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Transamerica Announces New Small Business Initiative to Support Retirement Plan Participants, Sponsors and Third Party Administrators

Issued by Transamerica

Sept. 27, 2020

Transamerica today announces a new retirement plan initiative for small business employees, employers, and third party administrators, to help them better navigate the challenges that today’s economy poses for retirement savers.  

Small businesses have been tested by the economic effects of the pandemic. According to a recent survey by the NFIB Research Center, more than half of small businesses believe it will be sometime in 2021 before the U.S. small business climate returns to normal. 

“We understand that many small businesses have been especially hard hit by the pandemic and resulting economic conditions,” said Kent Callahan, Chief Executive Officer for Transamerica’s Workplace Solutions division. “Transamerica has the tools to help small businesses and their employees manage their retirement goals, and we are taking action today to help these employers and their employees better navigate investing in uncertain times.” 

“We have been hearing directly from retirement plan participants about their increased need for support with investment decisions during this unprecedented year,” Mr. Callahan added. For participants in qualifying small business retirement plans, Transamerica is offering this new, fee-waived opportunity to experience the support of professional investment selection and ongoing investment allocation services for up to six months (180 days) during 2020 and 2021.  

Transamerica is enabling participants to receive personalized, fee-waived investment advice through Transamerica’s Managed Advice® service, along with access to one-on-one support from qualified Transamerica Investment Adviser Representatives. Managed Advice®  is designed to provide participants with professional asset allocation services throughout up and down markets, to and through retirement. After six months, regular asset-based fees will apply for the Managed Advice® service for less than the average cost of an independent financial advisor, as reported by Advisory HQ’s Average Financial Advisor Fees in 2020. Participants maintain the freedom to opt out of the Managed Advice®  service at any time.

For small business employers that bring the organization’s retirement plan to Transamerica by December 31, 2020, Transamerica will offer certain fee waivers or credits to the plan sponsor through the end of first quarter, 2021, when the qualifying retirement plan is implemented with Transamerica. For example, Transamerica will make the plan’s transition easier by providing critical employee communications with waived fees to help onboard the retirement plan and its participants to Transamerica by March 31, 2021.  

Transamerica is also extending its small business initiative to the independent third party administrator (TPA) firms that provide administration and/or compliance services to the plan. Because many of these third party administration firms are small businesses, Transamerica will support these TPA firms with a marketing allowance of up to $1,000 in order to help the TPAs grow their own businesses.  

“We appreciate that our TPA business associates are an integral part of delivering professional services to these small business plans,” Mr. Callahan noted. “We are dedicated to helping TPAs invest in and expand their companies.” For a retirement plan committing to Transamerica by year-end 2020 and onboarding its participants in first quarter, 2021, the plan’s TPA, in turn, will receive a first-quarter marketing allowance up to $1,000 from Transamerica that can help enable the TPA’s future growth.  

In addition to today’s announcement, earlier this year when the federal CARES Act was enacted, Transamerica demonstrated its support for retirement plans of all sizes by: 

  • Waiving all retirement plan fees associated with coronavirus-related distributions to aid coronavirus-impacted employees;  
  • Establishing a dedicated team to support participants who are considering accessing their longterm retirement savings to meet their short-term financial challenges related to the coronavirus; and
  • Waiving any plan amendment fees needed to implement federal CARES Act provisions for plan sponsors using Transamerica’s pre-approved document.  “Transamerica has an enduring commitment to helping people save for a secure retirement,” Mr. Callahan continued. “We stand ready to support our customers with the tools to plan for a secure future when they need us the most.”  

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