By Paul McCoy, CIMA®, AIF®
If you're considering offering an employer-sponsored retirement plan, a 401(k) is a popular option for small businesses and large corporations alike. In 2020 there were about 600,000 401(k) retirement plans with over 60 million active participants.1 Offering a retirement plan can be an effective tool in attracting talent and keeping employee satisfaction high. If you’re considering offering a retirement plan like a 401(k), you may want some professional guidance from a financial advisor. Here’s what you need to know about the role a financial advisor plays when it comes to building and maintaining a 401(k) plan.
An Advisor Can Help...
Identify & Align Your Business’s Goals and Needs
Each business is different, and it's likely that you and your employees may have unique goals and needs. So how do you choose a 401(k) plan that aligns with those goals and needs? An experienced advisor can go over what you want to achieve and help you choose the right plan.
Compare 401(k) Providers for Cost and Value
Overwhelmed by the various options when it comes to 401(k) providers? A financial advisor can provide a breakdown of costs and discuss the value of various providers to help you find a good fit.
Stay Up-to-Date on Legislative Changes
As government policy changes, retirement plan rules can be affected. While you’re busy running your business, your financial advisor will let you know when changes are made to retirement plan rules that could affect your plan or responsibilities as a sponsor.
Educate Participants & Encourage Participation
It’s not just about creating the 401(k) plan, you want your employees to participate as well. By holding information sessions for your employees, an advisor can answer their questions, encourage participation and review the benefits.
Evaluate and Monitor Investments
A financial advisor can guide you when it comes to making informed decisions about your business, your retirement plan, and its investments. He or she will have a monitoring process with periodic check-ins to help keep you up-to-date.
Offer Administrative Support
The administrative duties involved with maintaining an employer-sponsored retirement plan can be daunting for small business owners. If you find yourself with limited time and resources to put towards these administrative duties, an advisor can help.
An advisor can guide you, support your needs as a plan sponsor and help align your plan with your business’s needs. If you feel that you need help in any of the areas mentioned above, you may benefit from the additional expertise a financial advisor provides.
A 401(k) plan offers benefits that will help you not only attract but keep good employees at your company. Hiring a financial advisor to help establish and maintain a retirement plan can put you at ease and confirm that you’re checking all the boxes.
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