Our educational webinars address recent industry developments or specific topics related to fiduciary responsibility. They offer opportunities for interaction between the audience and the presenters, who are Fi360 staff or other industry thought-leaders.

Pooled Employer Plans (PEP): Moving into the New Era of Retirement Plans

Jennifer Swets, ERPA, QPA Partner Consultant at DWC Retirement

Tim Werner, JD, AIF, APM- PRESIDENT and GENERAL COUNSEL at Bluestar Retirement

Jeff M. Atwell, Principal at TRG Fiduciary Services, LLC

June 10, 2021

The new year has brought great news for small business owners and their employees, as well as for savvy, quick acting asset management firms. As of January 1, 2021, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act came into effect, giving small businesses and their employees the opportunity to offer and participate in employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plans that are pooled with other small businesses. Unlike Multiple Employer-Pooled (MEP) plans, PEPs do not require pooled employers to be in the same industry.  Pooled Employer Plans (PEPs) are a new, unique opportunity for asset managers to potentially gather and grow assets and differentiate themselves. Although they have the potential to give small businesses several advantages over a traditional 401(k) offering, there are several key roles that need to filled and providers will be subjected to a greater fiduciary commitment. There was an heightened interest leading up to the deadline, and now that we have passed January 1st, 2021 and registered Pooled Plan Providers can begin to offer PEP’s, it is important to evaluate and learn from early trends we are seeing emerge and from across the provider perspectives.

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Enhancing Your Stable Value Product Due Diligence

Matt Curtin, Sales Director, Stable Value Markets, MetLife

David Berg, Senior Vice President and Product Specialist, PIMCO

James Roche, Senior Stable Value Sales Director, Standard Insurance Company

April 22, 2021

Even for an asset class that offers stability as its defining quality, plan fiduciaries still must demonstrate a prudent diligence process before recommending a stable value fund as part of the plan menu. That can be a challenge as relevant and consistent information has not always been readily available across product providers. In this webinar, we partner with several stable value product specialists to discuss why stable value is such an important asset class for today’s retirement plans, the characteristics of stable value products, and what a prudent due diligence process looks like for this product class.

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How Annuities Can Fit into a Fiduciary’s Planning Process

Tamiko Toland, Director, Retirement Markets, Cannex USA
Michelle Richter, Principal of Fiduciary Insurance Services
Sheryl O’Connor, Founder & CEO, WealthConductor
Philip Lubinski, CFP®, Founder & Retirement Specialist, WealthConductor

March 18, 2021

New interest in advising clients on the implementation of annuities by fiduciaries comes from changes in a combination of realms: regulatory, technological, consumer perception and product development. This trend will only continue, fueled by the impending retirement of waves of Baby Boomers. These retirees are concerned that their savings may not be enough to meet their income needs throughout retirement given increased longevity and healthcare expenses, along with the associated inflation adjustments. This is driving the dramatic growth in products and services designed to optimize and protect income, as opposed to a strict focus on accumulation. How can investment fiduciaries adapt to properly consider all available asset/product classes for their clients?

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