CARES Act provisions to implement.[1] In addition, many employers are dealing with dwindling cash flows, leaving them with the onerous choice of cutting or suspending retirement plan matching contributions.

You shouldn’t have to face these unprecedented times alone. Now more than ever, you need the expert guidance of an experienced, dedicated retirement plan advisor who can help you navigate this “new normal.” If you don’t already have an advisor, it may be the time to consider partnering with one. And if your plan has an advisor, are they doing all they can to help you manage the health of your retirement plan?

Your responses to the questions below can help you determine if now is the right time to hire a retirement plan advisor or contemplate replacing your existing one:

Your Duties

  • Are you confident that you understand current legislative changes and how to implement them in your retirement plan?
  • Are you confident in your ability to fulfill your fiduciary duties:
    • Acting in alignment with your retirement plan’s policies and documents
    • Keeping your retirement plan’s expenses to a reasonable level
    • Making sure you’re offering a diversified menu of investment options
    • Serving your participants’ best interests
    • Doing all of this with “care, skill, diligence and prudence”

Retirement Plan Advisor Duties

  • Can you count on your retirement plan advisor to help you meet your fiduciary responsibilities?
  • Have you seen or heard from your retirement plan advisor since the markets turned south?
  • Does your retirement plan advisor stand by you and your participants when they are needed the most?
  • Do you feel that your retirement plan advisor listens to your concerns, and are you satisfied with the response?
  • Would you change anything about your relationship with your current retirement plan advisor (if applicable)?
  • If you answered yes to the question above, what would you change?

If you answered NO to 4+ questions, it may be time to consider partnering with a retirement plan advisor or switching to a new one.

In these challenging times, it’s important to have confidence, especially when it comes to making sure you’re serving the needs of your plan and participants to the best of your ability. Partnering with a dedicated financial professional who has the expertise to help you manage your plan successfully, especially now, can help you work towards achieving that goal. With attentive and consultative advisors, you can rest assured knowing that you have experts in your corner who will be there for you every step of the way throughout this crisis and beyond. Contact us, we will help you and your participants get through this, together.

[1] Plan Sponsor Council of America. CARES Act Snapshot Survey. April 2020

Insight By
Mike Iley
Vice President & Managing Director
Retirement Plan Consulting
File Number

3108856.1

Topic
Retirement Plans
Published on

June 5, 2020

updated on

June 5, 2020

Disclosure

This information was developed as a general guide to educate plan sponsors and is not intended as authoritative guidance or tax/legal advice. Each plan has unique requirements, and you should consult your attorney or tax advisor for guidance on your specific situation.

Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a registered Broker/Dealer and Investment Advisor, member FINRA/SIPC. LoVasco Consulting Group is independently owned and operated.

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