Women in Retirement: 60 Percent Not Saving Enough

December 8, 2017

In November 2016, the Texas Conference for Women surveyed attendees about their retirement savings and found that almost a whopping 60 percent weren’t socking away enough. In fact, many weren’t even sure if they were going in the right direction. One person responded, “I don’t know if I’m on track, and that’s the worst part.”

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5 Strategies for Struggling Nonprofits

December 7, 2017

If your nonprofit is struggling financially, you’ve probably already taken steps to cut costs, such as wage freezes and layoffs. But to keep your organization afloat, you may need to come up with more creative ways to generate operating cash flow. Here are five: 1. Revisit your mission and programs. Perhaps there’s a particular program

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Plan-Level Rate of Return—Useful or Useless?

December 6, 2017

Many people use plan-level rates of return to determine the quality of an investment lineup. However, several variables may impact plan-level rates of return making them not as useful as a plan management tool. They may actually be counterproductive when trying to determine the quality of an investment lineup. As an extreme example, you may

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7 Last-Minute Tax-Saving Tips

December 5, 2017

The year is quickly drawing to a close, but there’s still time to take steps to reduce your 2017 tax liability — you just must act by December 31: Pay your 2017 property tax bill that’s due in early 2018. Make your January 1 mortgage payment. Incur deductible medical expenses (if your deductible medical expenses

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House and Senate Tax Bills Head To Reconciliation

December 4, 2017

Early in the morning on December 2, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a vote of 51 to 49. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the tax bill on November 16, and a conference committee of representatives from both houses of Congress is

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Target Date Funds—Does One Size Really Fit All?

December 4, 2017

If you have ever opened a brokerage account with an advisor, you know the first step is gathering information to determine the risk profile and appropriate investment allocation for the individual. In order to determine the appropriate allocation for a client, financial advisors will inquire about income level, savings rate, net worth, time horizon, spending

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Improving Automatic Enrollment

November 30, 2017

Our research shows that the vast majority of plan sponsors recognize that automatic enrollment has been effective in improving plan success and simplifying internal plan administration. Could automatic enrollment’s success be improved upon? When automatic enrollment first began gaining popularity, about 20 years ago, its typical design served a number of purposes. It improved plan

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Do You Send Participant Notices via Email? Should you?

November 28, 2017

The number of notices and disclosures required to retirement plan participants has increased while methods to access information changed drastically. Many people receive their news and information on electronic devices through apps and social media. What remains the same is the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) guidance about permissible methods to provide notices electronically. There is

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