Understanding Fees

As the sponsor of a retirement plan, you are helping your employees achieve a secure financial future. Sponsoring a plan, however, also means that you, or someone you appoint, will be responsible for making important decisions about the plan’s management. Your decision making will include selecting plan investments or investment options and plan service providers. Many of your decisions will require you to understand and evaluate the costs to the plan. (read more)

408(b)(2) is a new ERISA regulation that requires action by the sponsors of all retirement plans with participant directed accounts.  Each ruling has seperate and distinct requirements.  408(b)(2) regulations require investment companies to disclose service and fees to Plan Fiduciaries by July 1st, 2012.

1. 404(a)(5) requires plan administrators to give plan participants who direct their retirement accounts in 401(k)-type plans easy-to-understand information in order to comparison shop among the plan investment options available to them.

2. Due to the extension of the effective date of the final rule, plan administrators for calendar year plans now must make the initial annual disclosure of “plan-level” and “investment-level” information (including associated fees and expenses) to participants no later than Aug. 30, 2012.

Here are some new articles regarding 404(a)(5) fee disclosure. Please click “see more” to view the full articles:


Offering a retirement plan can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, decisions an employer can make.  Administering a plan and managing its assets, however, require certain actions and involve specific responsibilities.