Group Variable Annuity Contract sounds like a complex term, but the reality is much simpler and certainly not something to avoid when a business is considering a 401(k) plan provider. There are a number of misconceptions attached to this term and annuities in general. One misconception is that merely because a plan is held in […]
We have all heard how valuable it is to start planning for retirement early. When it comes to providing employee benefits, architectural firms sometimes view a retirement plan as a second-tier benefit to be added as the firm grows. Some may also have the misconception that they don’t have enough employees to start a plan or […]
Offering a 401(k) retirement plan for employees is a great benefit; however, getting employees to appreciate and take advantage of this benefit is often a challenge. A retirement plan with engaged, informed, and participating employees is a successful retirement plan. So, how does that happen?
Everyone has their own dream version of retirement. Unfortunately, figuring out how to achieve that dream is often a tough dose of reality. Each year the Employee Benefit Research Institute conducts a Retirement Confidence Survey; 2012 survey results indicated job uncertainty and debt weigh heavily on Americans’ confidence in achieving a comfortable retirement.
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the number of participants making contributions to defined contribution plans has declined from 65% in 2009 to 60% in 2010, to 59% in 2011, and 58% in 2012 as cited in the 2012 Retirement Confidence Survey. This is no surprise to many small business owners like architects, some […]
It is never too late or too early to begin planning for retirement. As an architect, you have retirement planning concerns that are unique. Many of you are small business owners, and because of your profession, the time frame for retirement may be flexible and may likely include a gradual transition.
When you’re looking for ways to make the most of your retirement savings, don’t overlook the advantages of rolling over eligible retirement plan accounts from previous employers into your current retirement plan account.
If you have a 401(k) plan, you might be tempted to borrow money from it. Keep in mind that the purpose of a 401(k) is to save for retirement. Take money out now, and you’ll risk running out of money during retirement. Still, if you’re facing a financial emergency, borrowing money from your 401(k) may […]
Working as an independent contractor can provide flexibility and benefits not available to employees. Hiring independent contractors can potentially save an employer plenty on taxes and benefits. You may be able get the same productivity for less money and fewer administrative and cost issues. However, now more than ever before, independent contractors and the employers […]
Today more than ever, the primary responsibility for saving and planning for retirement seems to have shifted to the individual, yet many have not adjusted their behavior in response to this change. As a result, a large portion of the population is unprepared for future retirement. With the 2008 stock market meltdown, declining prices in […]