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Shifting DCIO distribution offers opportunity for 401(k) advisers

July 19, 2017

In the large defined-contribution-plan market — the realm of plans larger than $1 billion — the norm is for money managers to sell directly to plan sponsors and work cooperatively with the plan's consultants. For smaller plans, the defined...

Managed accounts look attractive to 401(k) advisers, but how do you measure performance?

July 18, 2017

For 401(k) advisers, managed accounts are a tough nut to crack. On one hand, many advisers believe managed accounts will compete with target date funds as the most popular type of default investment option in 401(k) plans as soon as they become...

Appointing and monitoring a 401(k) investment manager under ERISA

July 13, 2017

Employee-benefit attorneys advising retirement plan sponsors frequently mention that plan fiduciaries are not liable for the acts or omissions of an appointed investment manager, and aren't obligated to invest or otherwise manage plan assets...

American Airlines reaches $22 million settlement in 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit

July 11, 2017

American Airlines Inc. has agreed to settle a 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit for $22 million, one of the largest monetary settlements reached in similar class-action litigation. Plaintiffs brought the suit, Main et al v. American Airlines Inc....

Fund manager MFS sued for self-dealing in its 401(k) plans

July 10, 2017

MFS Investment Management has been sued for self-dealing in its company 401(k) plans, becoming the latest fund firm to be targeted for stocking its retirement plan primarily with proprietary investments. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Velazquez...

5 ways to ensure an HSA isn't subject to ERISA

July 7, 2017

Health savings accounts are swelling in popularity, and their growth could accelerate, depending on the fate of health-care changes currently being debated on Capitol Hill. Retirement plan advisers have taken notice: Observers say that lawmakers'...

How did the DOL fiduciary rule change the world for 401(k) advisers?

July 6, 2017

With all the talk and activity around the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, you might have imagined a dramatically different world for advisers when they came to work June 9, the rule's official implementation date. But, for the vast majority...

Fidelity, American Century adopting new TDF fee tactic as cost pressures grow

July 5, 2017

Two of the largest managers of target-date-fund assets, Fidelity Investments and American Century Investments, are changing how they assess fees in the multi-asset funds, at a time of heightened cost scrutiny and as TDFs capture an increasing...

Oregon becomes first state to launch auto-IRA program

July 5, 2017

Oregon has become the first state to launch an automatic-enrollment, payroll-deduction IRA program, known as an "auto-IRA," for private-sector workers. It brings to fruition a concept that's been discussed among policymakers for more than a...

The top 5 mistakes made by 401(k) plan sponsors

July 5, 2017

As a retirement plan consultant, I have come across many plan sponsors that have inadvertently made mistakes in their 401(k) plans. Most have just never had anyone show them how to correctly administer a 401(k), or they have so much on their...

Waddell & Reed latest active fund manager sued for 401(k) self-dealing

June 28, 2017

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc., which sponsors the Waddell & Reed and Ivy-branded investment funds, has been sued for self-dealing in its own 401(k) plan, joining a string of other asset managers to have been targeted recently for similar allegations....

LPL provides clarity on rule preventing hybrid RIAs from making 401(k) rollover recommendations as a broker

June 26, 2017

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story indicated that LPL's memo represented a new policy when in fact it reinforced an existing policy. LPL Financial, the largest independent broker-dealer in the U.S., is no longer allowing hybrid...

Voya's win in 401(k) fee suit involving Financial Engines bodes well for other record keepers

June 22, 2017

The dismissal of a lawsuit against Voya Financial Inc. for its relationship with 401(k) robo-adviser Financial Engines could be a harbinger of success for other major retirement-plan record keepers locked in similar legal battles. Judge Lorna...

Collective investment trusts getting more attention from 401(k) advisers

June 21, 2017

Mutual funds hold the lion's share of 401(k) assets, but another investment vehicle -— collective investment trusts — are quickly emerging as a contender. Indeed, among the largest 401(k) plans, or those with more than $1 billion in assets,...

Market forces could cause fundamental changes to small and midsize 401(k) markets

June 21, 2017

For years, experts have predicted the small-plan 401(k) market would have to change. Although prices have come down, they are still high when compared with larger plans, and the market is rife with inefficiencies. However, a series of dramatic...

Putnam, Fidelity win respective 401(k) lawsuits

June 20, 2017

Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments have prevailed in separate legal fights centering on their fiduciary duty to retirement plans, at a time when financial services companies are increasingly being targeted for 401(k) self-dealing. A...

New York Life's MainStay lays off defined-contribution wholesalers amid challenging market

June 16, 2017

MainStay Investments, the mutual fund and exchange traded fund distribution arm of New York Life Insurance Co., has laid off some of its wholesalers calling on retirement plan advisers and consultants, as the defined contribution market grows...

Capital Group, the sponsor of American Funds, sued for self-dealing in its 401(k) plan

June 15, 2017

The recent lawsuit lodged against The Capital Group Companies Inc. for alleged self-dealing in the company's 401(k) plan is one of several similar legal battles being waged with large asset managers, and could prove difficult for plaintiffs...

The little-known alternative to multiple employer plans gaining popularity with advisory firms

June 13, 2017

Multiple employer plans have become a hot topic in retirement-plan circles of late. MEPs allow small employers to pool their buying power and achieve the lower costs otherwise reserved for larger-plan counterparts. Some eye them as a way to...

$470M retirement-focused RIA joins LPL

June 13, 2017

A hybrid registered investment advisory shop overseeing roughly $470 million in qualified retirement plan assets has affiliated with LPL Financial as its broker-dealer. The firm, Black Box Pension Advocates, which is located in Solon, OH, was...

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