Pretty heavy reading but these multiple white papers from various record-keepers like Fidelity, Schwab and Vanguard on the value of Retirement Plan Consultant services are still really interesting. I appreciate the fact that these firms, which were traditionally known to try and work direct without advisors, have come around to the conclusion that the plan level input and participant engagement we add is a win-win for everyone. This specific Vanguard white paper tries to quantify the hypothetical future wealth creation plan participants in plans with advisors would receive vs. those without a retirement plan consultant like Arcwood. The Alpha is staggering at over 3.5% annualized. Which is hard to believe until you drill down into the article and look into the areas this increased retirement success come from. Which includes an advisors work on crucial areas like asset allocation policy, risk management frameworks, manager oversight, and most importantly plan design advocacy and implementation.
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