Category Archives: Investments

The Duties and Responsibilities of a 457(b) or 401(a) Plan Administrator

By Jeff Chang A surprisingly large number of public employees accept appointment as the plan administrator, or a member of the administrative committee, for their agency’s 457(b) or 401(a) plan. An explanation of the typical duties and responsibilities of a … Continue reading

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Tips On Selecting a Retirement Plan Adviser When You Can’t Meet Them in Person

By Jeff Chang Over the past several months, we have seen a number of public agency clients struggle through the process of evaluating and selecting a retirement plan adviser based only on generic questionnaires, a few phone calls, and an … Continue reading

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The Differences Between Bundled and Unbundled Retirement Plan Servicing Arrangements

By Jeff Chang When it comes to retirement plan servicing arrangements for most public agencies, there are basically two flavors: bundled and unbundled. It is important for public plan sponsors and plan fiduciaries to understand the differences between these arrangements … Continue reading

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Understanding the Fees Paid by Your Governmental Retirement Plan

By Jeff Chang There are several fundamental principles and concepts that governmental plan sponsors and fiduciaries need to bear in mind as they select and monitor their plan providers and the fees that these providers charge.

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Rules Governing Your Participant-Directed 457(b) or Defined Contribution 401(a) Plan

By Jeff Chang Many cities and special districts in California maintain one or more defined contribution retirement plans (i.e., a 457(b) or 401(a) plan) in which the participants are given investment responsibility over their respective accounts. However, many agencies are … Continue reading

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