May Retirement Plan Newsletter

May’s 401k retirement newsletter includes insights on fee equalization/levelization, evaluating plan fees, fiduciary hot topics, tips on rebalancing your portfolio, and more!..

5 Retirement Strategies for Small Business Owners

We work with small business owners all the time. The entrepreneurial spirit runs through them all, and their passion for their businesses is evident each time we meet.  Most spend the waking hours of their day working on their business and trying to improve their craft in order to help their customers, their employees and their business succeed…

Tuning Out the Noise

If you are feeling uneasy about your investment performance during these periods of volatile market activity, download this video, “Tuning Out the Noise” to help remind you of the importance of remaining disciplined during uncertain times…

Selecting and Monitoring Retirement Plan Service Providers

The selection and monitoring of retirement plan service providers is a fiduciary duty. This module describes the various service providers typically engaged by plan fiduciaries to assist with plan administration. It also describes suggested best practices to ensure that such service providers are independent and objective professionals…

New Tax Legislation and Individual Financial Planning Strategies

Admittedly, the US tax code is confusing enough for most of us to keep track of on a yearly basis. Late last fall you likely heard or were following proposed legislations and versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) bill. Both the House and the Senate each had their respective agenda and proposed numerous iterations and edits along the way…

3(21) and 3(38) Fiduciary Services

A retirement plan advisor can serve in either a 3(21) or 3(38) fiduciary capacity, and in some cases, both capacities. The needs and desires of the plan sponsor typically dictate the specific arrangement, which is predicated upon the subject of risk mitigation versus risk avoidance…

Tips for Administering a Prudent Retirement Plan

When it comes to designing and deploying a retirement plan for your company, it’s best to follow a proven path that offers employees prudent investment options from reputable, established and conflict-free providers…

Lessons for the Next Crisis

It will soon be the 10-year anniversary of when, in early October 2007, the S&P 500 Index hit what was its highest point before losing more than half its value over the next year and a half during the global financial crisis…

The Ins and Outs of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Regardless of what comes out of Congress with regard to the Healthcare Bill, we know that healthcare costs will continue to be significant for retirees. One of the most efficient and valuable ways to help pay for these expenses are through health savings accounts (HSAs)…

Sorting Through the Medicare Alphabet Soup

One of the topics at the forefront of retirees’ minds is healthcare. In the 1960s the government started the national social insurance program called Medicare to help retirees subsidize healthcare expenses in retirement. It is well publicized that the cost of healthcare has been rapidly outpacing inflation over the last two decades, and navigating this complex system and understanding how each part of Medicare works has become more important than ever…

Octboer 1st Safe Harbor 401k Deadline

For many small business owners establishing a Safe Harbor 401(k) plan is a win-win situation.  It provides both business owners and employees with excellent tax and retirement benefits…

Accounting Today’s Wealth Magnets: Top 150 Firms by Aum

Lutz Financial was recently named one of Accounting Today’s 2017 Wealth Magnets: Top 150 Firms by Assets Under Management (AUM). Lutz Financial ranked #11 on the “$500 Million-Plus Club” list with $696 million of AUM as of December 31st, 2016…

Outsmarting the Ivy League?

Each year, the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Common Fund Institute produce a study on the returns of college endowments.[1]  This study tracks the results of University investment portfolios by size of their endowments.  Of the schools participating in the study in 2016, more than 93 had endowment assets exceeding $1-billion.² Schools such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton and Notre Dame all have endowments over $1-billion and their returns were contributed to the study…

Is it Time to “Beary” This Bull Market?

It was Friday, March 6, 2009, and the stock market was in the midst of a six month freefall. In the last six months the Fed had stepped in and bailed out the banking system with the TARP program, Bear Stearns had been bailed out, the…

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