Trends

The 3 Most Common Retirement Questions from Employees Answered

At AFS 401(k), our advisors are constantly in contact with employees from all income levels, educational backgrounds, and industries and we see common themes when it comes to the types of questions they are asking us. Alex Assaley, our Managing Principal, spends most of his time with plan participants helping them navigate their retirement savings. “People need help with this stuff, delivered in a down-to-earth manner that can take them from point A to point B, and let them get on with their day," he says of people's common challenges when dealing with their retirement plan. While we hear a wide variety of questions and concerns from people on a daily basis, here are the three that we hear the most: 

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VIDEO: Are HSAs the Missing Piece to Your Employees' Benefits Package?

As more organizations begin to expand their employee benefits, are Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, a good fit for your employees? An HSA is a savings vehicle designed to assist with out-of-pocket medical expenses, but it can double as another way for your employees to save for retirement. Currently, only those enrolled in a high-deductible health insurance plan are eligible to take advantage of an HSA. Employees can use the funds to pay for qualified medical expenses such as premium payments, deductibles, copays, and prescriptions.

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Top Three Trends HR & Employee Benefit Executives Need to Know from 2016

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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Many workers may not appreciate the work that their Human Resources department handles, but a well-oiled HR machine may make or break the overall morale and loyalty of employees. In turn, this contributes to the overall success of an organization. Despite this, we find that Human Resource and Employee Benefit professionals are typically short on time, resources, and in some cases, support. This is all the more reason that those working in HR and Benefits need to take extra steps to keep up with new trends, services, and developments within the industry to excel within their important roles. In our 2016 Employee Benefit Trends Report, we highlight some of the significant updates that help both HR professionals and the employees they support.

Here, we've highlighted what we feel are the top three trends most important to ensuring you're creating and maintaining a valuable benefits program within your organization for 2017. 

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How Health Savings Accounts and Retirement Align

The intersection of health and wealth are steadfastly becoming a hot button issue in the employee benefits world. With the cost of healthcare on the rise and the aging of the workforce, this causes a problem for both employer and employee. Ryan Tiernan, Senior HSA Consultant with Access Point HSA and speaker at our upcoming Employee Benefits Symposium takes a look at how Health Savings Accounts may be part of the answer to this issue. 

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Cash Management for Retirement Plans: What Should Committees Be Doing?

Every CFO and their finance department is intently focused on managing the corporation or organization’s cash and bottom line. Metrics are reviewed monthly, if not more frequently, to understand the company’s revenues, liabilities, budget, capital reserves, and operating capital (cash). Additionally, concerted efforts are made to get the best return on a corporation’s cash assets – which in the large corporate market can serve as a catalyst to acquisition activity, stock buybacks, and other strategies.

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Retirement & Benefits Trends: EBN Expo & NAPA DC Fly-In Forum

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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This time of year not only brings a new season, but also plenty of opportunities for us to get the latest about employer-sponsored retirement plans, employee benefits and much more. To stay current on industry trends and hot topics, two of our advisors, Alex Assaley and Daniel Haverkos recently attended two conferences: The Employee Benefit News Forum & Expo and the National Association of Plan Advisers DC Fly-In Forum. Both of these events offered up valuable information on all aspects of retirement plans and employee benefits: wearable health technology, tax reform, corporate wellness, new proposed rules on the fiduciary definition and much more.

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