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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Doing Good While Doing Well

Plan fiduciaries are seeing increased interest in social, or impact, investing as an option in their plan offerings. We have witnessed the evolution of socially responsible investing (SRI) from being just a consideration of avoiding companies that profit from “sin” (alcohol, tobacco, gambling, firearms, etc.) to a holistic focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors as integral to an investment strategy.

To be good stewards of capital, advanced knowledge of the benefits and significance of sustainability in investing―aligning with values―is essential. It is especially important to the millennial generation, and is consistent with the importance many institutions place on social responsibility as part of their greater mission.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Survey Report: “Assessing the Merits and Challenges of Financial Wellness"

In Assessing the Merits and Challenges of Financial Wellness, SBS evaluates whether financial wellness programs are a wise choice and welcome addition to the traditional employee benefits package.

Financial wellness is an increasingly popular topic, but there is no consensus about the value of financial wellness programs in the workplace. While clear advantages and perceived value have been identified, several obstacles remain.

SBS surveyed employers and three key themes emerged from the research:
  1. There is a general lack of understanding about what financial wellness programs deliver to both employers and employees. 
  2. Financial wellness programs may not be the right fit for some organizations. 
  3. There’s no easy way to calculate a return on investment from financial wellness programs. 
To read more about the three key themes that emerged from the financial wellness research, download Assessing the Merits and Challenges of Financial Wellness. To begin talking to a retirement plan advisor, please get in touch by email or by calling (855) 882-9177.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

James Kelley, President, Strategic Benefit Services, Joins the Retirement Advisor Council

Strategic Benefit Services (SBS) is pleased to announce the appointment of James J. Kelley, President, to the Retirement Advisor Council, effective January 1, 2018.

The Retirement Advisor Council is a national organization that advocates for successful qualified plan and participant retirement outcomes through the collaborative efforts of experienced, qualified retirement plan advisors, investment managers, and defined contribution plan service providers. To advance its mission, the Council undertakes initiatives in the areas of research, public relations and promotion, public education, regulatory positions, and practice management. The Council accomplishes this mission by:
  • identifying duties, responsibilities, and attributes of the professional retirement plan advisor;
  • sharing professional standards with plan sponsors who are responsible for the success of their plans; 
  • providing collective thought capital to decision makers, product providers, legislators, and the public;
  • giving voice to the retirement plan advisor community; and
  • offering tools to evaluate advisors to ensure the quality of services provided.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Strategic Benefit Services Adds New Leadership to Retirement and Employee Benefits Portfolios

Strategic Benefit Services (SBS), an industry leader that has provided for more than 45 years trusted advisory services, retirement plan offerings, and best-in-class employee benefits products, recently hired three new executives to expand its retirement and employee benefits portfolios.

“SBS is building our team with uniquely talented individuals who bring years of industry experience,” said James J. Kelley, SBS President. “SBS builds real relationships with our clients by investing in a team of professionals who use their expertise to bring successful outcomes.”

David S. Bard, Manager, Client Relationship Management and Consulting, is responsible for client servicing, retirement plan consulting, and new business development. Avon M. Scherff joined SBS as the new Director of Employee Benefit Services. Laura A. Sausville joined SBS as a Sales Account Executive responsible for new business development of group employee benefits.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

4 Key Benefits of a Strong Financial Wellness Program

Financial wellness is an increasingly popular topic, but there is no consensus about the value of financial wellness programs in the workplace. While clear advantages and perceived value have been identified, several obstacles remain.

In Assessing the Merits and Challenges of Financial Wellness, SBS evaluates whether financial wellness programs are a wise choice and welcome addition to the traditional employee benefits package.

To read more about the key themes that emerged from the financial wellness research, download Assessing the Merits and Challenges of Financial Wellness.

Why is Financial Wellness Important to Plan Sponsors?

When designed properly, financial wellness programs can help employers enhance their benefits packages and realize significant cost savings by helping employees retire on time, be more productive, and enjoy better health.