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Fiduciary Focus Newsletter            A quarterly update for plan sponsors.
Fall 2014 | 10/24/2014
 

Summer 2014 | 7/5/2014
 

Spring 2014 | 4/5/2014
 

News

BenefitsLink.com Retirement Plans Newsletter Highlights Francis Blog Post | 12/19/2014
 
Francis Investment Counsel’s “How to Help Millennials Save For Retirement: Four Tips For Plan Sponsors” blog post was included in the BenefitsLink.com October Retirement Plans Newsletter. The blog post provides instruction on how employers can attract and support Millennials in their efforts to save for retirement.

Click here to read the full post.
Are The Fees for the Investment Options in Your Plan Reasonable and In Plain Sight? | 12/19/2014
 

It is the duty of plan sponsors and fiduciaries to ensure that a plan operates in the best interest of the participants. Plans are subject to ever increasing scrutiny, especially with respect to fees. It is important to be confident that your plan is not run to favor interested parties such as recordkeepers or investment managers. This is where an investment consultant with fiduciary responsibilities can assist in the significant task of fiduciary oversight. Read here how a plan audit helped reduce investment management fees and set the plan up for long-term success, reducing potential fiduciary liability concerns in the process.

Is the PIMPCO Dynasty Over? | 12/19/2014
 

Ed McIlveen, Francis Investment Counsel Director of Performance Analytics and Research, examines the PIMPCO dynasty following the departure of Founder Bill Gross in September. Specifically, how will this change in leadership affect fund management?

Read Ed’s analysis of PIMCO for answers to these and other related questions.

'Paradigm shift' in 401(k) flows opens the DOL door for annuities in 401(k) plans and RIAs are split | 12/19/2014
 
The retirement industry recognizes there is a need for some type of income solution for plan participants at retirement. Michael Francis shares his opinion on this hot issue.

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FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL RELEASES RESULTS OF PARTICIPANT SURVEY | 12/4/2014
 
1,400 Plan Participants Surveyed on Retirement Planning Concerns
News Release | 11/17/2014
 
Featured in The Business News, guest columnist Mike Francis discusses how to prepare for rising interest rates.

Read the full article here.
News Release | 11/5/2014
 
MICHAEL FRANCIS ADDRESSES ADVISORS DURING RIABIZ WEBINAR ON BEST PRACTICES FOR SERVING RETIREMENT PLANS

Listen to the webinar here.
To 401(k) or Not 401(k)? Not the Only Question RIAs Must Answer | 10/31/2014
 
MoneyLife Radio “Big Interviews” with Michael Francis | 10/31/2014
 

Nationally syndicated financial talk radio host Chuck Jaffe interviews Michael Francis about preparing retirement plans for a rising interest rate environment. Michael discusses Francis Investment Counsel’s varying strategies to prepare long- and short-term investors for rising rates.

Click here to listen to the full radio segment for more information on these strategies and analysis of the Feds future involvement with the market.


Fall 2014 | 10/24/2014
 

News Release | 9/30/2014
 

FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL EXPANDS TO NEW LOCATION

State of the Art Facility Expands Services to Retirement Plan Participants

Time to plan for possible increase in interest rates | 9/29/2014
 
The Fed recently began a subtle campaign that suggests interest rates will soon be rising. Your preparation for rising rates should depend upon how close you are to retirement.

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News Release | 9/23/2014
 

FRANCIS INVESTMENT COUNSEL CONGRATULATES
401(K) DAY AWARD WINNER

MIKE TINGO FROM WEATHERSHIELD
Participant Mike Tingo Won Free Gas for a Year in 401(k) Day Promotion

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.





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.

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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