NNP IN THE NEWS: Jennings Craft Joins Nachman Norwood & Parrott

Jennings Craft has joined Nachman Norwood & Parrott Wealth Management Consultancy (NNP) as a Client Service Associate. A Cum Laude Graduate from University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, Jennings received a Bachelor of Science Business Administration degree in Accounting with a Finance cognate in May 2017.

The news of Jennings joining the NNP team was featured on UpstateBizSC.com.

Putting Clients First

Department of LaborThe Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule became effective on June 9, 2017. This rule requires financial firms to act in the best interest of clients when making recommendations in regards to retirement accounts.

As a recent article in Investment News* explains, this law is designed to stop advisors from putting their own interests in earning higher commission and fees over their clients’ interests, by obtaining the best investments at the lowest prices.

At Nachman Norwood & Parrott Wealth Management Consultancy (NNP), we support these measures which align with our longstanding commitment to putting our clients first.

Central to this ruling are the requirements to ensure greater transparency for retirement investors and to mitigate conflicting advice.

At NNP, we pledge to continue to:

  • Be prudent and transparent with client recommendation
  • Put our clients’ best interests ahead of our own
  • Keep fees and expenses reasonable
  • Not make misleading statements
  • Stay in regular contact with our clients

“This ruling, while significant, will not change the way we conduct business. NNP has always been diligent in ensuring we keep our clients’ best interests at the forefront, and we are pleased efforts have been made to make those practices the industry standard.” – Al Cannon, Managing Director at NNP

* http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20160509/FEATURE/160509939/the-dol-fiduciary-rule-will-forever-change-financial-advice-and-the

Do your employees understand their 401(k)?

Good employers are always striving to do the right things for their employees, and providing them with a retirement plan is a prime example of this. In addition to offering employer-provided benefits, like a 401(k) plan, it’s crucial that the company takes the time to educate their employees on these benefits.

There are a number of ways companies can educate employees on their 401(k) plan. Some ways include:

Inform new employees: provide information in employee handbooks or utilize payroll stuffers, flyers or posters around the office so new employees are aware the plan exists.

  • Explain the enrollment process: schedule enrollment meetings or provide enrollment books so employees can understand how to get started and how to choose the appropriate investments.
  • Discuss regularly: conduct annual or continuing education meetings that can be used to keep participants informed on how and why to save and invest.
  • Provide resources: share the 401(k) website with employees, which has many tools for investment planning and forecasting. Resources like this help employees understand when they can afford to retire. Share these tools through meetings, handouts or email.

Nachman Norwood & Parrott Walth Management Consultancy (NNP) understands the importance of education in retirement planning. Read what criteria companies must meet when offering a 401(k) plan and more information on how companies can educate their employees by downloading NNP’s second quarter newsletter on our website.

NNP IN THE NEWS: Fees vs Commissions

Fees or commissions? There is a vast difference of opinion among financial advisors regarding which is best. In the April 21 issue of the Upstate Business Journal, Nachman Norwood & Parrott Wealth Management Consultancy’s (NNP) Vice President, Maura Copsey, weighed in on understanding the difference and what you should take into consideration that aligns best with your financial goals.

There can be an appropriate time and a place for both fees or commissions; however, not fully understanding them could significantly impact your long-term outcome. Take time to learn more about understanding the costs to ensure your goals are aligned and headed in the right direction.

Read the full article on the Upstate Business Journal’s website. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a financial advisor at NNP to discuss what is best for your needs, call us at (864) 467-9800.

NNP IN THE NEWS: Bob Nachman Named Top 1200 Financial Advisor by Barron’s

Congratulations to Bob Nachman, Managing Director at Nachman Norwood & Parrott Wealth Management Consultancy (NNP), for being ranked among Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors in the country for 2017. Winner’s Circle, a Barron’s research organization, produced the rankings based on data provided by more than 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Among the factors taken into consideration for the rankings are assets under management, business production, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. The news of Bob Nachman’s recognition was featured in GSA Business Report and Greenville CEO.

The rankings are based on data provided by thousands of advisors. Factors included in the rankings were assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record and client retention.

Tax Deadlines

Tax season is upon us! Please remember that the team at Nachman Norwood & Parrott Wealth Management Consultancy (NNP) is here to help you. With your approval, we are happy to coordinate with your CPA to not only ensure timely delivery of your NNP tax information but to also collaborate on tax-saving strategies. We are ready to assist with any questions that may arise. Please let us know how we can help you!

Tax Deadline is April 18, 2017. You still have until that date to make a 2016 contribution to the following accounts: Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, Health Savings Account (HSA), and SC Future Scholar 529. Call us if you would like to discuss any last minute contributions; we are here to help.