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eFiduciary Advisors (eFA) serves as a 3(38) investment fiduciary to oversee the plan’s investment menu giving you the expertise to maintain quality investments and meet ERISA standards. 3(38) Services Fact Sheet

Investment Policy

eFA provides a written Investment Policy Statement (IPS) to guide investment decisions.

Quarterly Monitoring

eFA monitors the investment lineup each quarter to ensure investments are meeting standards defined in the IPS.

Quarterly Reports

eFA provides you with quarterly plan investment reports that you and your advisor can review together.

Fund Replacements

If an investment fails to meet the IPS standards, eFA replaces investments as needed.
Financial advice is offered through eFiduciary Advisor, an SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

Core Investment Lineup

Participants can choose their own investment options and asset allocation from the following investments.

See important investment disclosures at the bottom of this page.

Managed Account Options

Launch401k offers three different managed account options to simplify and streamline participant investing. Employers and their investment advisors choose one of the following options.

DFA Target Date Funds

With Dimensional Fund Advisor’s (DFA) Target Date Funds, participants choose the fund corresponding to their age bracket. Dimensional manages the account, and over time, the investment emphasis shifts from income growth to income risk management.

StoryLine by Stadion

StoryLine, built with SPDR® ETFs, provides participants with a personalized investment experience considering variables unique to each participant. Stadion serves as a fiduciary, and acting in the best interest of participants is their number one priority.

Tandem ETF Portfolios

Keeping it Simple: Tandem ETF Portfolios consist of four risk-based asset allocation portfolios that invest mainly in ETFs. Each portfolio provides diversification across multiple asset classes consistent with an investor’s risk profile.

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Dimensional Target Date Option

Participants seeking a professionally managed solution can choose a Dimensional Target date option which offers the following benefits. Launch401k Brochure + Dimensional

Professional Money Management

Participants enjoy the benefits of having their account managed by a professional.

Manage Risk Through Retirement

Managed to reduce interest rate, market, and inflation risks up to and through retirement.

Retirement Income Planning

The investments are designed to help participants plan for and invest toward retirement income needs.

Asset Allocation Over Time

Over time, the investment emphasis shifts from income growth to income risk management.
Target Date Fund Disclosures.

Investments in target date funds are subject to the risks of their underlying funds, and asset allocations are subject to change over time in accordance with each fund’s prospectus. An investment in or retirement income from a target date portfolio is not guaranteed at any time, including on or after the target date. An investment in a target date portfolio does not eliminate the need for investors to decide—before investing and periodically thereafter—whether the portfolio fits their financial situation. Target Date Funds are designed to target a year in which an investor may withdraw funds for retirement or other purposes. For more information, please refer to the prospectus.

There is no guarantee this investment strategy will be successful, and it is possible to lose money with this investment. Investments in stocks and bonds are subject to risk of economic, political, and issuer-specific events that cause the value of these securities to fluctuate. International investments are subject to additional risks such as currency fluctuation, political instability and adverse economic conditions. Fixed income securities are subject to increased loss of principal during periods of rising interest rates and may be subject to various other risks, including changes in credit quality, liquidity, prepayments, and other factors. Inflation-protected securities may react differently from other debt securities to changes in interest rates.

The funds are offered in five-year increments, with the target date indicating when an investor may expect to retire and stop making contributions to the fund.

Available Investments and Performance History

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The target date funds are designed to be diversified1 across a mix of asset classes that include stocks and bonds. Over time, the investment emphasis shifts from income growth to income risk management.

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Early Working Years

In a participant’s early years, contributions are primarily invested in income-growth assets (a diversified portfolio of global equities and fixed income) expected to increase in value over time.
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Later Working Years

Later in a participant’s career, increases in income-growth assets are invested toward inflation-protected securities.
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Nearing Retirement

As a participant nears retirement, the investment focus shifts from income growth to income risk management with more assets invested in inflation-protected securities to manage future retirement income risk.
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In Retirement

When participants retire and begin spending their savings, the portfolio remains focused on income risk management assets to guard against risks like inflation and market downturns.
1Diversification does not eliminate the risk of market loss. For illustrative purposes only: Glide path based on expectation of the Dimensional Target Date Retirement Income Funds’ asset allocation changes over time. The actual asset allocations utilized by each fund may deviate from the allocations illustrated by this glide path. See other important investment disclosures at the bottom of this page.

