Ascensus, the nation’s largest independent recordkeeper and administrator for retirement plans in the micro- to large-market segments and a leading provider of regulatory expertise, plan document services and participant enrollment support, has enhanced its PrudentAdvisor(TM) and PrudentLink(TM) fee-based advisor retirement plan solutions with the addition of exchange traded funds (ETFs). Through this development, financial advisors and third party administrators have more investment options and increased flexibility to design a truly customized retirement program for their clients.
Unlike other defined contribution programs that offer ETFs, the Ascensus offering has several key distinctions. ETFs are available to plans of all sizes and can be offered in conjunction with a broad selection of mutual funds. In addition, ETFs are directly traded, allowing participants to own actual shares of the ETFs. Ascensus’ trade platform aggregates and nets trades before going to market, providing an innovative and cost-effective solution. Recognizing these advantages, iShares, a leading provider of ETFs, selected Ascensus as a Preferred Provider for advisors looking to use ETFs in 401(k) plans.