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Fiduciary liability defenses for advisers under ERISA

September 12, 2017

If an investment adviser makes a recommendation to a retirement plan sponsor or investment manager, who then follows that recommendation and later challenges it as a breach of fiduciary duty, there are several types of defenses available to...

Voya sued by participant in $2.8 million plan for excessive 401(k) fees

September 12, 2017

Voya Financial has been sued by a participant in a roughly $3 million 401(k) plan for charging allegedly excessive fees for record keeping and administration services, adding to an emerging trend of retirement-plan-fee lawsuits materializing...

Fiduciary education is key for plan-sponsor investment committees

September 2, 2017

The word "fiduciary" is no longer quaint financial jargon for most plan sponsors. Due to regulatory changes over the past several years and attention surrounding the new Labor Department conflict-of-interest rule for plan advisers, the term...

How retirement plan advisers can combat 'dramatic' fee compression

September 2, 2017

Retirement plan advisers' fees are getting squeezed. As with other service providers to defined contribution plans, price compression for adviser services has been rapid and deep. Price compression in the retirement plan arena isn't new, but...

The 5 biggest threats and opportunities for 401(k) advisers

August 31, 2017

The 401(k) market is maturing. Plan sponsors are waking up, most advisers are now forced to act as fiduciaries and lawsuits are likely to move down market to smaller retirement plans. Broker-dealers are more risk-sensitive due to the Department...

When automatic enrollment doesn't make sense for 401(k) plans

August 31, 2017

Automatic enrollment has exploded in popularity over the past decade, and is widely seen as a best practice in 401(k) plans to boost participation and employee savings. Adoption by 401(k) plan sponsors has more than doubled since 2006, when...

DOL fiduciary rule: The 5 biggest things to watch for if BICE's class-action provision is killed

August 29, 2017

The Trump administration last week delivered a clear signal it aims to kill one of the most hotly contested parts of its fiduciary rule — the provision about class-action lawsuits. Beginning Jan. 1 — or July 2019 if the DOL delays that implementation...

How to (and not to) work effectively with teachers as 403(b) clients

August 23, 2017

Teachers desperately need unbiased financial guidance. However, that guidance is in short supply, especially for public schoolteachers. More than ever, their security blanket of guaranteed pension income needs to be supplemented by defined contribution...

Harnessing behavioral economics to reinvent employee education

August 22, 2017

Since the birth of the self-directed defined contribution plan, industry conferences have typically had speeches and panel discussions on how to motivate participants to make better decisions — or decisions at all. Typically, these sessions...

Tibble v. Edison 401(k) fee-case decision offers 3 lessons

August 22, 2017

Tibble v. Edison, a landmark 401(k)-fee case, is finally nearing its close after 10 years of litigation, following a court order last week that laid to rest the lawsuit's remaining points of contention. The case, the first of its kind to go...

401(k) advisers value active management in some categories, despite indexing craze

August 21, 2017

Index funds are continuing their push into 401(k) plan menus, but some retirement plan advisers and analysts still see areas where active management makes sense. The number of 401(k) plans offering index funds to employees swelled to 89.4% of...

401(k) DCIOs: Some are folding, holding and doubling down

August 16, 2017

Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 18, based on additional information received from Russell Investments. All segments of the 401(k) market are going through the early stages of maturity, led by record keepers and broker-dealers,...

How to select the right TDF for a 401(k) plan

August 15, 2017

Target-date funds are an attractive option for both plan advisers and participants. The promise of TDFs is that they are designed to protect investor assets from the risk of large losses stemming from inadequate or improper portfolio diversification....

How one 401(k) adviser is successfully prospecting clients under the DOL fiduciary rule

August 9, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is expected to create a bundle of client prospecting opportunities for advisers specializing in retirement plans, as less-experienced 401(k) advisers exit the market or employers ditch them for a more...

Vanguard outsources some 403(b) record keeping to Newport Group

August 7, 2017

An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that Vanguard waives an investment management fee for 403(b) participants if they have non-403(b) accounts with the company in excess of $50,000. It is an annual fee that is waived. Vanguard...

The upside-down 401(k) world is about to change

August 1, 2017

When industries are on the precipice of transformation, the market is ready to turn upside down. In the early 1990s, Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, declared that media and technology were...

Number of experienced defined-contribution plan advisers to grow with DOL fiduciary rule

July 31, 2017

Experienced retirement plan advisers represent a small fraction of the overall number of advisers working with defined-contribution plans, but they control a staggering amount of the assets. Together, the elite DC-plan advisers, the most specialized...

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...

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...

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