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  2. Hi. The $36 OMNI fee is what my district pays OMNI per participant. My memory is foggy on this whole situation, but I do remember talking to and emailing with a representative from IPX. I also uses 403Bcompare.com. That is where I would have gotten my information from. The representative I spoke with and emailed with was Rick Moser <rmoser@fps-services.com. I would email him. He was very responsive and answered all of my questions. I ended up going with Vanguard direct and have been happy minus some issues with how quickly they processed my transfer of funds from Aspire. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
  3. Hi. The $36 OMNI fee is what my district pays OMNI per participant. My memory is foggy on this whole situation, but I do remember talking to and emailing with a representative from IPX. I also uses 403Bcompare.com. That is where I would have gotten my information from. The representative I spoke with and emailed with was Rick Moser <rmoser@fps-services.com. I would email him. He was very responsive and answered all of my questions. I ended up going with Vanguard direct and have been happy minus some issues with how quickly they processed my transfer of funds from Aspire. Please let me know if you have any other questions. JC
  4. I can't answer questions about the fees that JC pays. After looking at IPX on 403bcompare (sited above), I would stick with Vanguard and skip Fidelity. The difference in expense ratios of their index funds is minor. I'm assuming you are going to use index funds? A difference of 0.02% on 300k is only $60. Third party administrators like OMNI charge for each district employee that has an 403b account. Somebody has to pay the fee. The expensive vendors agree to pick up the tab because they make a lot of profit on their products. Most districts don't want to pay the fee and are happy to have it taken care of by the vendors. The district's are oblivious as to the high fees that their employees are charged.The low-cost vendors like Vanguard and Fidelity won't usually pay the fee. Vanguard and OMNI have recently worked out an agreement to have Vanguard collect the TPA fee from the employee and send it to OMNI. I don't know how IPX is handling the TPA fee.
  5. Not sure if this post is still active. My district also added IPX this year. I have been working with the union to offer better options, the district obviously still resists. According to 403b compare it says the fees for Fidelity is $126. JC, where did you find the fees as $50 a year? It also says that is based on $10,000. What wold the yearly fees be for $300000? I also see where IPX does not offer any index funds through Fidelty. JC can you explain to me the $36 OMNI fee? Does your district give you the option to pay that fee and invest where you like? Does your district make each individual pay the $36 per year? My district does not charge us a penny to invest in the 403b. Instead they have adopted the awful P3 list of expensive options.
  6. Finally getting around to reading (listen on audio) Roger Lowenstein's massive tome about Buffett. I am about half way through. Buffett has the right balance on not just money but life. He focuses on capital but also one character, never expecting more from others than he would of himself. He focuses on the company balances sheets but also has a keen sense of management and their character. He focuses on investments but has superb management skills that would put most major CEOs to shame. When he takes his work seriously, he is not serious. His homespun philosophy, small town country values and sense of humor, is why people respond to well to him because they believe him. He is genuinely authentic and organic, makes decision relying on the data directly from the companies, not statistics or math from academia or anybody else. Finally, he is transparent in everything he does, thinks long term, treats the companies that he manages or owns like a marriage, for the long term. Obviously, with all of this in mind he thoroughly rejets just about everything that happens on Wall Street--especially the trading mania and short term outlook. https://www.amazon.com/Buffett-American-Capitalist-Roger-Lowenstein/dp/0812979273/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2BCL1OU23LZIJ&dchild=1&keywords=roger+lowenstein+buffett&qid=1621350262&sprefix=roger+low%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-1
  7. OR state 457b plan: https://my.voya.com/einfo/fundinfo.aspx?page=investment_informationfundperformance&cl=oregon&pl=350001PU&domain=osgp.voya.com The Fidelity 457b is incredibly low-cost, assuming you use their index funds. (Their fees are probably so low because they hope you will use some of their expensive funds?) Their funds and fees are the same for their 403b and their 457b. The only administration fee is $24/yr. https://www.403bcompare.com/products/68#/investmentoptions The OR state 457b has an admin fee of 0.17%. That’s certainly not prohibitive, but I don't think anybody beats Fidelity’s 457b fees. The OSGP fund’s expense ratios vary from very low cost to modest. https://www.oregon.gov/pers/OSGP/Documents/Fee-Structure.pdf I don’t know of a reason for working to add the OR state 457b to your district's list.
  8. yes i did have problems with that however i was successful getting the plan number.
  9. From reports, they seem to have been somewhat slow in getting the account set up. I'd wait about 2 weeks before calling, but who knows, maybe they've improved their service? Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised? Some posters have had some difficulty getting the district to give them the plan number for Security Benefit's form, but that's something the district has to sort out.
  10. Good day everyone- I am opening up the old thread because I looked at the SACT holdings today, and as of last year they include companies traded on the NASDAQ, such as Apple.That sounds like no big deal, but for those who have followed this investment fund, the legislation that established it prohibited the managers from investing in stocks on the NASDAQ. Does anyone know when the SACT rules were changed? This seems like a promising development. https://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions/documents/pdf/sact-summary.pdf
  11. ok thank you. just sent the form thru doc sign. so waiting to hear from them. Do they normally send set up info through email or will i probably need to follow up?
