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Blackstone acquisition of Aon Hewitt could signal push by private equity into 401(k) plans

February 13, 2017

Amid the flurry of consolidation activity among defined-contribution-plan record keepers over the past few years, Blackstone Group's acquisition of Aon Hewitt's record-keeping business, announced Friday, stands as an outlier. Whereas high-profile...

Why retirement plan advisers should care about the HSA market

January 11, 2017

Why should retirement plan advisers care about health savings accounts? The short answer: The HSA market is growing and there is a void in education and advice, which retirement plan advisers are perfectly positioned to fill. The money in HSAs...

Outlook for 2017 retirement plan litigation

January 3, 2017

2016 saw an uptick in litigation targeting retirement plan fiduciaries, and 2017 will see more of the same, plus the resolution of the definition of a church plan with respect to organizations affiliated with churches, and more cases involving...

Obama administration shows more support for annuities in 401(k) plans

January 3, 2017

In its most recent show of support for lifetime income products in defined-contribution plans, the Obama administration has said it may be “prudent” in particular circumstances to default participants into target date funds that bundle in...

How 401(k) advisers can make financial wellness programs more effective

December 28, 2016

Financial wellness has become a buzzy topic in the realm of defined contribution plans. Employer interest in improving their employees' financial well-being is growing. And with retirement savings inevitably bound to an employee's finances,...

Three ways 401(k) advisers can demonstrate their value to clients

December 9, 2016

If you're a financial adviser with a narrow focus on retirement plans, you're a rare breed — sort of like the spotted Jaguar shark from the movie “The Life Aquatic.” This breed of advisers needs to get serious about how clients will judge...

DOL fiduciary rule won't help some 403(b) retirement plans

October 21, 2016

Through its fiduciary rule, the Department of Labor is attempting to rein in conflicted investment advice and reduce costs for retirement savers. However, there's a corner of the retirement market plagued by the sort of high fees and sales practices...

Attorney Jerry Schlichter opens up about 403(b), 401(k) suits

August 18, 2016

By now, Jerry Schlichter is practically a household name among those in the retirement industry. Mr. Schlichter, the founding and managing partner of St. Louis-based law firm Schlichter Bogard & Denton, owes this fame — or notoriety, depending...

Columbia University targeted in $100 million lawsuit over excessive retirement plan fees

August 17, 2016

Columbia University was sued Tuesday on claims its retirement plans charged excessive fees. This follows a string of similar litigation filed over the past week against several top universities, leading to speculation that these suits are merely...

Duke, Johns Hopkins, UPenn and Vanderbilt latest schools under fire for excessive 403(b) fees

August 11, 2016

It's been two days since Yale, MIT and NYU were sued for excessive fees in their retirement plans, and lawyers have already added four more to the pile: Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt...

Yale, MIT and NYU targeted in excessive-fee lawsuits concerning retirement plans

August 9, 2016

A trio of renowned universities — Yale University, New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — were sued on Tuesday over allegations that their defined-contribution plans charged employees excessive plan fees, leading...

When it comes to asset management, look for experience

August 3, 2016

In the midst of this heated and unorthodox presidential election year, the issue of experience is front and center. But, it turns out, experience is also a factor that should be considered when it comes to financial advice and asset management....

Donald Trump's focus on U.S. debt could hurt retirement accounts

May 11, 2016

The flip side of Donald Trump's focus on U.S. debt could hurt ordinary Americans who own more Treasury bonds than any of the better-known holders of our debt, including China, Japan and Saudi Arabia. Americans own almost $5 trillion in U.S....

DOL rule akin to being peed on by a baby: NAPA head

April 18, 2016

The executive director of the largest retirement plan adviser trade group on Sunday equated the Labor Department's new “fiduciary” rule to an infant that “pees you in the face,” joining a large chorus of observers citing the complexity...

What is 'reasonable' cost under DOL's fiduciary rule? Well, it depends

April 11, 2016

What is “reasonable” compensation? It's a question brokers may not have considered prior to the Labor Department's recent push to regulate investment advice in retirement accounts. However, brokers need to start paying attention, because...

Modern retirement planning means staying aggressive

April 11, 2016

Most financial planning overlooks a key element of modern retirement planning. Boomers don't want the retirement life their parents had; they want to keep growing. Five financial advisers share their thoughts on the DOL fiduciary rule. “What's...

How 401(k) plan advisers win under the final DOL fiduciary rule

April 7, 2016

401(k) advisers won significant concessions from the Labor Department in the final draft of its fiduciary rule, ranging from relief on rollovers and education to the easing of restrictions on advisers operating in the small-plan market. The...

Department of Labor's lifetime income illustrations at a 'crossroads'

April 6, 2016

The Labor Department's regulatory project to illustrate how a defined-contribution participant's account would translate into a lifetime income stream has stalled, according to one of the department's top officials. “To be very honest, we...

Going under the hood of the new DOL fiduciary rule

April 6, 2016

The Labor Department has just revealed the final scope of a controversial new rule intended to raise investment advice standards on retirement accounts. It's the most significant change in the retirement and IRA marketplace since the ERISA law...

DOL rule could help small company retirement plans

April 5, 2016

Business owners who offer retirement plans could be one of the unexpected beneficiaries of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, which is expected to be announced Wednesday. Ron Rhoades, a lawyer and financial planner in Bowling Green, Kentucky,...

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