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Minisink Valley CSD 403(b) Plan Review

Before You Sign On The Dotted Line, Do Your Homework

A 403(b) plan can be an excellent way to save money for retirement. It can serve as a supplement to your NYSTRS pension plan. But choosing the right 403(b) retirement plan can be overwhelming especially if you work in a school district.

In this article, we aim to provide a comprehensive overview of Minisink Valley CSD’s 403(b) Plan & Provider options. If necessary, please read our 403b Basics article.

Let’s get started!


Minisink Valley 403b Plan Review

Minisink Valley is part of OMNI’s Preferred Provider Program (P3) which allows you to choose your 403(b) provider from a list of pre-selected Providers / Investment Companies.

Minisink Valley currently has 12 403b Providers listed at OMNI, each with their own account options, pricing structures, fees and investment products for you to sift through.

Generally, Providers offer access to their investment products in three different ways:

  1. Via In-House Professionals:

    The investment products offered by these Providers are accessed through a financial professional. Typically to access an annuity or mutual fund from these Providers you would work with a financial professional that is an employee of the Provider. Most of these companies only offer their proprietary investment products.

  2. Via Independent financial professionals:

    The investment products offered by these Providers are accessed through a financial professional like K-12 Financial Advisors. These Providers typically do not sell through in-house employees but rely on independent financial professionals to market their annuities and/or mutual fund products. Independent financial professionals often have relationships and experience with multiple, but not all, Providers.

  3. Direct to Plan Participants (DIY):

    The investment products offered by these Providers generally are accessed directly by plan participants. Typically, participants work directly with these Providers and do not work through a financial professional.


Below, are 12 Minisink Valley 403b Providers with links to provider details. We have tried to provide more informative links about each Provider than are currently available on OMNI’s 403(b) Plan Detail page.

Grandfathered Funds

The following Investment Providers are no longer authorized to establish new accounts for this plan. Employees currently contributing to one of these Investment Providers may continue their contributions without interruption.

AIG/American General **

Fidelity Management Trust **

Putnam Investments **


So how do you choose a 403(b) Provider that’s right for you?

Comparing 12 Minisink Valley 403b Providers, analyzing the pricing structures, and finding any hidden fees is no small task. But it is essential to make an informed decision because your selection WILL affect your retirement account in the future.

Our 5-step Teachers Shopping Guide is a user-friendly guide that covers many of these topics.


We can help.

K-12 Financial Advisors aims to help teachers make the most of their money and utilize their finances to live exceptional lives. We’d love to hear from you and provide more information on how we can help with your financial planning whether it be retirement, insurance, student loans, or other important financial matters.

If you’re suffering from the paradox of too much choice, or if you have questions about your plan and the fees you might be paying, please drop us a note.

If you have recently retired or are terminating employment with the Minisink Valley Central School District, then you have some important decisions to make about your investment allocations. Contact us today to get started on your complimentary portfolio review.

I am an independent advisor committed to the fiduciary standard, and I don’t earn commissions from the recommendations that I make to clients.

Our firm has agreements with Orion Portfolio Services & Aspire Financial who are available on the Minisink Valley 403b Omni Provider list and I offer prospective clients a complimentary portfolio review. This is where we look over your plan, discuss your needs, and identify the investments that are the right fit for you.

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Investing in mutual funds and variable annuities involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

This material was created for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as ERISA, tax, legal or investment advice. If you are seeking investment advice specific to your needs, such advice services must be obtained on your own separate from this educational material.

Warwick Valley Financial Advisors and LPL Financial are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Minisink Valley CSD.