  12. Bashdash, thanks for the testimonial on NEA Direct Invest! Here's my spiel on NEA Direct Invest: The only low-cost vendor on your vendor list appears to be Security Benefit’s NEA Direct Invest. It is internet based, not local rep based. It is a SB 403b and NEA has no direct involvement. There is no local rep (salesperson) to ask about it. It offers a small number of low-cost Vanguard index funds and charges only $35 per year for balances under 50k, no admin fee for balances over 50k. Its phone service has been reported as poor at times. With patience and perseverance, you can get the job done. We can help with any questions. The only NEA Direct Invest funds needed are: Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Admiral, expense ratio (ER) = 0.04% Vanguard Total International Stock Mkt Admiral, ER = 0.11% Vanguard Intermediate-term Bond Index Admiral, ER = 0.07% (a good substitute for Total Bond Mkt Index Admiral fund) You should not use their TR Price target retirement funds as they are too expensive (ER 0.77 to 0.99%). This webpage gives the basics of NEA Direct Invest https://securitybenefit.com/individuals/product/nea-directinvest On this webpage, click on “Enroll Now” to access the steps to get started. https://www.nearetirementprogram.com/nea-directinvest Here’s my interpretation of the Steps: Read over Step 1. Your district will likely require their own Salary Reduction Agreement. Hold off on giving this to your district. Hold off on moving other accounts into this 403b until this account is established. Complete the application form and mail it to SB. If you have questions about the form, ask us rather than trying to talk to SB about it. After about 2 weeks, call if they haven’t contacted you, and inquire about your account’s progress. 6. After the account is set up and you have internet access to it, you can work on moving your wife's Ameriprise balance to NEA Direct Invest.
  13. There is a pretty good thread on this board that gives more details. I estimate I've saved more than 20k in fees alone since I switched to direct invest from Voya.
  14. haha i want that too. thanks bashdash.
  15. Go with Direct Invest. Just avoid advisor at all costs. Internet only and couple phone calls to set up. After set up, the website is great, automatic rebalance, and best of all nobody bothers me.
  16. Our Stinks. we have all the bad ones. Thank you so much for the help and advice. i have been listening to your programs on audible. Any thing with this list could work? Voya is the one backed by the district and always around and helping. Ameriprise, security Benefit (NEA Direct invest is one im leaning to.), Valic, Athene, AXA, Franklin Templeton, General American life, GWN marketing, NY life, oppenheimer funds, Plan Member, Horace mann, industrial alliance, Lincoln investment planning, midland national ins, National life group. thats all. Im in Edinburg Texas about 10 miles from the border. We neighbor mcallen where my wife works. I asked our Employee Benefits guy about 2 weeks ago if we could get something with less feels like vanguard, fidelity, aspire, etc.... havent heard back.
  17. I just found out my district is adding the 457B option I asked for. They said their plans are to just go with our current 403B vendors (we have 11, two of which are Fidelity and Vanguard). Anybody know if the Oregon Savings and Growth Plan (OSGP) is better than Fidelity? Are most state plans better than Fidelity's 403B offerings? I'm trying to figure out whether I should lobby my district to add OSGP, or if Fidelity will be just as good. Thanks!
  18. Does your district have a low-cost 403b vendor? What state are you in? Many states have a low-cost state-run 457b that is available to school districts.
  19. The May 5, 2021 event is on You Tube: It starts at about 8:42 minutes.
  20. awesome thanks. yes Vanguard is on her plan. Not mine tho. different district.
  21. Tony, the link doesn't work for me? Maybe this one will? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/your-money/financial-literacy-courses.html
  22. Yes, she can move her Ameriprise 403b balance to Vanguard if Vanguard is on the district's 403b vendor list. It's called a contract exchange. Call the Ameriprise 800 help # and ask for their transfer form. Also ask for her surrender fee if she has a variable annuity, which is likely. The annuity probably has an M&E fee of 1.10% and the surrender fee runs for 10 years, starting at 8%, decreasing to 1%. Ugly! You can look up the fees at 403bcompare: https://www.403bcompare.com/products/145
  23. Hi have a quick question. My wife opened a 403b with ameriprise in 2004. we have not been contributing for many years. She left the district and about 5 years later returned to that district. she is opening a vanguard account for next school year. can she move here ameriprise 403b to vanguard? She left her district and paid nothing to ameriprise since before leaving or when she returned. So can she move it to vanguard? thanks guys
  24. I remember him and reading his writings. In some ways he was Bogle like. R.I.P. Excerpt: When it came to individual investors, for example, Swensen was a harsh critic of how the vast majority of big actively managed mutual funds offer lower returns than simple lower-cost index funds, after fees are factored in. And the mutual funds make huge amounts of money whether the fund performs well or not. Excerpt: Swensen also wrote a book, Unconventional Success, telling everyday people how to invest and avoid pitfalls like excessive fees charged by mutual funds. https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/2021-05-08/david-swensen-the-greatest-investor-you-maybe-never-heard-of-leaves-powerful-legacy
  25. It’s a question many a personal finance educator has asked: What’s the best way to engage my students’ parents in the financial knowledge I’m teaching? Read The Full Article: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/06/teachers-strive-to-bring-more-parents-into-personal-finance-education-.html
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