Independent broker dealers and their advisors are always searching for a simple way to do fee-based retirement plans – especially 401k plans. Technology is now allowing for many retirement plan services to be completely online. Summit Brokerage Services, an independent broker dealer located in Boca Raton, Florida has adopted one of the leading fee-based 401(k) service providers – ePlan Services.
ePlan Services works exclusively with independent broker dealers and does not offer their services to wirehouse brokerage firms. By working only with independent broker dealers, ePlan Services fully understands the unique challenges facing independent financial advisors.
ePlan Services provides innovative solutions for the design, provision and management of employer-sponsored retirement plans. Their mission is to help independent financial advisors win new business and deepen their existing client relationships by focusing on effective retirement solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses.
ePlan Services’ proprietary software applications have an unparalleled ability to provide cost-effective solutions, for both independent financial advisors and their employer clients. In addition, ePlan Services’ unique suite of applications enables independent financial advisors to determine the appropriate level of outsourcing, from a bundled outsource solution to simple transaction management services.
Since 1999, ePlan Services has been establishing its reputation and demonstrating its leadership in the market for fee-based, open architecture 401(k) products. As such, ePlan Services is one the largest fee-based retirement plan provider in the U.S., as measured by number of plans. In addition, ePlan Services is among the fastest growing 401(k) service providers in the country – based upon numbers of plans sold annually. In fact, ePlan Services has been a five-time honoree on Inc. magazine’s prestigious “Inc. 5000” list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. But perhaps most notably, ePlan Services has grown entirely through organic sales – never through acquisition.
There are many factors that have contributed to the extraordinary growth and success of ePlan Services over the years, but view the following as their five key competitive advantages:
- ePlan Services does not have any account minimums
- ePlan Services’ service commitment has resulted in a 95% client retention rate over the past three years.
- ePlan Services operates completely on proprietary technology, so it simply has greater flexibility and control over its platform.
- ePlan Services has taken full disclosure and fee transparency to the unprecedented level, including the complete tracking and reporting of mutual fund concessions on quarterly plan statements.
- ePlan Services is an open architecture investment provider, which allows small businesses to access investment options, including managed accounts and share classes, that historically have been off limits to small business employers.
As a full service record-keeper and administrator, ePlan Services combines a unique organizational structure with unrivaled technology and experienced personnel – to deliver exceptional services to independent financial advisors and clients. Today, ePlan Services supports nearly 4,000 retirement advisors, from over 100 different independent broker dealers – through their various programs and partnerships. Lastly, ePlan recordkeeps over $1.1 billion in plan assets, 93,000+ plan participants in over 4,100 plans.
For more information on Summit Brokerage Services, visit www.joinsummit.com or contact us at (800) 354-5528.