This month’s employee memo gives participants “Summer Homework” encouraging them to do routine checks on their plan details to ensure that everything is in line. Download the memo from your Fiduciary Briefcase at fiduciarybriefcase.com and distribute to your participants.
Summer can serve as a preview of your retirement — long days in the sun and spending time with your loved ones! So, what better time to do a routine check-up on your retirement plan! Protect your loved ones and ensure you are keeping up to date with your retirement plan with our summer homework assignments!
Did you experience a major life change this year, such as marriage, divorce, birth or death? It’s important to consider updating your beneficiaries when you go through a major life change.
Review Cyber Security Best Practices
Retirement plans are a major target for cyber-attacks. Retirement plan participants often have weak passwords and can unknowingly fall for phishing schemes. It’s important to educate yourself on cyber security best practices to ensure you are keeping your information and assets safe.
Raise your plan contributions once a year by an amount that’s easy to handle, on a date that’s easy to remember —for example, 2 percent every Fourth of July. Thanks to the power of compounding (the earnings on your earnings), even small, regular increases in your plan contributions can make a big difference over time.
Revisit Asset Allocation
Re-balance your portfolio back to the original asset allocation that took into account your risk tolerance and time horizon, this ensures you adhere to your investment strategy. You re-balance by selling assets that make up too much of your portfolio and use the proceeds to buy back those that now make up too little of your portfolio.
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This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, accounting, legal or tax advice. The services of an appropriate professional should be sought regarding your individual situation.
The examples given are hypothetical and for illustrative purposes only.