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Flexible service offering designed to complement advisors’ practices
“The heart of our support has always been a service offering that allows us to adjust what we provide based on each advisor’s capabilities,” said
Advisors who partner with The Standard have the power to design a customized retirement plan solution that works to address each client’s unique needs. This begins with The Standard’s essential plan services, which include recordkeeping and online tools, as well as employee services, including a participant call center, quarterly newsletter and enrollment communication materials.
Advisors can then select which additional services, if any, they want to provide to each client and which services they would like The Standard to handle. Advisors can choose from the following menu of services:
- Recordkeeping and financial services — Advisors can choose the appropriate investment platform for their plans. Both the Net Asset Value (NAV) open-architecture and group annuity platforms offer nonproprietary mutual funds and full fee transparency.
- Administration — The Standard can support advisors with a full range of administrative services, including plan document preparation and amendment, Form 5500 preparation and compliance testing. When providing full-service administration,
Standard Retirement Servicescan assume ERISA 3(16) fiduciary responsibility for certain key aspects of plan administration.
- Investment Advice —
StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., can provide ERISA 3(21) and 3(38) plan-level advice for investment selection, monitoring and removal.
- Participant Services — The Standard can support retirement readiness by conducting enrollment meetings and ongoing participant communication and education. In addition, advisors can offer The Standard’s Mainspring ManagedSM account service.
Plan Consulting— The Standard’s local relationship managers can either work directly with employers or support advisors in the ongoing review of the plan’s operations, regular communications highlighting issues of importance to the plan, periodic evaluations of the plan’s success in meeting goals, and recommendations for enhancements or changes to the plan.
“We realize that employers look to their advisors when it comes to choices for their retirement plans,” Hall said. “Advisors can look to The Standard and our flexible service offering for customized solutions that maximize the value that they can offer their clients and help employees reach retirement readiness.”
About The Standard
The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life, AD&D, dental and vision insurance, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com.
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