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Plan Sponsors: Offer Participants Tax Diversification Through Roth 401k In-Plan Conversions | 7/23/2014
 

Guest Article
By Michael J. Francis, CIMA®, JD, President & Chief Investment Officer at Francis Investment Counsel.

Click here to read the full article on-line.





Fiduciary Focus | 7/21/2014
 

Click on the image below to read our latest Fiduciary Focus Newsletter - A Quarterly Update for Plan Sponsors


Small Cap Growth Funds  | 7/10/2014
 
Is a Roth 401(k) in your future? | 7/1/2014
 
The popularity of Roth 401(k) accounts is expected to grow, especially with recent legislation enabling retirement plan participants to convert their plan assets into a Roth account.
401(k) of the Future – Lifetime Income Solutions | 6/25/2014
 

In May 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules which would alter the way 401(k) participants receive their account balance information in the future.

Click here to read more.

Converting 401(k) to Roth may be good idea | 6/19/2014
 
Roth 401(k) deferrals offer employees powerful tax diversification benefits, and now, recent legislative changes allow retirement plans to offer in-plan Roth conversions. But is an in-plan Roth conversion right for your situation?
Be certain advice isn’t really a sales pitch in disguise | 4/1/2014
 

How do you tell the difference between a proposal for advice that is truly in your best interest and a sales pitch that is really disguised as advice? 

Madison InBusiness - Plan Participants Blog | 3/28/2014
 
FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL RECEIVES 2014 EDDY AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN INVESTMENT EDUCATION FOR 401(K) PARTICIPANTS | 3/20/2014
 

MILWAUKEE, March 17, 2014 – Francis Investment Counsel, an independent qualified retirement plan investment consulting and workplace education firm, has earned a 2014 Eddy Award from Pensions & Investments.

FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL NAMED AMONG TOP 100 RETIREMENT ADVISERS BY PLANSPONSOR 8TH TIME AWARD GIVEN TO FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL | 3/20/2014
 

MILWAUKEE, March 20, 2014 –Francis Investment Counsel has been named among the Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers in the country by PlanSponsor Magazine. This is the 8th time Francis Investment Counsel has been recognized as one of the Nation’s “top” retirement plan advisors by PlanAdviser or its sister publication PlanSponsor Magazine.


FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY | 3/13/2014
 

Today, Francis celebrates 10 years of being 100% employee owned providing independent and conflict-free investment advisory services to well over $5 billion in retirement plan assets.    

The Need to Communicate Same - Gender Marriage Rules | 2/10/2014
 

January 29, 2014 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Plan sponsors need to inform participants of same-gender marriage retirement plan rule changes—or risk financial liability.

President Obama’s Proposal of the MyRA Should Boost Roth 401(k) Utilization  | 1/30/2014
 

As big proponents of tax-free investing, we routinely ask, Why don’t you offer this powerful wealth accumulation tool to your employees? The most common response we receive is ... Click here to read more.

Manage risk in retirement savings by finding "glide path" | 1/24/2014
 

Rethinking your pre-retiree downshift away from stocks

NEW! Develop a personal retirement strategy. | 1/2/2014
 
Meet Our New Team Member | 12/19/2013
 
Asian markets could be prime for 'runaway growth | 10/21/2013
 

Hey HR staff, we are presenting at the SHRM conference! | 10/1/2013
 

Joseph Topp and Kelli Send will be presenting next week at the WI SHRM State Conference.

Don’t give up so easily on diversified portfolio | 9/30/2013
 

No matter your age, human capital is an important asset | 7/9/2013
 

FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL’S KELLI SEND FEATURED SPEAKER AT UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON NATIONAL PERSONAL FINANCE CONFERENCE | 6/14/2013
 

MoneyU 2013 Videos! | 6/14/2013
 
Plexus Corp. adds new asset classes to 401(k) lineup | 4/18/2013
 

At 70 1/2, withdrawal from qualified retirement accounts a must | 4/5/2013
 
Consulting Firms Free From Adverse Items | 2/4/2013
 

Conflicts of interest are revealed in a recent review of investment consultants.

Fiscal cliff aside, keep saving for retirement. | 1/16/2013
 

401(k) ADVISER MICHAEL J. FRANCIS
 
"I am asked with increasing frequency about the possibility of some 401(k) tax advantages being taken away."

Plan Sponsors: Offer Participants Tax Diversification Through Roth 401k In-Plan Conversions | 7/23/2014
 

Guest Article
By Michael J. Francis, CIMA®, JD, President & Chief Investment Officer at Francis Investment Counsel.

Click here to read the full article on-line.





Fiduciary Focus | 7/21/2014
 

Click on the image below to read our latest Fiduciary Focus Newsletter - A Quarterly Update for Plan Sponsors


Small Cap Growth Funds  | 7/10/2014
 
Is a Roth 401(k) in your future? | 7/1/2014
 
The popularity of Roth 401(k) accounts is expected to grow, especially with recent legislation enabling retirement plan participants to convert their plan assets into a Roth account.
401(k) of the Future – Lifetime Income Solutions | 6/25/2014
 

In May 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules which would alter the way 401(k) participants receive their account balance information in the future.

Click here to read more.

Converting 401(k) to Roth may be good idea | 6/19/2014
 
Roth 401(k) deferrals offer employees powerful tax diversification benefits, and now, recent legislative changes allow retirement plans to offer in-plan Roth conversions. But is an in-plan Roth conversion right for your situation?
Be certain advice isn’t really a sales pitch in disguise | 4/1/2014
 

How do you tell the difference between a proposal for advice that is truly in your best interest and a sales pitch that is really disguised as advice? 

Madison InBusiness - Plan Participants Blog | 3/28/2014
 
FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL RECEIVES 2014 EDDY AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN INVESTMENT EDUCATION FOR 401(K) PARTICIPANTS | 3/20/2014
 

MILWAUKEE, March 17, 2014 – Francis Investment Counsel, an independent qualified retirement plan investment consulting and workplace education firm, has earned a 2014 Eddy Award from Pensions & Investments.

FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL NAMED AMONG TOP 100 RETIREMENT ADVISERS BY PLANSPONSOR 8TH TIME AWARD GIVEN TO FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL | 3/20/2014
 

MILWAUKEE, March 20, 2014 –Francis Investment Counsel has been named among the Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers in the country by PlanSponsor Magazine. This is the 8th time Francis Investment Counsel has been recognized as one of the Nation’s “top” retirement plan advisors by PlanAdviser or its sister publication PlanSponsor Magazine.


FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY | 3/13/2014
 

Today, Francis celebrates 10 years of being 100% employee owned providing independent and conflict-free investment advisory services to well over $5 billion in retirement plan assets.    

The Need to Communicate Same - Gender Marriage Rules | 2/10/2014
 

January 29, 2014 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Plan sponsors need to inform participants of same-gender marriage retirement plan rule changes—or risk financial liability.