How is the DC plan industry continuing to innovate and reshape plans to better serve participants, especially during a pandemic? Founder and CEO Dr. Gregory Kasten told PLANSPONSOR the crisis is shining a light on plan shortfalls, but highlights one aspect that is working: automatic plan features.
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Financial Resource Center
The Unified Trust Financial Resource Center gives you access to the tools you need to organize your financial life. You will find quick-read articles, comprehensive planning guides, interactive financial tools, animated presentations and much more! The Unified Trust Financial Resource Center provides a single source of financial information for all age groups.
More DC retirement plan sponsors are encouraging retiring participants to keep their assets in the plan. Why? Justin Morgan, Managing Director - Plan Administration and Service, told PLANSPONSOR doing so can benefit participants in a number of ways including, “lower costs, for both investments and platform costs” along with the benefit of fiduciary oversight of the plan.
The current environment is creating several challenges for retirement plan advisors. Director of Client Consulting, Stephanie Lester's article in BenefitsPRO discusses some of the key best practices to implement now and tech advances to embrace that can help make you a better advisor in the long run.
We're Unified with Lexington! In this short video, Managing Director of Wealth Management, Kevin Avent, speaks with Gregory FCA about some of the ways Unified Trust is giving back to the community amid the coronavirus-induced market turmoil.
Outcome-Driven Policies, Factor Risk Minimization Insulate Retirement Plan Participants in Volatile Markets
While the first quarter of 2020 was marked with market volatility and mounting economic concerns for most investors, Unified Trust Company’s UnifiedPlan Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) outperformed its target-date fund peers and had its best relative quarter since the portfolios’ inception.
There are many obstacles we're now facing when it comes to "the new normal" of working from home. Diana Jordan, Senior Retirement Plan Consultant discusses how 401(k) plan sponsors are dealing with the transition and still getting the job done.
In the Unified Trust Library you will find a collection of white papers and articles on a variety of financial issues relevant to today's investor.
- The Real Measure of 401(k) Plan Success
- The UnifiedPlan® Dramatically Increases Retirement Success & Improves Plan Cost/Benefit Structure
- The Actuarial Solution Matrix - Unified Trust
- Using the Cost Benefit Ratio to Measure 401(k) Plan Value
- Why the UnifiedPlan® Is So Effective in Improving Outcomes
- Evaluation of UnifiedPlan®
- ERISA 403(b) Lawsuits
- Comments on the Tibble v. Edison Decision
- Fiduciary Discretion: A Plan for Improving Outcomes
- Third Party Fiduciaries: Myth and Reality
- Will the Real Fiduciary Please Stand Up
- Deconstructing the Discretionary Fiduciary Models - Unified Trust
- Unified Trust is Certified for Fiduciary Excellence
- The Benefit Policy Statement: Designing the Defined Goal
- The Full Fiduciary Standard of Care - Unified Trust
- The Retirement Income Purchase - Unified Trust
- Employee Enrollment Meetings Must Progress - Unified Trust
- Fiduciary Must Be More Effective in Converting the Accumulated 401(k) Into a Reliable Lifetime Income Stream
- Defined Contribution Plans - Unified Trust
I was recently reading Skin In The Game by Nassim Taleb and was captivated by a chapter in the book titled, “The Merchandising of Virtue.” In that chapter, Taleb discusses the importance of virtue, or colloquially, what you do when no one is looking. To be, rather than to seem. This maxim is particularly relevant to the retirement plan services industry and fiduciary duty.
In the world of investing, four of the most dangerous words you can ever say are, “This time is different.” Throughout history, experts have warned “this time is different” when facing various crises that in their opinion render historical precedent, flawed at best and irrelevant at worst. The amount of history being witnessed right now does lead one to ask the age-old question: is this time different?
Events like we have seen in early 2020 leave many investors wondering: Is volatility management part of my plan for retirement? And if not, what do I need to do to make that happen?
Recently on CNBC, financial experts took turns predicting the stock market and discussing how it is way over-priced due to the very bleak economic circumstances. During that same time frame, another half-dozen suggested the worst was over. How can experts be so far off?
You do not need to inherit a long-lost relative’s estate or even win the lottery to set yourself up for success, you just need to follow practical financial fundamentals and stick to it for the long-term. So today, let us celebrate “National Be a Millionaire Day” by looking at real-life millionaire money hacks.
Since the start of the pandemic that’s rocked the world, rattled the stock markets and significantly altered the way we live and work, what we’ve come to realize is that investing in community isn’t about money. It’s about seeing a need, realizing you are in a unique position to meet that need and then doing it, taking action!
In honor of the greatest movie franchise of all time, my favorite movie ever, some of the best characters to grace the silver screen, the best quotable lines, the first love of my life (Princess Leia) and of course today’s date, I give you this blog post…
The last 45 days feels like we’ve been punched in the mouth. We all had plans, we all had strategies to grow our practice, grow our clients, grow our savings and SMACK, a right hook to the jaw that changes everything. What do we do now? There are so many unanswered questions.
The term relájate (pronounced: rreh-lah-ha-tay) is a Spanish command which, calmly, implores you to relax. It’s a word I came to know while living in the laidback Yucatan peninsula of Mexico over a decade ago. When you say it, you feel its meaning. This is a feeling participants in Unified Trust’s UnifiedPlan® Managed Account Solution, can embrace.
Amid so much uncertainty, we should all follow the basic recommendations for relieving stress and practicing self-care. Here are some tips and recommendations for exercising control and managing risk that will ultimately provide for successful financial outcomes.
The global pandemic has created a very interesting, sometimes surreal, collection of experiences for many of us. We watch the investment markets flying in all directions with incredible volatility. It really is that ‘interesting time’ that we’ve all heard we would be living through.
Grab your popcorn, movie awards season is upon us! From year to year, the winning genre varies depending on trends, current events and even the whim of the audience. Not unlike the movie awards, investment categories also prove to be hard to predict which one will be the big winner for the year.
You’re likely familiar with the idea of (or have personal experience with) a personal financial advisor. However, you may be asking what exactly a nonprofit financial advisor is and what do they do? You’re not alone.
October is Financial Planning Month! Questions about charitable giving are asked quite often, especially around this time of year, and can easily be addressed in a personal financial plan.
If you are over 70 ½ and have a traditional IRA or a qualified plan account like a 401(k), the tax rules require you to take withdrawals from your account annually. In most cases you pay income taxes on the RMD amount. But what you do with the distribution – the money itself – is your choice. Here are a few thoughts on what to do with your RMD.
While there are many fiduciary roles, the key concept to grasp is the difference between a discretionary trustee and a directed trustee. If you can understand this distinction, you should be able to help turn fiduciary confusion into fiduciary clarity. There are five things you need to know....
As a fiduciary, we at Unified Trust Company take pride in our goal-based planning approach. This is the game plan that helps clients achieve their goals by managing the downside risk and staying the course.
A recent survey asked foundations and endowments about how much risk they're willing to take to get their target return. Can you guess what the results found?
If you think about your current expenses, most of them are monthly. You receive a monthly mortgage/rent bill, a monthly phone bill, a monthly car bill and so on. You likely budget other variable expenses like gas, groceries and spending money by the month. So why is it when it comes to retirement, everything is a lump sum?
Like a complex recipe, planning for retirement can have a lot of ingredients with a lot of instructions. To enjoy a successful retirement, you need all the ingredients, in the right amounts and in the correct order.