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ICI plan could force smaller 401(k) record keepers to close

November 16, 2008

Small- and mid-size record keepers that administer 401(k) programs for providers are concerned that a plan to ensure that mutual funds are not being "market timed" will be so expensive to oversee as to put some of them out of business. The Investment...

More than half of employers offer auto 401(k) enrollment

November 16, 2008

Automatic enrollment of employees into defined contribution retirement plans such as 401(k)s has grown so quickly that more than half of employers now offer it to their employees, according to a new study. The analysis from Mercer LLC of New...

Advisers fret that clients will trim 401(k) participation if matches are cut

November 9, 2008

Financial advisers are worried that if more employers eliminate 401(k) matches, it will cause already cash-strapped and worried clients to reduce or halt their contributions. Their concern comes on the heels of an announcement last month by...

'Unbundled' 401(k) providers to expand offerings

November 9, 2008

More than half of employers that offer "unbundled" 401(k) plans intend to add to their lineup of investment options over the next year, according to a new report. The report, which was re-leased Oct. 29 by Chicago's Spectrem Group, found that...

What the new administration will mean for investors

November 6, 2008

The incoming Obama administration is likely to act quickly to kill the Bush tax cuts for households with incomes over $250,000 a year, and they may move to make any new tax law retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009. That was the assessment of Ken Kies,...

Study poses need to protect 401(k)s from market risk

November 2, 2008

In the 12-month period through early October, 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts dropped in value by $2 trillion due to market volatility, and a new study questions whether retirement accounts are too exposed to market risk. The...

Fund companies reach out to harried advisers

November 2, 2008

Fund companies and service providers are offering webinars, seminars and handouts to help advisers handle the onslaught of questions they're getting from 401(k) participants and employers in this volatile market. In some cases, fund companies...

Advisers helping clients prioritize their finances

November 2, 2008

With the equity market wreaking havoc on retirement portfolios, advisers are helping clients reassess their priorities and determine which objectives to fund first. Many investment-oriented advisers, in fact, said they are adding a greater financial...

Employers are beginning to implement

October 19, 2008

More than half of large companies are using automatic enrollment in their retirement plans, and overall, more employers have begun pulling the trigger on automatic enrollment, a new study shows. The Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America,...

Crucial court case may spur 401(k) lawsuits

October 14, 2008

Advisers need to keep an eye on a particular court case regarding 401(k) fees, because if the U.S. Court of Appeals rules in favor of participants, an outpouring of additional lawsuits could occur in short order, according to a lawyer who specializes...

Advisers must address clients' 401(k) fears

October 13, 2008

Advisers need to brace themselves for more changes in and scrutiny of 401(k) plans, particularly as investors have witnessed their nest eggs dwindle dramatically in recent weeks, according to one retirement expert. “What a lot of people are...

House Democrats contemplate abolishing 401(k) tax breaks

October 12, 2008

Powerful House Democrats are eyeing proposals to overhaul the nation's $3 trillion 401(k) system, including the elimination of most of the $80 billion in annual tax breaks that 401(k) investors receive. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman...

Congress mulls major 401(k) changes

October 7, 2008

A wide range of sweeping changes to the 401(k) system were proposed Tuesday at a hearing on how the market crisis has devastated retirement savings plans. Chief among them was eliminating $80 billion in tax savings for higher-income people enrolled...

Investors clamor for ETFs in retirement account

September 28, 2008

Investors who maintain self-directed 401(k) accounts or individual retirement accounts are increasing their investments in exchange traded funds. Self-directed accounts allow investors to buy a range of equities and other securities, which sophisticated...

Galvin: Suspend penalty on 401(k) withdrawals

September 23, 2008

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin today called on Congress to temporarily suspend the 10% penalty tax on early withdrawals from 401(k)s. Mr. Galvin said many people have been forced to dip into their retirement plans,...

The cost of cashing out

September 15, 2008

If employees knew how much cashing out their plan when getting laid off or changing jobs could affect their future, maybe they would leave the plans untouched. That is the message RolloverSystems Inc. hopes to deliver with its new online calculator....

A reality check on criticisms of debit card loan programs

September 15, 2008

Debit card loan programs recently have been the focus of criticism in Washington. In addition to investor alerts issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. of New York and Washington and the Securities and Exchange Commission,...

403(b) plan participants save less than 401(k) investors

September 8, 2008

Participants in 403(b) plans tend to be more conservative and set aside less money than those in 401(k) plans, according to a new study. Advisers trying to bolster their 403(b) business need to understand that employees in such plans exhibit...

Auto 401(k) plans keep participants in the game

September 8, 2008

Consider the inertia of today's 401(k) plan participants the vindication of behavioral economics. Instead of pulling out or frantically switching funds, as many as 90% of participants who were enrolled in their plans automatically — an option...

401(k) debit cards are an oxymoron

September 8, 2008

Our consumer-driven society has long since sped through the intersection where discretionary spending meets available income. Concepts such as "saving for a rainy day" or "saving for retirement" seem, at best, quaint. The glare of the latest...

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