Why You Should Know Your Retirement Plan's Expenses

What does your retirement plan cost? Are your expenses too high? How do you even know?

The average participant will say that their retirement plan costs nothing. As a plan administrator, you know that’s not right. But do you wonder what the expenses are? And what they are for?

Good news—you have a choice in the amount that you and your participants pay. And the amount you pay impacts your plan’s returns. That is why it is so important to understand the basic components and the cost of your plan.

There are 3 basic retirement plan costs that you should understand:

1. Third Party Administration
A third party administrator keeps your plan legal and compliant and consults with you about a number of plan issues.

2. Recordkeeping
The recordkeeper makes sure that your reporting, enrollment, and distributions, are done accurately and done on a timely basis.

3. The Investment Advisor
The advisor shapes your investment policy statement with you, assists in constructing your investment menu, and helps your participants understand investing.

So what percentage of your plan's assets are you paying each year?

And are there any additional costs? Are you paying too much and what can you do? Unlike the Christmas present that comes from the store with a no return policy, here you can make a change. It can be to renegotiate your costs or even change service providers. If you're going to make the change, look for providers who understand and service faith-based organizations.

How can you know if you have a good retirement plan? Take a FREE 2-minute assessment online and discover if your existing plan meets your unique ministry needs.