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The Principal® Difference: Fiduciary Support

As a fiduciary, you need to:

  • Understand your responsibilities
  • Select and monitor investment options
  • Communicate and educate
  • Manage prudently

While The Principal can't assume the role of fiduciary on your retirement plan, we can help support you in a number of ways to make your role as a fiduciary easier.

We will help you understand your fiduciary responsibilities and give you tools and services to help complete the tasks at hand.

Understanding your responsibilities

You can use our Fiduciary Handbook to help you get familiar with your role and up-to-speed on the necessary responsibilities. View a sample (PDF: 198 KB). To view in its entirety, contact your representative from The Principal.

Annual fiduciary file

As a fiduciary, you are required to log your actions with regard to the retirement plan and keep a record of pertinent documents. To help you perform these tasks, each year we provide you with an Annual Fiduciary File (PDF: 380 KB) which includes helpful tools:

Select and monitor investment options

You are responsible for selecting and monitoring your organization's investment options. We offer a wide variety of investment options and the due diligence process. (PDF: 308 KB)

Guiding you through legislative changes

Interpreting retirement plan laws and regulations can be a confusing and time-consuming task, and the laws that govern retirement plans are constantly changing. You can rely on us to:

  • Analyze the legislation and help you understand what it all means
  • Advocate to help ensure regulations are feasible for you and sensible for your participants
  • Promote positive change through participation and leadership in industry trade organizations

Communicate and educate

We also help you communicate effectively with your participants/employees, by offering required participant communications, including:

  • Summary Plan Descriptions
  • Summary of Material Modifications
  • New materials for investment option changes
  • Assistance with or samples of most employee notices.

Prudent oversight and management

We perform standard plan compliance tests for you and help you correct any issues relating to these tests. Specifically, we provide the following testing for your approval, if needed:

  • Nondiscrimination (ADP/ACP)[1]
  • Top-heavy
  • 415 limits
  • Minimum coverage 410(b)

Form 5500 audit support

We offer extensive audit support (Form 5500), including:

  • Audit package
  • SAS 70 report
  • Audit support line
  • Summary annual report

If you team with a third-party administrator (TPA), we will work with your TPA on these services.

Have questions? Contact a local representative today for more information or to find a financial professional in your area.

ADP is not applicable for not-for-profit organizations.
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Need help understanding the complex rules governing qualified retirement plans?

View a sample of the Fiduciary Handbook.
(PDF: 198 KB)

Fiduciary Handbook
Investment Section

Want to know more about Investment selection and monitoring?

VideoWatch this short video.
(3.7 MB)

Have a question? Call us at 1.800.986.3343

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