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Reproduced with permission from our Associate Member, Beneco Retirement plan fees are complicated. Between administration, investment management, recordkeeping, consulting, revenue sharing, sub-TA and 12b-1, it isn’t always clear to plan participants or plan sponsors exactly what they’re paying, how much they’re paying or even who’s paying the fees. ERISA Section 408(b)(2) states that plan fiduciaries have to determine whether the agreements and compensation of service providers are “reasonable.” The rule requires service providers to supply plans with disclosures to help them determine if fees are “reasonable.” Beneco helps fiduciaries with this complicated determination by identifying:
  • All of the total plan cost components
  • The various primary drivers of retirement plan pricing
  • The role of revenue sharing

Cost Components

The three main components are administrative fees, investment fees and plan consulting fees. Administrative and plan consulting fees may be paid by the plan sponsor or the participant. Investment fees are always paid by participants and deducted from plan assets.

Primary Pricing Drivers

Several key factors can impact plan pricing. The larger the plan in terms of assets, the lower the plan sponsor out-of-pocket (per participant) costs. Other factors to consider include:
  • Number of plan participants
  • Average account balance
  • Service requirements
  • Plan design features

Revenue Sharing

Revenue sharing includes payments made by investment managers to service providers or plan consultants for a portion of the revenue generated from the management of a particular fund or funds. Historically, such allowance may or may not be known to a plan sponsor. Regardless, it’s imperative that plan sponsors with fiduciary oversight of their organization’s retirement plan understand the distribution systems that most investment management organizations use and how they share revenue. The most common forms of revenue sharing can include 12b-1 fees, shareholder servicing fees and sub-transfer agent (sub-TA) fees. In some instances, a portion of the investment management fee for proprietary funds may include some revenue sharing. The diagram below illustrates potential fund expenses.

Fiduciary Best Practices

Best practices dictate that plan fiduciaries must go through a prudent, comprehensive and measurable process of monitoring and documentation to ensure that only reasonable fees are being paid. This process includes:
  • Working with an experienced consultant who understands retirement plan fee components
  • Disclosing and documenting all fees from retirement plan service providers
  • Benchmarking fees annually for due diligence purposes
  • In-depth, live-bid benchmarking of fees, services and investments against alternative providers every three years to ensure competitive reasonableness
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Reproduced with permission from our Associate Member, Beneco Retirement plan fees are complicated. Between administration, investment management, recordkeeping, consulting, revenue sharing, sub-TA and 12b-1, [...]

By |2019-04-12T19:39:09+00:00April 12th, 2019|CICPAC, Construction, Member News, Resources|

Marcum Releases 2018 JOLTS Analysis Report

CICPAC member firm, Marcum (locations serving Deerfield Illinois, Nashville Tennessee, New Haven Connecticut and Irvine California) releases 2018 JOLTS Analysis report. Marcum is pleased to [...]

By |2019-04-12T19:39:21+00:00March 13th, 2019|Announcements, CICPAC, Construction, Member News, Resources|

Read the full article here or for additional information, email Mike or (832) 742-2411." target="_blank">Mike Karlins Published in Construction Accounting and Taxation Magazine

Mike Karlins, Partner with CalvettiFerguson (The Woodlands, TX), was published in the Construction Accounting and Taxation magazine's January/February 2019 edition. His article focusing on Revenue [...]

By |2019-04-12T19:39:30+00:00March 7th, 2019|CICPAC, Construction, Member News, Rev Rec|

Carl Oliveri, Grassi & Co. (Long Island, NY) – President
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  • Mike Karlins, CalvettiFerguson (The Woodlands, TX) – Secretary / Treasurer
  • Jacquelyn Daenen, Daenen Henderson & Co. (Alexandria, LA) – Immediate Past President
  •   Additionally, the board elected the following At Large Directors:      

    About CICPAC

    With vast knowledge, respectable histories and high quality financial and consulting service teams, exclusive CICPAC members are the CPAs Who Know Construction. CICPAC brings together 75+ accounting firms who serve over 11,000 construction companies. Membership is territorially exclusive and members must demonstrate proficiency in the construction industry to be eligible. Additionally, the accounting firm must maintain a solid reputation for providing the highest quality work products and integrity in the industry." target="_blank">New CICPAC Board of Directors and Officers for 2018-2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2018 Chicago, IL (effective July 18, 2018)  – The CICPAC Board of Directors (Construction Industry CPAs and Consultants Association), a [...]

    By |2019-02-08T23:20:36+00:00August 7th, 2018|CICPAC, Member News|

    EKS&H team joins Plante Moran, the firm will become the 11th largest accounting, tax, consulting and wealth management practice in the country, with more than 3,000 professionals working in 27 offices to serve national and international clients in the middle market. Combined revenue for EKS&H in 2018 will be close to $700 million. After October 1, the team will be co-branded for nearly a year, and then EKS&H will operate as the Plante Moran brand name. " target="_blank">EKS&H and Plante Moran Become 11th Largest Accounting Firm

    Press release from www.cobizmag.com (Colorado Biz publication), 6/18/2018: With a shared commitment to client service and strong value of teamwork, EKS&H announced the firm would team [...]

    By |2019-02-08T23:23:13+00:00July 2nd, 2018|CICPAC, Member News|
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