OppenheimerFunds Retirement Services Launches New Tools to Help Plan Sponsors and Financial Advisors Navigate the Changing Regulatory Landscape

Jun 14, 2010, 11:58 ET from OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

NEW YORK, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- OppenheimerFunds Retirement Services today announced new tools intended to help plan sponsors tackle the challenges that have arisen amid a changing regulatory landscape. The tools serve as a resource for sponsors looking to revisit current procedures and glean best practices that can help them better manage their fiduciary responsibilities.

Guide to Help Participants Understand Plan Fees and Expenses

Excessive plan fees can hinder participants' efforts to save for retirement, and litigation, legislation and regulation concerning plan fees is on the rise.  To help advisors better manage these changes, OppenheimerFunds Retirement Services recently introduced a new guide, "Plan Fees and Due Diligence – Considerations to Help You Manage Your Fiduciary Duties," that discusses lessons learned from recent fee litigation and the long-term impact of excessive fees.  This brochure includes a worksheet to help plan sponsors evaluate plan fees and expenses.

Tool to Educate Advisors and Sponsors on Regulatory and Legislative Updates

To help advisors and sponsors become better educated on recent regulatory and legislative changes, OppenheimerFunds Retirement Services recently launched a new program called "Form 5500 Schedule C Rules: What You Should Know as Plan Sponsor." The program discusses the changes to the Form 5500 Schedule C and how they impact plan sponsors.

New Plan Review Online Demo

The goal of a plan review is to help sponsors monitor their plans' progress and identify inconsistencies between objectives and current policies.  To assist, OppenheimerFunds Retirement Services provides a quarterly plan review that contains plan demographic data, comparisons to industry benchmarks and information on the plan's investments.  OppenheimerFunds Retirement Services has created an automated online demo to educate sponsors on how to effectively review their plans while focusing on the areas that provide the most value.

"The online demo can help sponsors focus their efforts and address questions on how to effectively utilize a plan review," said Gayle Leavitt, Vice President, OppenheimerFunds Retirement Services. "It will guide clients on the benefits and critical features of our Plan Reviews while demonstrating our commitment to helping them manage their fiduciary responsibilities."

OppenheimerFunds Retirement Services continually seeks ways to further educate and offer enhancements to participants, plan sponsors and financial advisors to deliver Plans that Work.  "In a constantly evolving marketplace, it's critical to frequently assess and enhance the resources we make available to participants, plan sponsors and financial advisors," said Leavitt.

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