Month: April 2019

Spring Cleaning for Your Retirement Plan

Spring is in the air and now could be a great time to do a little spring cleaning for your retirement plan. Here’s a few quick things you can do help ensure your plan is in tip top shape:

Fiduciaries and Investments
1. Review your plan governance documents to make sure none of your plan fiduciaries need to be updated.
2. Make sure that your ERISA bond and fiduciary insurance is up to date and reflects the correct amounts for your plan.
3. Confirm that you have all copies of your plan investment reviews and any minutes. In addition, check to be sure any action items from the minutes are completed.

Operations and Procedures
1. Take a look at your current procedures for things like loans, QDRO’s, distributions, and enrollment to be sure they don’t need updating.
2. If you’ve had any changes in your HR or benefits staff that handles the plan, be sure that the procedures they are following match your plan document and operational procedures.
3. Make sure you have copies in your files of any notices or communications to participants along with the date and method they were distributed.
4. If you have any terminated participants with balances, make sure you are following a process to contact them and for small balances completing the force out process.

For any questions on spring cleaning for your plan or more information, please contact your SRP Managing Director.

Please Join Us for a SRP Participant Education Webinar

 

Attention all SRP Retirement Plan Participants!

REGISTER NOW for the second event in the 2019 Participant Education Webinar Series!

As advisors we’re often asked questions like:

  • “How much is enough?”
  • “Will I ever save enough?” 
  • “When is enough really enough?!”

It’s important to identify your retirement savings goals so you know what you’re aiming for. These goals can vary greatly; there’s no “one size fits all” approach. SRP invites you, our Retirement Plan Participants, to join our advisors, Shannon Maloney (Managing Director, Michigan) and Lisa Petronio (Managing Director, Upstate New York) for a 30-minute live event where we’ll explore the realities and bust the myths of retirement goal setting. We’ll share tips on how to set realistic goals and, most importantly, take steps throughout your career to pursue them. Retirement Plan

Participants: Join our webinar on Tuesday, May 7 @ 1:00 EST / 12:00 CST / 11:00 MST / 10:00 PST.

Register in advance: https://tinyurl.com/SRP2Q

Even if you cannot attend the meeting live, a recording will be made available to all registrants.

 

 

 

 

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services are offered through Global Retirement Partners, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Global Retirement Partners and Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP) are separate entities from LPL Financial.

Global Retirement Partners employs (or contracts with) individuals who may be (1) registered representatives of LPL Financial and investment adviser representatives of Global Retirement Partners; or (2) solely investment adviser representatives of Global Retirement Partners. Although all personnel operate their businesses under the name Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP), they are each possibly subject to differing obligations and limitations and may be able to provide differing products or services.

Strategic Retirement Partners Expands in Texas

Ann-Marie Sepuka and her team have joined Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP), one of the leading retirement plan aggregators in the US. For over two decades, Ann-Marie has worked with companies to help them implement retirement plan solutions that give their employees the confidence in saving for retirement.

When asked why she is making a move now, Ann-Marie states, “I am constantly looking for new ways to add value to our loyal client base. SRP’s operational support and technology solutions allow my team to focus on what I love to do, which is find fresh new approaches for my current and prospective retirement plan clients, while feeling confident that those operational tasks are in the best hands. In addition, the advisor network at SRP offers an environment where collaboration amongst like-minded peers is the norm.”

As part of joining SRP, Ann-Marie will additionally have the resources and strength of Global Retirement Partners (GRP) at her fingertips. Global Retirement Partners is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement plan consulting space, surpassing $38B in plan assets with over 120 offices and 220+ of the country’s leading financial advisors.

Ann-Marie’s career in the financial services industry spans over two decades. She was an officer at First Union Bank in Miami and later managed her own tax-consulting firm, which focused on corporate tax accounting services. Ann-Marie then hung up her CPA hat and joined Raymond James & Associates as a financial advisor serving both corporate retirement plans and individual clients. She joined The Noble Group in 2006 to serve as manager of their Corporate Retirement Plan team.

“Ann-Marie and her team make a fantastic addition to SRP,” SRP’s Managing Partner, Jeff Cullen, shared. “She brings passion, honesty, and detailed approach to this work. Ann-Marie offers measurable outcomes and solutions to companies who are holistic about their benefit plans- employers who want to look beyond a traditional plan.”

About Strategic Retirement Partners
Strategic Retirement Partners is a nationwide independent retirement plan consulting services firm dedicated to providing guidance in decision-making and problem solving to employers and sponsors of retirement plans. With offices from coast to coast, Strategic Retirement Partners currently consults on over 720 corporate and non-profit plans and $10 billion in assets as of April 1, 2019.

