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Retirement plan consultants in St. Louis. Setting up a retirement plan such as a 401(k) is a smart, strategic move for St. Louis companies and business owners looking for a competitive advantage. Retirement plans are a key factor in attracting and retaining top talent, providing employees with a sense of security, and fostering a productive, loyal workforce. But, for businesses who haven't set up a retirement plan before, or for companies looking for a plan upgrade, the wealth of plan options, regulatory compliance, and tax considerations can be overwhelming.

Correct Capital Wealth Management is an independent St. Louis financial advisory firm that specializes in helping companies set up and maintain customized retirement plans, built around the needs of both your business and employees. We enjoy exploring the unique story behind each business we work with and getting to know the entrepreneurial spirit that guides their leaders. As fiduciary advisors, our only goal is to act in your best interest. If you're looking for a retirement plan consultant in St. Louis to help set up a 401(k) or other plan, give us a call at 314-930-401(k), contact us online, or schedule an appointment with a member of our advisor team today.

Why Establish a Retirement Plan for Your St. Louis Business?

To understand what a 401(k) or other retirement plan could mean for your St. Louis business, it's important to look at what a retirement plan means for your employees:

  • 2 in 3 U.S. retirees say the country is in a retirement crisis; 40% worry they will outlive their retirement savings (Source)
  • 45% of retirees say their income wasn't high enough to save for retirement; 55% blame their employer for not doing enough to help them save (Source)
  • In one survey, 62% of respondents said their largest source of income in retirement will be their 401(k) (Source)
  • 60% of employees cited their employers' retirement plan as a reason they remain; 47% said it's an important reason to join a company; 44% ranked it in their top three most desired benefits (Source)
  • 77% of employees with access to a plan choose to participate (Source)
  • 78% of Millennial and Gen Z 401(k) plan participants are interested in personalized investment advice for their plan (Source)
  • 77% of plan participants are "extremely confident" in their ability to make the right financial decisions with the help of a financial advisor (Source)

Retirement savings is a huge concern for most Americans, and St. Louis businesses that offer retirement plans give themselves a competitive advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. Beyond that, there are a bevy of benefits for both employers and employees when it comes to offering retirement plans:


Business Benefits

  • Matching contributions are tax-deductible
  • Tax-free earnings on assets in the plan
  • Variety of plan options and flexibility to adapt a plan to your business
  • Tax credits, and other benefits from the SECURE ACT 2.0, help reduce start up costs
  • Higher employee retention lowers the annual cost of training new employees

Employee Benefits

  • Employee contributions can reduce their taxable income
  • Contributions and earnings are not taxed until withdrawal
  • Easy-to-make contributions through payroll deductions
  • Small, regular contributions can grow into significant retirement savings
  • Participant assets can be rolled over if they change employers
  • Improved financial security in retirement

Types of Retirement Plans Available for St. Louis Businesses

If you're considering setting up a retirement plan for your St. Louis business, there are a variety of plan options our retirement plan consultants and speak to you about:

