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Plan sponsors warm to automatic features as rule changes await

October 1, 2007

Automatic features are gaining momentum in the 401(k) arena, according to financial advisers. Automatic enrollment in defined contribution plans and automatic escalation of participants' pretax dollars were given new life by the Pension Protection...

401(k) fee disclosure garners attention from Congress

October 1, 2007

New legislation is being written as congressional interest in 401(k) fee disclosure rules heats up in advance of a round of hearings set for this week. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., has scheduled a hearing...

401(k)'s a boon to low-income workers

September 12, 2007

A study released today by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute shows that the Pension Protection Act of 2006 will result in a significant increase in 401(k) accumulations — particularly for low-income workers. The study predicts...

Congressman to launch 401(k) disclosure plan

September 5, 2007

More voices are joining the discussion of how best to disclose the costs of 401(k) plans to the employees who participate in those plans, according to Financial Week. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee,...

Financial advisers likely to increase role as fiduciaries for 401(k)s, study finds

August 20, 2007

WASHINGTON — More financial advisers will specialize in becoming fiduciary advisers who work with 401(k) plans in coming years, according to a retirement executive who worked on a white paper on the issue. The Pension Protection Act of 2006...

Smallish 401(k) accounts said to get little support

August 6, 2007

NEW YORK — Retirement is already scary for both near-retirees on a tight budget and their planners, but these clients may warrant a second look, advisers said. On average, a 60-year-old with at least 30 years on the job had socked away $193,701...

401(k) holders see robust rise in accounts

July 31, 2007

The average account balance for American workers who consistently held 401(k) accounts from 1999 to 2006 increased at an annual rate of 8.7%, according to a study released today. The study released by the Washington-based Employee Benefit Research...

401(k) sponsors want auto features

July 30, 2007

About 75% of advisers said they are working with plan sponsors in 401(k) plans that plan to add an automatic enrollment feature within the next two years, according to a new study. One of the biggest changes occurring in the retirement marketplace...

401(k) disclosure legislation introduced

July 26, 2007

A bill that would increase disclosures about 401(k) retirement plans should be put on hold, according to the American Benefits Council, until the Department of Labor finishes its disclosure proposals. This morning, House Education and Labor...

Plan sponsors embrace default investment alternatives

July 23, 2007

CHICAGO — While the Department of Labor has yet to issue final regulations on default options for 401(k) plans, many companies are jumping ahead and incorporating a qualified default investment alternative into their retirement plans. The 2006...

Uniform 401(k) disclosure urged

July 20, 2007

Participants in 401(k)s should get concise annual summaries of investment, administrative and total plan asset expenses, according to the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries of Arlington, Va. “Even if a participant knows where...

RIAs gaining in market for small 401(k)s

July 16, 2007

CHICAGO — Registered investment advisers are the fastest-growing distribution channel for mutual-fund-based small-business 401(k)s. Starting from a small base, they are adding assets at the rate of about 14% a year, according to Boston-based...

Employers continue to close, freeze plans

July 10, 2007

Two-thirds of defined benefit pension sponsors have either closed their plans to new hires or have frozen such pensions for all participants in the last two years. This, according to a study by the non-partistan Washington-based Employee Benefit...

Savings-minded superhero wins Emmys

June 18, 2007

A series of animated public service announcements starring “Savingsman” and his canine companion "401k-9" won three Emmy awards this weekend. On Saturday, the National Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences...

ETF giant launches 401(k) plan invasion

June 11, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — With help from Barclays Global Investors, a California 401(k) record keeper has created a new platform intended to break the mutual fund stranglehold on the 401(k) market. BenefitStreet Inc. announced the launch of its platform...

401(k) record keepers launch CIKR

June 5, 2007

A group of independent 401(k) plan record keepershave formed a new organization called the Council of Independent 401(k) Recordkeepers. The goal of this Arlington, Va.-based organization is to educate and advocate about issues relevant to independent...

Life cycle portfolios catching on in variable products

June 4, 2007

CHICAGO — Life cycle fever seems to be spreading from 401(k) plans to variable annuities. At ING Variable Annuities, for instance, assets in LifeStyle portfolios — which were introduced as ING-managed subaccounts in mid-2004 — reached $8...

Trade groups facing off over stable-value funds

June 4, 2007

WASHINGTON — The Investment Company Institute last week fought back against the life insurance industry’s attempt to get stable-value funds included as 401(k) default investment options. In a letter to Susan Dudley, administrator of the Office...

Auto-enrollment eyed for federal workers

June 4, 2007

BOSTON — A retirement savings plan that covers more than 3.7 million federal workers may take a page from an increasing number of corporate 401(k) plan sponsors and institute automatic enrollment. If adopted, auto-enrollment would mean that...

New 401(k) platform features iShares

May 29, 2007

A new 401(k) retirement plan solution featuring iShares exchange traded funds from Barclays Global Investors of San Francisco is now available to plan sponsors and independent advisers. BenefitStreet Inc., a San Ramon, Calif.-based 401(k) record...

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