What is fee levelization?

A fee collection method that allows retirement plan fees (i.e., recordkeeping, participant services, compliance, etc.) to be shared equally among ALL participants no matter which investments are selected or revenue provided.

Follow these three steps to optimize your fee levelization process

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Understand the revenue sharing landscape and how to approach clients/prospects

For a quick and easy way to explain fee levelization, share these videos with plan sponsors. Feel free to go into more detail on each option if needed.

See highlights of the Fee Levelization — Advisor Insights Study

How to explain fee levelization to clients:

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Zero revenue sharing investment options

Zero revenue sharing through fee credits

Revenue sharing with fee adjustments

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Understand the revenue sharing landscape and how to approach clients/prospects

For a quick and easy way to explain fee levelization, share these videos with plan sponsors. Feel free to go into more detail on each option if needed.

See highlights of the Fee Levelization — Advisor Insights Study
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Tee up the conversation

Then, educate your clients/prospects on retirement plan fee levelization options and considerations. It’s easy. Consider sharing the PowerPoint below to help kick off things. Or check out some of the other tools/resources below, including the "What's all the buzz about leveling retirement plan fees" white paper.

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Select an option and document it in a fee policy statement

A fee policy statement provides guidelines for your clients to help them monitor their retirement plan fees and expenses with service providers on a regular basis. By doing this, your clients can better manage their related fiduciary duties. See the template below to create a fee policy statement for all your clients.

Need some help with your conversations? Use these resources.

For you

Understanding fees case study

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How one advisor delivered quantifiable results — on fees/fee levelization — and earned his client’s trust.
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Whitepaper

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Illustrates how each option works and outlines best practices for setting up a prudent process.
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Fee levelization blogger:
Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller
Follow Andy Miller’s blog to get the latest insights and commentary on fee levelization.
Go to Andy's blog

Case studies

Conversations case study

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Highlights how an advisor is teeing up fee levelization conversations with prospective clients … and winning their plans.
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Plan sponsor case study

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Learn how Access Intelligence levelized 401(k) plan administrative fees for its active 401(k) participants.
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Use with plan sponsors

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More plan sponsor resources

Comparison flier

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Show your clients the differences between some of the most common fee levelization options.
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Plan sponsor case study

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Learn how Access Intelligence levelized 401(k) plan administrative fees for its active 401(k) participants.
See the case study

Plan sponsor presentation

Plan sponsor event presentation
This presentation can be used if you’re hosting a plan sponsor event.
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Sample fee policy statement

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Use this template to create a fee policy statement for all your clients.
Go to the fee policy statement

Fee levelization blogger:
Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller
Follow Andy Miller’s blog to get the latest insights and commentary on fee levelization.
Go to Andy's blog

Use with participants

Participant presentation

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This presentation can be used if you’re hosting a participant event.
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