FPS Group has introduced updates and enhancements to its Investment Provider Xchange (IPX) platform, which supports registered investment advisers (RIAs) working in the 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plan markets.
As the firm explains, this IPX redesign “comes as the 403(b) market falls under increased criticism for its complex and costly offerings, while plan sponsor and participant calls for a more transparent, less unwieldy program have grown louder.”
According to FPS Group, as more advisers move away from commission-based products and seek opportunities to expand their businesses, IPX “removes barriers to entry in the 403(b) space by allowing RIAs to design their own investment solutions and have more control over participant accounts and outcomes.” Through IPX, RIAs gain increased access to participants, allowing them to communicate more efficiently and direct them toward the right solutions and products.
“The 403(b) space presents a complex landscape with countless products and advisers operating under an evolving regulatory environment. As a result, fee-only advisers have a hard time wrestling with the market,” says James Olson, managing director of FPS Group. “Our firm is deeply committed to the 403(b) space and there is an emerging opportunity for advisers who are willing and interested to engage in 403(b)s.”
Olson says IPX is “a modernization of traditional recordkeeping platforms that serve plans with multiple providers.” The solution was created following 2009 regulatory changes, which sought to structure the 403(b) offering similarly to the traditional 401(k) retirement savings vehicle.
“The industry is desperate for increased awareness and training around the 403(b) space, and the participant experience is undoubtedly improved by better equipping those who serve the plans,” Olson adds.
For more information on IPX, visit www.ipxplatform.com.