The glide path informs each fund’s asset mix based on the specified date and investment objective. The funds farther from their target date have more assets invested in stocks, while the funds closer to retirement emphasize inflation-protected bonds.

Regular View

Dimensional has developed a retirement calculator that gives participants a sense of how much income their current savings may provide in retirement and enabling them to measure progress toward their goal.

StoryLine by Stadion

Stadion StoryLine is a professionally managed account solution. It starts with an important premise: Every company – and every employee in that company – has a unique story. And those stories should inform their retirement plan.  View StoryLine Website Launch401k Brochure + Stadion

Professional Money Management

StoryLine, built with cost-efficient SPDR® Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), provides a personalized investment experience considering variables unique to each participant, at no cost to the employer.

Customized Risk Management

StoryLine attempts to make retirement investing easy – no need for participants to research investments, select funds, or make decisions. StoryLine seeks to manage participant emotions and improve outcomes.

Hands-On Support

Stadion provides participants with live phone support to discuss investments. In addition, a Consultant can provide on-site enrollment support if requested.

Plan-Level Customization

StoryLine goes beyond simple risk and age-based assessments. Plan-level customization takes into account a company’s unique workforce, and participants further tailor their account with Stadion’s proprietary risk tolerance questionnaire.
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The S&P 500 Index is the Standard & Poor’s Composite Index of 500 stocks and is a widely recognized, unmanaged index of common stock prices. It is not possible to invest directly in indexes (like the S&P 500) which are unmanaged and do not incur fees and charges. Investments are subject to risk and any of Stadion’s investment strategies may lose money. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

StoryLine is a marketing term associated with investment advisory services and products provided by Stadion Money Management, LLC. Certain of the StoryLine accounts and funds utilize exchange-traded funds that bear the SPDR® trademark to implement Stadion’s investment strategy. Stadion receives both an annual payment and reimbursement for certain marketing and other assistance in connection with the StoryLine Accounts from State Street Global Advisors or its affiliates in connection with Stadion’s use of SPDR® ETFs in the StoryLine Accounts.

StoryLine is not managed, sponsored or endorsed by State Street Global Advisors or its affiliates and is not guaranteed by Stadion or its affiliates or by State Street Global Advisors or its affiliates. No party makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, regarding the advisability of investing in the StoryLine Accounts, including “StoryLine. Built with SPDR® ETFs.” State Street Global Advisors has no obligations to take into consideration the StoryLine Accounts or investors in the StoryLine Account when managing or creating SPDR® ETFs. Standard & Poor’s®, S&P®, S&P 500®, Standard & Poor’s 500, 500, Standard & Poor’s Depositary Receipts, and SPDRs® are trademarks of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and have been licensed for use by State Street Global Markets, LLC.

Standard & Poor’s®, S&P® and SPDR® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC(S&P); Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (Dow Jones); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (SPDJI) and sublicensed for certain purposes by State Street Corporation. State Street Corporation’s financial products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates and third-party licensors and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product(s) nor do they have any liability in relation thereto, including for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index.

StoryLine is built with SPDR® ETFs and portfolio allocations and glide paths are tailored at the company level and further refined at the participant level based on their age and risk tolerance questionnaire. Participant portfolios are constructed using the following underlying investments.

Underlying Investments and Performance History

See important investment disclosures at the bottom of this page.

StoryLine offers QDIA-eligible glide paths with a high level of customization for each company. Typical target-date solutions have a single, preset path. StoryLine provides employers with a range of glide paths that align to a variety of retirement goals and attitudes about risk.

Glide Path Examples

Below is an example of hypothetical glide paths for two different companies with different employee characteristics and behaviors.

Company A: Potential Default Path

Company A consists of employees that stay in the plan after retirement. Employees have a high level of investment knowledge, and the company also offers a pension plan. Company A’s potential default glide path is designed to serve as a growth-oriented complement to the pension plan and reflects a long-term view and greater risk appetite of its more sophisticated participants.

