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Retirement Services Lead, Financial Services, Perficient Andrew Bihl, retirement services lead in Perficient’s financial services practice, joined the company in 2013 via the acquisition of ForwardThink Group. His areas of focus include program management offices, business process redesigns, and operational design. Andrew has over 20 years of experience in corporate and consulting roles. He has successfully delivered projects in the retirement services practice for diverse clients, such as Fidelity, Prudential, and TIAA.

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Drive Company-Wide Solutions in Retirement Services with AI

Previously, I analyzed fraud detection and content management methods, with the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI). In my final post of this blog series, I explain the opportunities artificial intelligence provides to retirement services transformations. For many 401(k) plans, passing ADP/ACP testing can be a very difficult and challenging endeavor, and there can be severe […]

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Fraud Detection and Content Management Efficiencies with AI

My last blog looked at call center optimization and how artificial intelligence (AI) provides an in-depth look into financial advice. In this blog, I analyze fraud detection and content management methods, with the assistance of AI. Fraud Detection In the online and digital world of financial services, fraud has increased and become harder to detect. […]

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Optimize Your Call Center and Financial Advice Methods with AI

Previously, I discussed artificial intelligence (AI) and the benefits it can have when transforming retirement services. In this next post, I look at call center optimization and how AI provides an in-depth look into financial advice. Call Center Optimization Call centers are a necessary evil for financial services organizations, and none feel the pain more […]

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[Guide] 5 Opportunities to Transform Retirement Services with AI

Financial services back-office processing, particularly in retirement services, has historically been a very labor-intensive and opaque environment. Most organizations have made it a strategic goal to find ways to be more efficient and also to capitalize on the extraordinarily complex data to find trends and insights to better serve their customers. Today, the advanced pattern […]

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Solving the Multiemployer Pension Plan Crisis

At the end of 2017, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) estimated that multiemployer plans were underfunded by $65.1 billion, an increase of $6.3 billion from the end of 2016. The Budget Act of 2018 established the “Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans.” This committee held its first meeting on March 14, […]

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Hardship Distribution Changes: Impact on Retirement Plan Sponsors

When it left the House of Representatives in December 2017, the Tax Reform and Jobs Act carried several changes to the limits that should be placed on hardship withdrawals. While those changes never made it to the final version, many of them are included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. These include: Plans may […]

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California Wildfires: Considerations for Retirement Plan Sponsors

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 addresses relief for the California wildfires of 2017, including, but not limited to: “Qualified individuals” whose primary residences were in specific wildlife disaster zones between October 8 and December 31, 2017 have several new opportunities to access plan benefits that are not otherwise available, including not being hit with […]

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Can A Fiduciary Determine If A Fund Is TOO Cheap?

What happens when the unstoppable force of retirement services recordkeeping faces the immovable object of low-fee funds? We’ll probably have to wait for the courts to decide. Recently, Fidelity Investments, TD Ameritrade, and Morgan Stanley all announced that they will be charging additional fees to customers who invest in The Vanguard Group’s funds. While this […]

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[Guide] Conquering Selection Analysis Paralysis In Financial Services

In the interest of reducing cost and liability, financial services companies have started withdrawing from the advice market and are requiring non-high net worth individuals to bear responsibility for their own financial decisions. This trend is similar to a trend in healthcare called “patient empowerment,” where doctors no longer make a recommendation for a course […]

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Helping Clients Understand The Impact Of Their Investment Decisions

Clients are more empowered than ever to make their own informed decisions, which has led to a dramatic shift in their expectations of financial services companies. Clients expect to be provided with the kind of personalized advice, support, and tools they used to only get from their financial advisors. While offering choices is an important […]

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5 Ways To Improve The Decision-Making Process For Investors

Financial services institutions have several options when it comes to improving the decision-making process for investors. Reduce options Probably the least-attractive idea for many providers is the notion of limiting the number of options available to clients. Though there are many examples in the manufacturing industry where decreasing the total number of different products in […]

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The Emotional Impact Of Too Much Choice

In his book Paradox of Choice, Dr. Barry Schwartz identifies several key reactions people have when confronted with too much choice. Escalation of expectations – Expectations can be significantly detrimental to one’s ability to be happy with a situation. If you are given only two options, your expectations are going to be fairly low. Regardless […]

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More Choice Isn’t Always Better

When 401(k) plans were introduced in the early 1980s, most had only one-to-three funds available. Typically, participants would find a low-income/low-risk fund (often called a “guaranteed” investment vehicle) and an employer stock fund. As the plans became more popular, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) determined that plan sponsors had to offer more options that […]

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