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Employers/Plan Fiduciaries must act as prudent experts under ERISA, and are therefore held to a high standard of care with respect to plan-related decisions regarding investments, service providers, plan administration, and general ERISA compliance issues. Most prudent plan sponsors hire a plan fiduciary consultant (advisor) to assist them in adhering to ERISA’s rigorous standards, and to meet their objective of offering a best practices retirement plan to their employees.
Ability to help evaluate funds and providers objectively and without conflict of interest
Familiarity with ERISA
Ability to keep the committee updated on litigation, legislation and regulations impacting plans fiduciaries
ERISA section 404(a) requires fiduciaries to act with the skill, knowledge and expertise of a prudent expert
Expertise with Plan Design
Ability to help plans maintain qualified status while continuing to meet the goals and objectives of our organization
Knowledge of the Provider Marketplace
Ability to ensure that our plan is being administered in the most efficient manner and for a reasonable price
Qualified Plan Investment Expertise
Ability to evaluate, select and monitor fund performance
Ability to demonstrate procedural prudence in a well-documented manner
Ability to educate employers and employees regarding plan highlights, and how to create an appropriate investment strategy
Acceptance of Role as an ERISA section 3(21)A Fiduciary or ERISA section 3(38) Fiduciary
Willingness to acknowledge in writing that they are a Fiduciary to your plan with respect to the investment advice being delivered
Full and Open Disclosure
Fully and openly discloses all sources of fees being received on a direct and/or indirect basis
ERISA’s rules are crystal clear: every decision you make as a fiduciary must be in the best interests of plan participants and their beneficiaries and certain relationships may result in prohibited transactions.
Horizons Financial Group is a member of Retirement Plan Advisory Group (RPAG), a national alliance of defined contribution advisors in the United States representing 400 select member firms, serving 40,000 sponsors with over $400 billion in collective assets under advisement.