PORTLAND, Ore., August 11, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Standard has introduced seven new products and services to its retirement plan recordkeeping business, including Pooled Employer Plans, Automated Clearing House electronic loan repayment and a unique practice to return foreign tax credits to participant accounts. The enhanced offerings follow The Standard’s recent acquisition of Securian Financial’s retirement plan recordkeeping business.
“We’ve brought together the best of both organizations — Securian and The Standard — to deliver a comprehensive suite of differentiated products and services,” said Jason Burlie, head of retirement plan sales for The Standard.
Here are the details about the company’s newest products and services:
Pooled Employer Plans
The Standard now offers Pooled Employer Plans, or PEPs, to make retirement plan adoption more accessible and attractive to businesses of all sizes. With a PEP, employers can outsource certain tasks, including plan sponsorship, to the pooled plan provider. The benefits are real-time savings and risk mitigation, along with a competitive benefit for their employees.
ACH Loan Repayment*
The company has added electronic loan repayments to its platform. This service allows payments via the ACH process. For employers, the ACH payment process means less work for their human resources and payroll departments. For participants, the process makes it easy to set up payments from their personal bank accounts.
Foreign Tax Credits
The company has adopted a unique practice to return foreign tax credits to participant retirement accounts. For the 2022 tax year, it will return $2.7 million in foreign tax credits. This practice can lower separate account expenses, which can lead to increased performance for those investments receiving the credits.
The Standard has increased financial wellness resources for participants by partnering with EnrichTM. (More information below.) The online platform offers personalized and interactive experiences that cover a range of financial needs. The company offers this service at no extra cost to employers or participants.
The Standard’s new Step-Up Savings service helps boost retirement savings with automatic annual contribution rate increases. The optional service is available at no extra cost to employers or participants.
Resources for Spanish Speakers
The company is increasing accessibility for Spanish-speaking customers to help them take full advantage of their plans. Beginning in September 2023, users of The Standard’s online Personal Savings Center can get essential information in English and Spanish.
TargetAge® and Target RiskTM Portfolios*
The company has added new TargetAge and Target Risk portfolios to its platform, available at no extra cost. (More information below.) These investment models use existing plan investments to create diversified asset allocations for participants.
About The Standard
The Standard is a family of businesses dedicated to helping our customers achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. In business since 1906, we are a leading provider of financial products and services for groups and individuals. Our products include group and individual disability insurance, group life, dental and vision insurance, voluntary (employee-paid) benefits, paid family leave and absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit standard.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries. StanCorp Equities, Inc., member FINRA, wholesales a group annuity contract issued by Standard Insurance Company and a mutual fund trust platform for retirement plans. Standard Retirement Services, Inc., provides financial recordkeeping and plan administrative services. Investment advisory services are provided by StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., a registered investment advisor. StanCorp Equities, Inc., Standard Insurance Company, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., and StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., are subsidiaries of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and all are Oregon corporations.
*May not be available to existing clients
Enrich provides educational resources that may be relevant for you to consider as you plan your financial wellness journey. None of the resources referenced herein is intended as a financial plan, financial advice or a recommendation to take specific action. You should consult with an appropriately licensed financial professional for financial advice and planning.
Enrich is not affiliated with StanCorp Financial Group or any of its subsidiaries.
TargetAge allocation portfolios, which are built from the plan’s available investment options, are based on generally accepted investment principles and consider an investor’s investment time horizon. The TargetAge allocation progressively becomes weighted toward fixed-income investment options. The glide path for this allocation portfolio, which is located on our website or may be provided at your request, will provide you with the age the final allocation is established.
Target Risk Portfolios allow individuals to determine how their account is invested by choosing from various pre-mixed portfolios, which are built from the plan’s available investment options and considers investors’ risk tolerance and investment objectives only. Each portfolio is diversified with varying quantities of stock and fixed income investment options based on generally accepted investment principles. Target Risk Portfolios are based on the historic volatility of the asset classes represented in the allocations.
These portfolios are not guaranteed and may increase or decrease in value. Neither asset allocation nor diversification guarantee against loss. They are methods used to manage risk. The specific plan investments used within the portfolios are subject to change at the discretion of the plan sponsor or due to the closing of an investment.
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