There are a number of advisors to choose from when it comes to providing advice for your company’s retirement plan. There are advisors that manage personal money, provide other benefit services, are best friends with the owner, specialize in qualified retirement plans, or if you are lucky some combination of those attributes. Our firm specializes in qualified retirement plans and is partnered with the Retirement Plan Advisory Group (RPAG) to offer investment analytics, plan design reviews, and enhance participant outcomes. RPAG also assists us with offering services that satisfy ERISA’s strict standards. Here are some guidelines from RPAG that can help you select a retirement plan advisor.
|Attributes of a Good Advisor||Why You Should Hire One|
|Independence||Ability to help evaluate funds and providers objectively and without conflict of interest|
|Familiarity with ERISA||Ability to keep the committee updated on litigation, legislation and regulations impacting plans and fiduciaries|
|Prudent Expert||ERISA section 404(a) requires fiduciaries to act with the skill, knowledge and expertise of a prudent expert|
|Expertise with Plan Design||Ability to help plans maintain qualified status while continuing to meet the goals and objectives of our organization|
|Knowledge of the Provider Marketplace||Ability to ensure that our plan is being administered in the most efficient manner and for a reasonable price|
|Qualified Plan Investment Expertise||Ability to evaluate, select and monitor fund performance|
|Documentation Skills||Ability to demonstrate procedural prudence in a well-documented manner|
|Communication Skills||Ability to educate employees regarding plan highlights and how to create an appropriate investment strategy|
|Acceptance of Role as a Co-Fiduciary||Willingness to acknowledge in writing that they’re a co-fiduciary to our plan with respect to the investment advice being delivered|
|Full and Open Disclosure||Fully and openly discloses all sources of fees being received on a direct and/or indirect basis|
If you would like to learn more about how we fulfill these qualifications, please contact me at 205-970-9088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.