Ask an Adviser: How can employees pay off student loans and still save for retirement?

Robin Powell Thought Leadership

Student loan debt is cited by 1 in 4 people as the reason they’re not saving for retirement. Fortunately, hope is on the horizon. Congress is currently considering two bills that would allow employees to pay off their student loans while saving for retirement at the same time.

Why you should encourage ‘mini’ retirement plan audits

Robin Powell Thought Leadership

“Audit” is practically a four-letter word for plan sponsors, advisers and administrators. But an audit doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Now is the time for employers to educate themselves on how AI can benefit HR

Jay Schmitt, ASA Thought Leadership

Employers are increasingly exploring artificial intelligence as a means of solving their HR challenges. But a host of challenges — from a general lack of consensus about what “AI” even means to systems integrations issues — have slowed industry adoption. Now is a good time for employers to educate themselves on what AI means and how it can benefit the HR function.

Finding the right voluntary benefits broker may be trickier than clients realize

Jay Schmitt, ASA Thought Leadership

When selecting a provider for voluntary benefits, small to midsize companies often turn to the same broker that serves their medical or retirement plan needs. But medical and retirement benefits brokers may lack the knowledge or impartiality required to deliver optimal service in the voluntary benefits space. An unbiased third party that neither sells insurance products nor receives commissions when its clients select insurance products can help with the broker search.