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Some VA-related costs in 401(k)s are exorbitant, according to critics

April 9, 2007

BOSTON — Many Americans are paying high fees in their 401(k) plans for insurance they don’t need, and their employers often are unaware, some observers say. The culprit, the observers say, is a fee for mortality-and-expense risk that is part...

Cox: Proxies aren’t in ‘plain English’ despite new rules

April 2, 2007

LOS ANGELES — Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox is on a mission to wipe out the legalese in corporate-disclosure documents. On a trip here late last month, Mr. Cox blasted corporate America for continuing to use obtuse...

IBM advice offering to 401(k) participants signals trend

March 26, 2007

NEW YORK — IBM Corp.’s announcement that it will offer financial planning services to all 127,000 of its U.S. employees is the biggest sign yet that companies are increasingly interested in providing workers with more individual — and effective...

401(k) ideas dissected at congressional hearing

March 12, 2007

WASHINGTON — The ideas of limiting 401(k) plan options to index funds and requiring all plan administrators to be brought under fiduciary duties were in focus last week at a congressional hearing on 401(k) fees. There was broad agreement among...

More investors are doing good in retirement

March 5, 2007

CHICAGO — Socially conscious and faith-based investing is gaining traction in the retirement plan arena. While relatively few companies offer employees the opportunity to invest their 401(k) assets according to social or religious values, the...

Some consider 401(k) fees too low

March 5, 2007

CHICAGO — With a House panel scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday to discuss whether the hidden fees in 401(k) plans are fair, at least one industry watcher is calling such fees too low and another says making general judgments about them is...

Labor Dept. targets 401(k) fee disclosure

February 5, 2007

CHICAGO — As the Department of Labor puts pressure on advisers to make 401(k) fees more transparent, some financial advisers are refunding fees to participants that they are being paid from mutual fund companies. The Labor Department plans...

401(k) plan sponsors OK earlier participation

January 29, 2007

CHICAGO — Nearly 70% of U.S. companies allowed employees to participate in their 401(k) plans within three months of being hired last year, up from 65% in 2005 and 32% in 1998, according to the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America. It is...

With rollovers at stake, firms embrace diversity

January 29, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO — Wall Street firms, in an effort to attract the retirement assets of affluent minorities and women, are stepping up recruitment of diverse stockbrokers, who they define as people who are not Caucasian males. “There’s an 11th-hour...

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