The Quintes Blog

Your employees deserve every opportunity to reach their goal of an ideal retirement – and the Quintes blog is part of our goal to inform both employers and employees of the options and choices available to make confident financial decisions for the future.

When Does a Participant Loan Become a Deemed Distribution?

A recent IRS Issue Snapshot (link below) affirms that a participant loan is a legally enforceable agreement and terms of the loan agreement must comply with Internal Revenue Code (IRC Section 72(p)(2) and Treasury Regulation Section 1.72(p)-1). The terms of the loan agreement must be explicit in writing or deliverable electronically. A loan in default Read More…

Attention Participants: It’s Time for a Financial Check Up!

With the season changing and life ever pulling us forward, you may want to take into account life changes that may affect your financial goals. Account for Changes in Your Personal Life Have there been any changes this past year with your family, personal, or financial life? If life changes have occurred, you may want Read More…

Retirement Income Participant Interest Surveys: A Contrarian View

Retirement income products can serve an important purpose as a participant investment option for retirement plans. Surveys gauging participant interest in these options may be open to interpretation, especially when the survey is conducted by a retirement income vendor. A survey conducted by the well-known and respected JP Morgan gauged participant interest for a retirement Read More…

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Plan Sponsors

Participant data and financial accounts comprise some of the most sensitive and potentially vulnerable information under a company’s care. These highly valuable assets can be an attractive target for cybercriminals and therefore present considerable security risk. Breaches to this information can be devastating to plan participants and to the reputation of the organization. For plan Read More…

Self-Directed Brokerage Accounts: To Add to Your Plan or Not, That is the Question

Participants may be attracted to self-directed brokerage accounts (SDBAs) because of the seemingly infinite choice of investment options. While it’s tempting to please these often-vocal employees, much consideration should be given when contemplating an SDBA option for your qualified retirement plan. There are several fiduciary issues your committee should discuss, decide, and document. Outside Advisors Read More…

Regret Aversion: Fighting the FOMO of the Financial World

Regret aversion is a construct in behavioral finance theory that suggests investing decisions are, at least in part, driven by fear of later regretting a “wrong” choice. And this isn’t just some psychological mumbo jumbo. Functional MRI neuroimaging studies of the brain have demonstrated a biological correlate to this phenomenon in the form of increased Read More…

DOL Cybersecurity Tips

In this age of relying heavily on technology, it is vital to take the necessary cyber security precautions. You want to make sure that all sensitive information is highly protected. Per the DOL, plan sponsors should ask their service provider about the following: Security Standards Security Practices Security Policies Audit Results Security Validation Process Security Read More…

Beneficiary of Unintended Consequences

Upon becoming eligible to participate in your company’s 401(k) plan, participants are asked to select investments, contribution rate and to indicate a beneficiary designation. This is obvious and it is likely that an application would not be accepted unless this information was completed. What is often less obvious is the need to update beneficiary designation in Read More…

Three Ways to Strengthen Your Retirement Plan Committee

Retirement plan committees aren’t required by ERISA, but they can be extremely beneficial nonetheless — especially for larger plans. And if they’re constructed and operated appropriately, they can even help in the event a sponsor is sued. Depending on the size of the plan, some organizations split up committee responsibilities into investment oversight, administration, and Read More…