Company B: Potential Default Path

Company B consists of employees that mostly roll their money out of the plan upon retirement. There is a high turnover rate, and the company does not offer a pension plan. Company B’s potential default glide path focuses on growth as well, but aims to more carefully maintain the balances of less committed and less savvy participants over time and through varying market conditions.

Stadion Money Management is a privately owned money management firm based near Athens, Georgia. Since being founded in 1993, their goal has been to help investors – through their advisors or company retirement plans – protect and grow their “serious money.” That is, the money that absolutely must be there for the important long-term goals like retirement, education, and future family legacy.

Privately-Owned Money Management Firm
Founded Over 20 Years Ago
$3.3 Billion in Assets Under Management1
12th Largest U.S. ETF Strategist2
5th Largest U.S. Provider of 401(k) Managed Accounts3
1AUM as of 12/31/2017 2Source: Morningstar ETF Landscape Report 3Cerulli, 9/30/2017

Tandem ETF Portfolios

 

Participants seeking help from a professional money manager can choose one of Tandem’s four Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Portfolios. These portfolios include the following benefits:

Simple

With Tandem, investing is simple for employees. They choose a single, professionally-managed portfolio based on answers to a risk questionnaire they take during enrollment, and the Tandem team does the rest.

Balanced

Working within a proven investment discipline, each portfolio provides diversification across multiple asset classes consistent with an investor’s risk profile. They aim to provide sustainable returns without unnecessary risk.

Transparent

Using Exchange Traded Funds to construct portfolios increases transparency over traditional mutual funds. With ETFs, investors and asset managers know exactly what they hold, making investment decisions more precise.
Tandem Wealth Advisors

Tandem Wealth Advisors is a registered investment advisor. Information presented is for educational and informational purposes. Investments involve risk, such as the loss of principal, and are not guaranteed. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of any investment may fluctuate, and an investor’s shares may be worth more or less than the original cost at any given time or upon redemption. Before investing, investors should consider the investment objectives, expenses, and risks of a portfolio on their own or with the help of an investment professional.

Tandem ETF Portfolios consist of four risk-managed strategies that seek to balance short and long-term risk and achieve returns that are stable, understandable, and sustainable.

Tandem Conservative Portfolio

The Tandem Conservative Portfolio seeks to protect principal by investing in lower-risk securities with less fluctuation such as fixed income and money market securities. A smaller portion of the portfolio is invested in equities to help offset inflation.

Tandem Moderate Conservative Portfolio

The Moderate Conservative Portfolio seeks to protect a larger portion of the portfolios value, while taking on some risk with equity exposure for inflation protections. While still holding a portion of its assets in equities, a higher percentage in fixed income dampens short-term volatility, foregoing higher long-term returns for stability.

Tandem Moderate Portfolio

The Tandem Moderate Portfolio balances risk and return to provide both capital appreciation and interest income for long-term gains. This balanced portfolio is likely to entail fluctuations in value over short-term periods, but with less volatility than the overall equity market over long-term periods.

Tandem Moderate Aggressive Portfolio

The Tandem Moderate Aggressive Portfolio favors investors with the capacity to ride out volatility and variations in return to obtain long-term growth of capital. This allocation involves more risk, but not as much as a portfolio invested only in equities.

Tandem’s four continuously managed, risk-based portfolios help investors grow and shelter their retirement savings. The performance for each of these strategies is shown below.

Performance History

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Below are important disclosures about the investment information presented on this page.

Investment Chart Data Sources.

On the above chart, the columns for Investment Name, Morningstar Category, Inception Date, Expense Ratio and return information is provided by Morningstar, Inc.  The columns specifying QDIA as well as the list of funds is provided by eFiduciary Advisor.  ‘Principal Focused – Extended Duration’ investment option will have underlying fixed income investments with a longer average duration than a Cash Equivalent.

Stable Value and Fixed Income Disclosures.

Some Stable Value and Fixed Income Investment Options include restrictions at contract termination.  Plan Sponsors should carefully review product contracts for applicable limits, rules and payout options.

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