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There is a lot of conversation lately reminding employees and participants of the fundamental reasons to contribute to their own retirement through their 401(k) plan, as well as why they should stay invested even during tough economic times.

Times are tough for employers, too. With that in mind, here is our reminder for you about the importance of providing a 401(k) plan. Although the ride has been bumpy, these basics have not changed.

  • Competition for talent. Employees expect to have a 401(k) plan. When the economy is in overdrive, that’s especially true; but even when it isn’t, the 401(k) plan has become a foundational employee benefit. If you don’t offer one, you may miss out on the talent you need to push ahead.
  • Keeping the company fresh. Because they help employees accumulate retirement savings, 401(k) plans may allow employees to retire on time. In turn, younger employees have opportunities to move up the ranks, bringing fresh eyes and ideas to your business.
  • It’s pretty easy. When you seek the assistance of the right retirement professional, implementing and operating the plan doesn’t need to disrupt your business. Yes, there are lots of rules to follow. But more than three decades have elapsed since these plans were developed, and the industry has a good grasp on how to operate them simply and effectively.

Heartland Retirement Plan Services are offered through Dubuque Bank and Trust Company. The information provided herein is general in nature and is not intended to be nor should be construed as specific investment, legal or tax advice. The factual information has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness. Heartland Retirement Plan Services makes no warranties with regard to the information or results obtained by its use and disclaims any liability arising out of your use of, or reliance on, it. Products offered through Heartland Retirement Plan Services are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed and may lose value, unless otherwise noted.