Considering opening a 401(k) plan for your business, but concerned about the process or qualifications? Fear not. We’re debunking some of the top myths surrounding small business 401(k) plans and why you shouldn’t let these myths stand in the way of you or your employees’ retirement planning goals.
“The fact that the average millionaire didn’t go to an elite school is great news for many Americans who can’t afford an expensive education. The state university or community college can provide a solid foundation for the future. You don’t need a prestigious diploma to win with money.” – Chris Hogan
…and it’s preposterous!
Plans with fewer assets are charged more for managing/administering a 401(k) than plans with more assets, according to data from the 401k Averages Book 19th Edition. And, that is not the only driver for cost disparity. Even plans with similar account balances may be charged differently.
Did you know that almost 40% of 401(k) participants believe they don’t pay fees; about 20% didn’t even know there were fees associated with their 401(k); and, about 15% don’t understand how fees are calculated. Yet, nearly every 401(k) provider charges fees. So, how do you determine what fees you are paying, and how much those fees cost you in retirement?
Nondiscriminatory testing is often performed on behalf of plan sponsors by the record-keeper or a third-party administrator (TPA). However, it is vital that plan sponsors understand the basics of the testing. For example, what types of contributions are tested, how the test is conducted and what happens when a plan fails.
Most surveys that poll 401(k) participants have “no idea” if their investments are “good, bad, or ugly.” And, when you are planning for retirement, you want to know that the funds you are investing are generating wealth and not just sucking money out of your account due to hidden or overpriced fees.