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Putting Your Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan on the Path toward Success

We Aim to Build a Stronger Retirement Plan for Your Company in 5 Steps

CGO specializes in employer sponsored retirement plan programs and strategies. 

We are an independent financial services firm, which allows us to implement cost-effective and robust retirement plan solutions for our clients.
Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan

1. Plan Design

We help you define your retirement objectives and construct the optimal plan design for you to pursue these goals.

2. Vendor Selection

We help you find the right provider to fit the needs of your organization’s retirement plan.

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3. Fiduciary Guidance

Our firm can act as a 3(21) Fiduciary to your retirement plan. We will help you develop a prudent fiduciary process to select and monitor investment options.

We will also work with your plan committee to monitor provider fees and services for reasonableness.

4. Participant Education

• Employee enrollment assistance
• Quarterly participant newsletters 
• Financial education seminars
• Market updates/economic outlook
• Individual participant meetings

5. Ongoing Plan Monitoring

We’ll assist with managing the health and welfare of your plan over its lifetime, advising you on regulatory changes, program enhancements and investment due diligence.  


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2022 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Advisers of the Year

The 2022 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year award recognizes advisers that demonstrate leadership and a commitment to excellence for their retirement plan sponsor clients, participants and the industry at large. To qualify as a finalist in each of the six different categories (Plan Sponsor Service; Plan Participant Service; Mentorship; Efforts to Improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Community Impact and Giving Back; and Closing the Coverage Gap), advisers were selected using a qualitative and quantitative methodology. 

Advisers that are selected as finalists must have a significant majority of business revenue derived from employer-sponsored retirement plans; serve as a fiduciary; have regular service delivery and client contact; and be committed to fee-based compensation. Advisers are evaluated based on their answers to essay questions related to their practices and metrics related to the specific category in which they compete. Advisers are judged on a qualitative basis by a panel of judges including members of the PLANSPONSOR and PLANADVISER editorial teams and previous adviser winners of the award.  

In 2022, a total of 120 advisers and advisory practices were nominated. Of those, 25 (21%) were named as finalists for the award across the six categories. The PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year award, created and conducted by PLANADVISER, is not indicative of an investment adviser's future performance and no adviser pays, or is paid a fee, to take part in the program.

Top Retirement Plan Advisers 2024

2024 PLANADVISER Top Retirement Plan Advisers

The 2024 PLANADVISER Top Retirement Plan Advisers recognition is based solely on self-reported quantitative data about an adviser’s practice. To be included in this year’s list, advisers had to have a minimum of 50 plan clients or retirement plan assets under advisement of $400 million or more, as of year-end 2023. After meeting the minimum plan or asset count, advisers are also highlighted if they meet the following criteria: 91% -100% of clients that are 401(k) plan sponsors, or 10 or more 403(b), 457, nonqualified, DB, cash balance, SEP, SIMPLE or MEP/PEP plan clients. As this recognition is based solely on quantitative figures, there is no judging or subjective measurement, and it is not indicative of any adviser’s future performance. Neither advisory firms nor their employees pay a fee in exchange for this recognition. There were 296 applicants; 263 made the list.

NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams 2022

2022 NAPA Top DC Advisor Firms

Established in 2017, nominees had to be individual advisor team/offices with a defined contribution book of business. To be considered, firms had to submit responses to an application form, including information about their practices, notably their defined contribution (DC) assets under advisement. The list is created and conducted by the National Association of Plan Advisors, an affiliate organization of the American Retirement Association, a non-profit association. No fee is charged to participate. The rating is not indicative of the nominee’s future performance. Teams are ranked by assets under advisement, self-reported by advisor firm/teams. Approximately 300 submissions were received and 250 were selected.”

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The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors 2019

The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times (October 2019). The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in six primary areas: DC plan assets under management, DC plan growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials, and compliance record. Among the top factors in scoring, DC plan assets accounted for roughly 60 to 65 per cent of each adviser’s score, on average. Another 12 to 18 per cent of the score derived from the growth in the adviser’s DC business (as measured in both DC assets and number of DC plans advised). This year, to emphasize long-term client satisfaction, a three-year growth rate was used instead of the one- and two-year growth rates that were used in the past. Out of 700 applications; approximately 57% received the award. This honor is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401.


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