Transamerica Selected as Registrar for Franklin Templeton Group Retirement Plan Solution

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BALTIMORE, December 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Transamerica has been selected by Franklin Templeton as archivist for a new pension plan solution. The Franklin Templeton Group Plan Solution is offered exclusively by Franklin Templeton and was created for employers who want group rates and access to services not always available, especially for small businesses.

“We believe that every American worker and household should have the right to experience financial well-being throughout every phase of life and access to a workplace pension plan is a critical step in achieving this. “, said Yaqub Ahmed, Head of Retirement, Insurance & 529 – US at Franklin Templeton. “In this strategic partnership, we look forward to giving finance professionals a retirement plan offering for small and medium-sized businesses that has benefits similar to those many larger-scale plans can offer. “

Under the arrangement, Transamerica will act as the archivist for these pension plans. In addition, DWC – The 401 (k) Experts will provide 3 (16) Plan Administrator Trustee Services, and LeafHouse Financial will be the 3 (38) Investment Trustee.

“We congratulate Franklin Templeton on his forward-thinking strategy to expand pension coverage in the workplace. This solution allows employers to offload the responsibility of typical day-to-day tasks on DWC, saving time for their human resources departments. Assistance includes approving distributions and loans, and monitoring plan eligibility, ”said Darren zino, Senior Managing Director of US Retirement Distribution at Transamerica. “This solution gives employers access to occupational benefit plan services that they might not otherwise be able to afford. Transamerica is honored to be a part of this new solution, and we look forward to working with DWC and LeafHouse Financial to provide the best possible service to Franklin Templeton Pension Plan clients.

“We are excited to leverage our successful Transamerica and DWC defined contribution service model by creating a personalized investment advisor solution with Franklin Templeton,” said Keith clark, Managing Partner at DWC. “Lori Reay, a partner at DWC has spent a significant amount of time working with LeafHouse, Transamerica and Franklin Templeton, ensuring this is a competitive solution for the small and medium plan market. “

“We believe that this collaboration between Franklin Templeton, Transamerica and LeafHouse offers a high-end service with a competitive price that allows the advisor to remain at the center of the customer relationship,” added Todd Kading, President of LeafHouse Financial.

To learn more about the Franklin Templeton Group Plan Solution, please contact a Franklin Templeton Retirement Advisor at (800) 530-2432.

About Transamerica
With a history stretching back over 100 years, Transamerica is recognized as a leading provider of life insurance, retirement and investment solutions, serving millions of clients around the world. United States. Recognizing the need for health and wellness during the peak period of working life, the dedicated professionals at Transamerica strive to help people take the necessary steps to live better today so they can worry less about tomorrow. Transamerica serves almost all customer segments, offering a wide range of quality life insurance and investment products, individual and group retirement plans, as well as asset management services. In 2020, Transamerica kept its promises to its customers by paying more than $ 49 billion in insurance, pension and annuity claims and benefits, including the reimbursement of annuity premiums paid by the client. The head office of Transamerica is located at Baltimore, Maryland, with other major operations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Denver, Colorado. Transamerica is part of the Aegon group of companies. Situated at the Netherlands, Aegon is a diversified financial services group focused on providing investment, protection and retirement solutions. For the whole of 2020, Aegon managed more than $ 1.1 trillion in income-generating investments. For more information, visit www.transamerica.com.

The group plan solution is not a multi-employer plan (MEP). Unlike an MEP, certain plan qualification requirements and ERISA are enforced at the individual plan level. An employer participating in the plan retains certain fiduciary responsibilities, including the responsibility to retain and supervise the plan administrator 3 (16), to determine the reasonableness of its fees and to periodically review the plan as a whole. Transamerica is not acting as Plan 3 (16) trustee.

Before adopting a plan, promoters should carefully consider all the benefits, risks and costs associated with a plan. The information about the pension plans is general and does not constitute legal or tax advice. Pension plans are complex and the federal and state laws or regulations on which they are based vary for each type of plan and are subject to change. In addition, certain products, investment vehicles and services may not be available or appropriate in all workplace pension plans. Plan sponsors and administrators may wish to seek the advice of legal or tax advisors to resolve their particular circumstances.

Securities offered through Transamerica Investors Securities Corporation (TISC), member of FINRA, 440 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, New York 10528. Transamerica is not affiliated with Franklin Templeton or DWC, or their subsidiaries or affiliates.

Transamerica is not affiliated with Franklin Templeton or DWC, or their subsidiaries or affiliates.

About Franklin Templeton
Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating under the Franklin Templeton name and serving clients in over 165 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better results through their investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialized investment managers, the company brings extensive capabilities in equities, fixed income, multi-asset solutions and alternatives. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the Californiabased company has over 70 years of investment experience and more $ 1.5 trillion in assets under management at October 31, 2021. For more information, please visit franklintempleton.com.

About DWC
DWC serves more than 2,500 customers across the country. They range in size from single-member defined benefit plans to complex 401 (k) plans with several thousand employees. They come from all industries, from residential construction and work practices to rocket scientists, literally.

About LeafHouse Financial
LeafHouse is a one-stop investment manager specializing in providing plan-level fiduciary services. Its objective is to provide quality investment services to defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) pension plans that incorporate the principles of fiduciary management and the best practices of the ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Securities Act). ) for sponsors of member-directed pension plans.

Its program includes a comprehensive and systematic process that enables LeafHouse to document and prudently select, value and monitor funds using generally accepted investment principles and modern portfolio theories widely accepted in academia. The fund assessment and monitoring methodology provides a consistent and documented process for fulfilling fiduciary obligations. This process was designed to allow LeafHouse to make investment decisions solely in the best interests of plan members and their beneficiaries.

LeafHouse provides quality investment services and offers the highest degree of fiduciary protection against legal challenges, regulatory uncertainty and market volatility. We ensure transparency of fees and avoid or mitigate conflicts of interest.

LeafHouse is a registered investment advisor. Registration does not imply a certain level of skills or training. More information about the company, including its investment strategies and objectives, can be found in the company’s ADV Part 2, which is available, free of charge, upon request. Their ADV Form contains information regarding LeafHouse Financial’s business practices and the backgrounds of our key personnel.

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