401(k) providers charging higher fees to small businesses owners

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Keeping 401k fees low for small businesses

America's Best 401k CEO Tom Zgainer on why financial companies charge small businesses more than they charge larger corporations.

Small business owners have a tough time setting up retirement plans for their employees as they face higher fees than larger corporations.

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However, America’s Best 401K is disrupting the retirement savings business by offering a low-cost investment strategy for small business owners.

“The financial services industry doesn’t want to offer those plans to small business because they can’t make a buck on it,” CEO Tom Zgainer said.

Zgainer said small business owners have been told they don’t qualify for low cost investments. In addition, more than 70% of 401(k) participants are unaware they are paying excessive fees.

“What we see are these companies that have 1.5% to 3% in investor-related fees that are essentially devastating,” he said.

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America’s Best 401K has developed a plan that keeps investment-related fees at a lower rate while removing the fiduciary liabilities of the sponsored plan. According to Zgainer, the plan allows businesses to provide one-to-one advice with participants.

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