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A turbulent decade for fund industry started off well

June 9, 2008

The mutual fund industry, buffeted by volatile markets, unprecedented scandals and new competition, has had a tough time over the past 10 years. The industry started off the decade looking good. More than 130 U.S. mutual funds — a record —...

Advisers' role evolves as 401(k) plans come to dominate

June 9, 2008

During the past decade, 401(k) plans have elbowed defined benefit plans to become the primary retirement vehicle for most Americans. A decade ago, 48% of employers provided DB pension plans. Today, just 29% of employers do. As a result, 401(k)...

Complex buyout deals spur need for advice

June 9, 2008

Corporate cutbacks may provide an opportunity for financial advisers: to help employees who have lost their jobs analyze the increasingly complicated buyout packages that companies are offering. General Motors Corp., for example, recently offered...

Boomers' retirement plans in jeopardy

June 2, 2008

The economic downturn is forcing some baby boomers to raid their 401(k) plans and halt their savings, which could have a negative effect on their retirement, according to a new study. The study, "The Economic Slowdown's Impact on Middle-Aged...

Financial advisers, sponsors offered new yardstick for retirement plan fees

May 26, 2008

Recognizing the challenges that employers face in choosing a 401(k) plan, a software developer has introduced a service that provides a benchmark against which to measure plan costs. The free service, from Financeware Inc., sifts through more...

ICI meeting covers use of alternatives in funds

May 12, 2008

The use of alternative hedge-fund-like strategies within mutual funds was a hot topic of discussion last week at the Investment Company Institute's 50th annual general membership meeting in Washington. That trend is likely to continue, said...

Financial advisers act to snag 401(k)s

May 5, 2008

The volatile stock market has created a period of frenzy for financial advisers in the 401(k) area, who have seen a substantial increase in the number of new prospects. They see a chance to attract new clients because as the value of their 401(k)...

Economy slowing down 401(k) contributions

April 30, 2008

Due to the current economic climate, 8% of investors have halted or reduced their contributions in 401(k) plans in recent months, according a study to be released next week. The study from Cogent Research LLC of Cambridge, Mass. showed that...

HSAs offer a strategic advantage

April 28, 2008

Do your clients have health savings accounts? If you can't answer that question or if you aren't interested enough to concern yourself with HSAs, then you and your clients are missing an opportunity and an investment advantage. Since 2003 when...

Advisers applaud fair disclosure act

April 28, 2008

Financial advisers favor the 401(k) fee breakdowns that would be required in the Fair Disclosure for Retirement Security Act, which was approved April 16 by a 25-19 party-line vote of the House Education and Labor Committee, even though that...

Large employers to shuffle 401(k) lineup

April 28, 2008

Nearly half of large employers plan to add or replace funds in their 401(k) plans in the next 12 months, according to a newly released study. The study, "Large Plan Sponsors Expectations," from Spectrem Group, a Chicago-based research and consulting...

Consumers increasingly take loans from retirement plans

April 14, 2008

With the economy deteriorating and prices for gas and heating fuel skyrocketing, consumers who are seeking new sources of cash are increasingly jeopardizing their retirement income by taking out loans from their retirement plans. The number...

Labor Department hears 401(k) providers on fee-disclosure regs

April 14, 2008

Service providers to 401(k) plans should not be required to be fiduciaries of the plans, the Department of Labor is being told. The department, which is considering new regulations for disclosures, is listening to suggestions from service providers,...

Hancock launches guaranteed 401(k) rider

April 9, 2008

John Hancock Retirement Plan Services today launched a guaranteed income rider for its 401(k) plans. “The boomers’ Number One priority is how to generate a stream of income now,” said Ed Eng, senior vice president of John Hancock RPS of Boston....

Barclays chooses MetLife as annuity provider

March 28, 2008

Barclays Global Investors has selected MetLife as the income annuity provider in its SponsorMatch 401(k) program. MetLife is bringing in its deferred income annuity as an asset allocation option in a defined contribution plan. Launched last...

Vote on 401(k) fee disclosure likely

March 26, 2008

Although Congress is expected to pass only few regulations this year focused on 401(k) retirement plans, fee disclosure is a priority that will likely see House votes this summer. Other than a few technical corrections to the Pension Protection...

Plan producers shy away from fiduciary insurance

March 24, 2008

In the weeks following a ground-breaking Supreme Court case allowing individual 401(k) participants to sue employers, lawyers have been recommending that advisers require plan sponsors to purchase fiduciary insurance. The idea is simple, but...

Competition fierce in 401(k) recruiting

March 24, 2008

Strengthening the client relationship is key to growing revenue in the 401(k) business, according to Fidelity Investments of Boston’s latest research. Fidelity found that advisers who make a focused effort on serving existing clients can potentially...

Connecticut is planning to offer first small-business 401(k) plan

March 17, 2008

Connecticut is seeking to become the first state to offer a low-cost 401(k) plan designed for small businesses. The state comptroller's office has proposed that a bill be introduced in the Legislature to create a 401(k) plan for small businesses...

Fidelity's 401(k) platform raised

February 28, 2008

Fidelity Advisor’s 401(k) platform offered to advisers had record growth in 2007 and total recordkeeping assets rose 26% from 2006 to $21.1 billion at the end of 2007, Boston-based Fidelity Investments announced. A record 516 new plans were...

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