  • 401(k) Plans The bedrock of American retirement plans, 401(k)s allow for diverse investments across stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs, and allow employees to save and invest a portion of their paycheck before taxes are taken out. Employers can choose to match contributions. Safe Harbor 401(k) plans are largely the same, but employer contributions must be fully vested when made. In exchange, safe harbor 401(k)s are not subject to annual nondiscrimination tests.
  • 403(b) Plans Similar to 401(k)s, 403(b)s are designed specifically for employees of tax-exempt organizations.
  • Defined Benefit (Pension) Plans While 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans operate based on employees contributing a specific amount or percentage of their income, defined benefit plans offer a specific monthly withdrawal once an employee reaches retirement. These plans are primarily employer-funded, and the company bears the investment risk.
  • Cash Balance Plans Cash balance plans are a type of defined benefit plan that accounts for each participant's balance in a hypothetical account, which grows annually through employer contributions and an interest credit rate. This plan offers predictable benefits like a traditional pension but with individual accounts similar to a defined contribution plan. It's an attractive option for businesses looking for a middle ground between the certainty of pensions and the flexibility of contribution plans.
  • Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRAs SEP plans offer a straightforward way for small businesses to provide retirement benefits. Employers make contributions directly to an IRA set up for each employee. SEPs are easy to administer, with no significant paperwork, and contributions are tax-deductible for the business. They're particularly well-suited for businesses with variable profits, as the contribution amounts can be adjusted annually.
  • Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) IRA SIMPLE IRAs are designed for small businesses with 100 or fewer employees. These plans are easier to set up and maintain than 401(k)s but allow employees to contribute a part of their salary to the plan, which employers must match up to a certain percentage. SIMPLE IRAs are an excellent option for small businesses looking to offer a more traditional retirement plan without the complexities of larger plans.
  • Profit-Sharing Plans Profit-sharing plans are flexible retirement solutions that allow employers to make discretionary contributions to their employees' retirement funds. Contributions are usually made out of the company's profits, giving employees a direct stake in the company's success. These plans can be structured in many ways, offering flexibility in how contributions are calculated and distributed among employees.
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) ESOPs provide employees with company stock, offering them an ownership interest in the business. ESOPs are not only a retirement benefit but also align employees' interests with the company's performance, potentially boosting productivity and job satisfaction. ESOPs can also align with a company's succession planning as ownership shares can be passed to high performers who will eventually take the reins of the business.

What Can Correct Capital's St. Louis Retirement Plan Consultants Do for My Business?

Our St. Louis retirement plan consultants currently manage over 30 plans in both small and large companies, and represent over $230 million in total plan assets across the U.S. Our experience and expertise allows us to offer a range of services that include both the initial set up and ongoing support:

  • Plan selection — We'll assist in evaluating and selecting the most appropriate retirement plan for your business, considering factors such as company size, financial goals, employee demographics, and tax considerations. The goal is to decide on a plan that offers the best benefits to your employees while being cost-effective for your business.
  • Establishing the plan — Several steps are required in order to formally put the retirement plan in place. These include adopting a written plan, arranging a trust for trust assets, notifying eligible employees about the terms of the plan, and creating a record keeping system. Our St. Louis retirement plan consultants can carry out and/or assist with each of these steps.
  • Plan changes — Maybe you dislike your current plan, or your business has evolved and you need a retirement plan consultant that can help your retirement plan evolve with you. Consultants can guide you through modifying your plan to adapt to business growth, changes in workforce, or shifts in financial goals. This includes adding new features, adjusting contribution limits, or transitioning to a different type of plan to better meet your needs.
  • Investment advice — As a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), we have a wide range of analytical tools, resources, and experience to aid in the selection of investment options that should be made available within the plan. This includes analyzing the performance of different investment funds, assessing their risk levels, and ensuring a diverse range of options to suit the varying investment preferences and retirement goals of your employees.
  • Plan documentation — Retirement plan consultants help in drafting and maintaining all necessary plan documentation, ensuring compliance with IRS and Department of Labor regulations. This includes plan adoption agreements, summary plan descriptions, and annual notices to participants.
  • Ongoing participant education — Education is key to ensuring that your employees understand the benefits of participating in the retirement plan and how to make informed investment choices. Correct Capital's retirement plan consultants conduct quarterly webinars to plan participants and offer one-on-one coaching for topics such as retirement planning, investment risk, and how to maximize their retirement savings.
  • Help with regulations and audits — The IRS, SEC, ERISA, and other laws and institutions set rigid frameworks for how companies need to stay legally compliant with their retirement plans. Most 401(k) plans are also subject to annual audits. Retirement plan consultants can help ensure your St. Louis business stays compliant. Additionally, hiring Correct Capital as your retirement plan consultant allows us to take much of the fiduciary duty related to the plan off your shoulders.

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As you contemplate the future of your business and the well-being of your employees, offering a retirement plan should be front and center. With our comprehensive suite of services and deep commitment to acting only in your best interest, we'll help you get your St. Louis business and employees from where you are to where you want to go. To start crafting a plan that aligns with your unique business and goals, speak to a retirement plan consultant in St. Louis today at 314-930-401(k) or contact us online.


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