Matthew J. Haywood

The Top Five Questions to Ask Your Retirement Plan Advisor

An employer sponsored retirement plan provides a great benefit for every company, serving as an added perk for attracting and retaining good talent. It’s also an immense responsibility, and if not managed properly, can become a liability. That’s why it’s important to work with an advisor who has your best interest at heart and has the experience you need to…

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Matthew J. Haywood

The Top Five Things to Consider when Evaluating your 401(k) Advisor

Sponsors of 401(k) plans likely work with an advisor to help shape and make recommendations on the funds and investments they offer their plan participants. I say “likely work with” because today, there tend to be many who claim to wear the advisor hat but who may not live up to what you should be getting from a 401(k) plan…

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Matthew J. Haywood

The Top Five Things to Consider when Reviewing your 401(k) Provider

As an employer, you may have opted to offer your employees a 401(k) plan as an added benefit for recruitment and retention purposes. Yet what many companies don’t realize is that you should be regularly reviewing your plan to ensure that it continues to be the right fit. I recently wrote an article about your responsibilities as a plan sponsor,…

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Matthew J. Haywood

Five things to know and do AFTER you’ve enrolled in a 401(k)

You’ve enrolled in your company’s 401(k) program. You got the ball rolling, so now what? In a previous article we gave some pointers about right-sizing your involvement and getting help from a professional. But you still have questions. Financial planning has many layers. Let’s peel back some of those layers and address five important points. Revisit asset allocation frequently Proper…

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Matthew J. Haywood

401(k) Auto-Enrollment – Cruise Control or Active Involvement?

Whether you like it or not, an Automatic Enrollment 401(k) Plan is a good thing. Everyone knows the importance of saving and investing wisely in your future. Making people choose “not to save,” instead of “to save” gets people past the initial uncertainty and questions when entering a 401(k) plan. We no longer hear people say “Let me take this…

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Matthew J. Haywood

What Employers Need to Know about Their Company’s Retirement Plan

There once was a time when offering your employees a 401k or other company-sponsored retirement savings plan was a nice perk. Maybe your company offered one, or maybe it didn’t. Today, however, a good 401k plan can serve as a valuable tool for attracting (and retaining) talent, and provides nice benefits for your employees. That being the case, you may…

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Matthew J. Haywood

401k Auto-Enrollment: What You Need to Know

A growing number of workers in the United States are being auto-enrolled in their company’s 401k plans. The goal of auto-enrollment is to increase the likelihood that the employee will remain in the plan and save for retirement because instead of going through the process of opting in to the program, the employee would have to opt out – and…

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