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Trend Study: MarketPulse 2020

Introducing our 2020 MarketPulse trend report, where we discuss what our clients and other employers are doing to manage risks, promote employee productivity and morale, reduce costs and improve their organizations as a whole. This year's trend study report focuses on strategies employers can use to respond to the constant changes and challenges they face today including exploring cost-saving options to combat increasing healthcare costs, offering financial wellness and benefits strategies to address employees' personal financial challenges and improve engagement and productivity, implementing strategies to effectively manage workplace injuries and reduce the overall cost of claims and responding to the risk of business disruption and ever-evolving cybersecurity threats. In addition to a discussion of each trend, you will find supporting materials at

Download the PDF: MarketPulse 2020

Fiduciary slugfest! 401(K) fees square off vs. proprietary funds — A case for why fees may come out on top, and how you can mitigate your fiduciary risk

As a fiduciary partner, our clients are seeking input on which area warrants greater risk mitigation: ensuring fee reasonableness or the use of proprietary funds in the core lineup? While it could turn into a technical tit-for-tat, to simplify things we took the most straightforward approach and ran a Google News search on "401(k) lawsuits." This may not come as a surprise, but the first 10 search results pointed to excessive plan fees.

A summary of the SECURE Act

As an early holiday present for some, Congress passed (and the President signed into law) two spending bills, one of which contained the provisions for the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”). The purpose of the SECURE Act, which has been sitting in Congress for months, is to enhance opportunities for people to increase their retirement savings and ease administration of qualified retirement savings plans for employer sponsors. This post will provide an overview of the SECURE Act’s most notable changes to retirement plans and how employers, as well as employees, will be impacted.