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Alex Assaley Named a 2022 PLANADVISER Top Retirement Plan Adviser

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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AFS 401(k) Retirement Services is thrilled to publicize that our lead adviser, Alex Assaley was named a top retirement plan advisor by PLANADVISOR.

Since 2013, this designation has been awarded to the top 100 retirement plan advisers and teams based on quantitative measures such as the most plans and assets under advisement. This year, PLANADVISER made a significant change, limiting how large a team could be for consideration—eliminating national-type firms that traditionally had met the eligibility for a “Mega Team”.

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Does My Organization Have the Best Financial Wellness Program?

Many organizations who aren’t acquainted with financial wellness programs have a tough time understanding how it can benefit their employees, and that’s ok. We all begin at different stages. However, if you’re reading this article, then hopefully you’ve already seen the positive effects a program can do on your employees. So, we then ask you, when was the last time you evaluated your financial wellness program provider or advisor? Here is a mini-guide with questions to ask to ensure you are in good hands with your financial wellness benefit offerings.

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How Can I Evaluate a Financial Advisor?

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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As retirement plan advisors, we’re often asked about how to evaluate a financial advisor so here are five questions from our team to ask yourself and ensure your current advisor is adequate for your financial life. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to check in on your financial life to ensure you are on target with your financial goals and initiatives. A respectable advisor will have you feeling confident in how your financial life is progressing, and assessing your financial life goes together with evaluating your advisor.

 

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Are Incentive-Based Programs Worth it?

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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Companies and organizations across America are constantly struggling with two major workplace challenges: attracting top talent, and then, retaining that talent. This is especially true as we go through the Great Resignation when 4.2 million Americans quit their jobs back in October. When an employee thinks about your benefits program, are they content, confused, disappointed, or simply unaware?

Regardless of industry or service, every HR department and Corporate Executive wants to keep their best current and future employees satisfied. In order to push employees to their fullest potentials, leaders in an organization should demonstrate they are making positive strides to better their employees’ lives, both inside and outside the workplace.

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Are Password Managers the Key to Online Security?

Passwords can be just as annoying as they are necessary, and most of us are probably all too familiar with the never-ending "forgot password, reset password, forget new password, repeat process" saga. Leveraging a password manager will not only keep your information secure, but also make it easier to keep track of the sheer number of passwords you need these days. With these benefits in mind, everyone should consider using a password manager to keep his or her online information protected and secure.

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The SECURE Act 2.0: What Does It Mean for Your Company’s Retirement Plan?

Alp Atabek, AIF®

Alp Atabek, AIF®

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AdobeStock_241000974-1Early last year, Congress passed significant changes to retirement savings law that affected many in 2020 and will continue to affect many of us now in and in the future. This new law, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, was part of the massive government spending bill that was approved by Congress on December 19, 2019, and signed into law on December 20, 2019. This bill extensively reshaped the realm of employer-sponsored retirement plans for both employers and employees and enacted the biggest changes to the U.S. retirement system since 2006.

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IRS Updates 2021 Pension Plan Limits

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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Effective January 1, 2021 the IRS announced the 2021 Pension Plan Limitations. These changes will take effect in the upcoming tax year for retirement plans. 

Check out our infographic that details all the changes you'll want to be aware of in the upcoming year when it comes to your role managing an employer-sponsored retirement plan. 

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The SECURE Act: What Does It Mean for Your Company’s Retirement Plan?

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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Before dispersing for its winter break, Congress passed significant changes to retirement savings law that will affect many of us now and all of us in the future. This new law, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, is part of the massive government spending bill that was approved by Congress on December 19 and signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. This bill extensively reshapes the realm of employer-sponsored retirement plans for both employers and employees and enacts the biggest changes to the U.S. retirement system since 2006.

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VIDEO: What Does ESG Investing Mean?

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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Have you heard of, or considered, socially responsible – or, what the industry now calls ESG, investments? These investmentvehicles have been gaining a lot of tractin this year for focus on sustainable, socially conscious, "green" and/or ethical screens for the companies they own in their portfolio (i.e. mutual fund or ETF) and also for their ability to point of potntial financial risks that can't be identifyied by typical quarterly results. They seek to consider both financial return and specific environmental, governance, and social metrics to do help investments do well by “doing good.” In this video, I sat down with Clarice Avery of Natixis Invest Managers. We talked about all the things you should know when considering an ESG investment for your investment line-up. You can learn more at Natixis’ site and ESG101.

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What’s the Future of Student Loan Benefits in the Workplace?

Finding the right employees – and keeping them – is becoming increasingly difficult for employers. Unemployment numbers are low which means employees can be more selective in their job searches. Now, more than ever, you must have the right benefits packages in place in order to win in this competitive landscape. And to attract the best and brightest young talent, you have to get creative.

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