 

 

 

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services are offered through Global Retirement Partners, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Global Retirement Partners and Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP) are separate entities from LPL Financial.

Global Retirement Partners employs (or contracts with) individuals who may be (1) registered representatives of LPL Financial and investment adviser representatives of Global Retirement Partners; or (2) solely investment adviser representatives of Global Retirement Partners. Although all personnel operate their businesses under the name Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP), they are each possibly subject to differing obligations and limitations and may be able to provide differing products or services.

Elite Advisor Groups Unite

Global Retirement Partners, LLC (GRP) and Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP) announced on Monday, April 1st, a strategic partnership designed to leverage their respective company’s core competencies and create industry leading scale. This transaction will add 17 SRP offices with $10B AUM to GRP, LPL’s largest retirement plan focused hybrid RIA, with nearly $40B in AUM. This partnership will bring together two of the industry’s premier thought leaders and innovators. SRP will gain access to GRP’s cutting‐edge products and services, compliance expertise, and back office support. GRP advisors will have the ability to leverage SRP’s innovative Plan Advisor practice management platform and advisorcentric technology. SRP’s business model empowers advisors to focus on clients and growing their practices while the SRP team streamlines mandatory business functions.

Hailing the partnership as industry changing, GRP CEO Geoff White explains, “As margins continue to compress, and increased complexity becomes the new normal in the plan space, we know advisors are looking for much more from their RIA. They are looking for size and scale to obtain pricing efficiencies across products and technologies. They are looking for robust and differentiating solutions to identify new opportunities and revenue streams. Most importantly, they are looking for the technology and support that will allow them to streamline their office operations so they can spend more of their time winning business. This strategic partnership supplies that and much more. It’s a game changer.” White further adds “I have known Jeff Cullen for many years and have always been a big fan of him and what, under his leadership, SRP has built‐ our core values could not align better. Together, I have no doubt that we can really move the needle in this industry and take it to the next level. We’re very excited.”

SRP Managing Partner Jeff Cullen also sees this union as having a huge impact on the industry. “This is a small industry where the major players all know each other. In exploring our strategic partnership options, we were looking for a relationship where 1+1 could equal 3 for our clients, advisors, and the industry more broadly. We’ve always placed a high value on intellectual capital and values alignment and this partnership has it in abundance. Together, there’s no advisor’s practice or firm that we can’t aim to accommodate, improve upon, provide potential for better participant outcomes, and provide succession for the advisor. The experienced advisors and executive teams that make up the ownership and membership of these two entities are skilled and special. In our discussions, everything begins and ends with creating a better and more dignified retirement for America’s workers. That’s our North Star; taking care of people. We are confident that together, SRP and GRP, can fulfill that mission as well or better than any firm in our industry, and we intend to prove it.”

SRP officially registered with GRP on April 1st, 2019. Combined, the companies retain nearly $50 Billion in AUA, over 4,200 plan clients, making GRP one of the largest aggregators in the industry. But size and scale weren’t the only factors in deciding to partner, both firms were adamant that there was a cultural fit. SRP COO Deane Mayerhofer explains, “It was vital to both SRP and GRP that we were culturally compatible. It was a deal breaker for us. We spent a great deal of time together, both professionally and socially, exploring our respective cultures and evaluating how they would mesh. In the end, it was apparent to both groups that it was a perfect fit.”

 

About GRP
Global Retirement Partners is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor with 236 advisors in 125 offices nationwide. Headquartered in San Rafael, CA and known for industry thought leadership, GRP was established as Financial Telesis (FTI) in 1992 and became GRP in 2014 when FTI was acquired by a group of industry leading plan advisors. GRP maintains corporate offices in San Rafael and Carlsbad, CA.

About SRP
Strategic Retirement Partners is a nationwide independent retirement plan consulting services firm dedicated to providing guidance in decision‐making and problem solving to employers and sponsors of retirement plans. With offices from coast to coast, Strategic Retirement Partners currently consults on over 700 corporate and non‐profit plans and $10 billion in assets as of April 1, 2019.

 

 

 

Cosmo Gould, Geoff White and Jeff Cullen are registered representatives with LPL Financial. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services are offered through Global Retirement Partners, LLC, an SEC registered Investment Advisor. Global Retirement Partners, LLC and Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP) are separate entities from LPL Financial. Global Retirement Partners, LLC employs (or contracts with) individuals who may be (1) registered representatives of LPL Financial and investment advisor representatives of Global Retirement Partners, LLC, or (2) solely investment advisor representatives of Global Retirement Partners, LLC. Although all personnel operate their businesses under the name Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP), they are each possibly subject to differing obligations and limitations and may be able to provide differing products or services.