Monday, December 28, 2009

Lifetime Income Disclosure Act, UTC on Track

Recently (specifically, November 2009), the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act was introduced by Senators Jeff Bingaman, Herb Kohl and Johnny Isakson. This bill would require that 401(k) providers inform participants of the monthly income they would expect at retirement. This projection is intended to be modeled after the existing Social Security statements that Americans presently receive annually. The bill is intended to help the average worker to understand their present financial vulnerability. Click here for a copy of the bill.

Obviously, this is a new introduction to the Senate and will be placed on what seems to be a an ever-growing stack of proposed Retirement Plan legislation which may or may not get passed. However, this one is interesting as it supports many notions that we, at Unified Trust, have been talking about for years. Specifically, it mentions that the average American is on path to a substantial shortfall. We usually quote 80% of workers covered do not have adequate retirement savings in today’s dollars. What also is interesting is that this new type of disclosure is aimed at converting consumer (participants) thoughts from the traditional “investment account” approach to a new “benefit account” approach. I.E. Is the 401(k) actually providing me with adequate income replacement?

This is exactly what we are doing with our new service, The unifiedPLAN®. In fact, each participant enrolled in The unifiedPLAN® will be presented with a mathematically sound Success Analysis at the initial enrollment meeting and each quarter thereafter. Click here to view a sample report. This analysis will show them in today’s dollars what their projected surplus or shortfall is and offer suggestions on how to improve the outcome. In addition, based on this projection a custom tailored model portfolio will be established for the participant and adjust automatically as the math changes from quarter to quarter. This established glide path will improve outcomes for virtually all participants.

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