Wealth manager, Russ Bailyn, in his Financial Planning Blog asks employers to consider the benefits of a Roth 401(k). Russ looks at it from the standpoint of the employee. Ours is with the employer, and unfortunately, it’s been slow going with plan sponsors adding a Roth provision to their 401(k) plans available since 2006.
The big reason, we think, for employers to add Roth 401(k) is simply to allow employees to diversify. Just like allowing them to diversify their investments, a Roth 401(k) provides participants with an opportunity to diversify their future tax burden. Here is a link to our December 2006 Client Briefing, Roth 401(k): Giving Employees A Choice (PDF) that has FAQs on Roth.
And take a moment and check our Russ’ recent book, Navigating the Financial Blogosphere: How to Benefit from Free Information on the Internet, available at a virtual bookstore near you. (Full disclosure: we’re mentioned in the book but read the excellent reviews from others on Amazon).