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Target-Date Funds: A Simpler Investment Choice

Target-Date Funds (TDFs) have become the Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) of choice for most 401(k) plans. Read more about the positive impact that TDFs have had for participants, plan sponsors and DC plans in general…

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Designing Employer Contributions to Encourage Greater Participant Savings

While matching contributions provide added incentive for employees to participate in a defined contribution (DC) plan, tailoring employer contributions can help maximize participant contribution rates. For instance, plan sponsors may want to reduce the matching percentage and increase the cap to see if the savings rate would increase without negatively impacting the participation rate.

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How to Help Increase Your Participants’ Retirement Savings: Auto Escalation

Numerous studies have found that in order to accrue adequate money to achieve a secure retirement, the average plan participant needs to contribute between 10–15% of their annual salary. Considering that default contribution rates for plans utilizing automatic enrollment are generally in the 3% to 6% range, it is a marked gap, and one that plan sponsors can help remedy.

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Validity of “Swap and Drop” Transactions Confirmed by BOE

The California Board of Equalization has held that a “Swap and Drop” transaction has qualified for tax-deferred treatment under Section 1031. This decision counters the Franchise Tax Board’s longstanding view that such transactions preclude taxpayers from the requisite holding of the replacement property for use in a trade or business. While not precedential, the ruling should provide some comfort to real estate investors engaging in these types of transactions.

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Increase Participation Rates in Your Plan: Auto Enrollment

Automatic enrollment features have proven to be an effective means of increasing plan participation. In addition to helping to improve participant outcomes, the increased participation can help plans comply with the non-discrimination requirements.

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