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Do advisory boards create perceived conflicts for DC plan advisers?

October 24, 2017

Many defined contribution plan advisers join the advisory boards of record keepers and asset-manager providers they use. But do these board memberships create perceived conflicts in the eyes of the Department of Labor and 401(k) or 403(b) plan...

Xerox wins lawsuit alleging 'kickback' scheme with Financial Engines

October 23, 2017

Xerox HR Solutions has won a lawsuit alleging it engaged in a pay-to-play scheme with the robo-adviser Financial Engines, marking the third defeat this year for plaintiffs bringing such charges against 401(k) record keepers. Xerox's defined...

IRS raises 2018 contribution limit for qualified plans to $18,500

October 19, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service has raised the contribution limits for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans to to $18,500 in 2018, up from the current limit of $18,000. The IRS also increased the income ranges for determining...

Shift to Roth 401(k)s 'highly likely' part of tax reform: former Treasury official Mark Iwry

October 19, 2017

Optimism from past weeks regarding the fate of 401(k) tax benefits under tax reform is beginning to wane, with some signaling that employees would have to pay taxes upfront on at least a portion of their retirement savings. Mark Iwry, a non-resident...

Prudential wins appeal of 401(k) fee lawsuit

October 12, 2017

Prudential Financial Inc. has again won a lawsuit alleging it breached its fiduciary duties by receiving revenue-sharing payments from investment options in a client's 401(k) plan. The lawsuit, Rosen v. Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity...

What can Tabasco sauce teach advisers about 401(k) loans?

October 11, 2017

As plan advisers, our guidance might help increase a plan's overall participation and average deferral rate, but there is little we can do to help people when they're confronted with a large, unanticipated expense. For some, this means dipping...

401(k) referrals rare from wealth managers despite DOL fiduciary rule

October 11, 2017

Conventional wisdom is that the Department of Labor's conflict-of-interest rule would result in a flood of referrals from wealth management advisers and other less-specialized retirement plan advisers to retirement-plan specialists. Beware of...

A primer on stable value funds for retirement plan advisers

October 9, 2017

Retirement plan advisers should not set and forget stable value funds. These funds can be an excellent supporting character in a diversified global portfolio for the right defined-contribution-plan clients. But good advisers take nothing for...

DOL fiduciary rule ups ante for monitoring of 401(k) record keepers

October 4, 2017

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule is changing how retirement plan advisers help their clients monitor record-keeping firms such as Fidelity Investments and Empower Retirement. The regulation, which raises investment-advice standards in...

DOL fiduciary rule: Challenges for RIAs under the BICE

September 29, 2017

On Aug. 31, the Department of Labor proposed to extend the applicability date for the full best-interest contract exemption to July 1, 2019. In all likelihood, that proposal will be finalized before the end of the year. With that in mind, what...

Private equity firms see hidden value in 401(k) record keeping

September 28, 2017

Sometimes when enough people say the same thing, it becomes the conventional wisdom. That doesn't necessarily make it true. Most 401(k) industry experts claim there isn't money to be made in the record-keeping business. But some heady private...

Tax reform anomaly could diminish some companies' need for 401(k) plan

September 28, 2017

The Republican tax-reform framework released Wednesday has led to concern within some retirement industry circles that plan creation and maintenance — and plan advisers' businesses — would be negatively impacted by its policy details. The...

Jerry Schlichter's fee lawsuits have left an indelible mark on the 401(k) industry

September 23, 2017

At first glance, Sept. 11, 2006, may not stand out as a remarkable date in American history. But to retirement wonks, it is: That's the day a personal injury lawyer from St. Louis filed a flurry of lawsuits against major corporations, alleging...

University of Pennsylvania wins retirement plan suit

September 22, 2017

A lawsuit challening the fees and investments options offered in the retirement plan sponsored by The University of Pennsylvania has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, according to Bloomberg BNA....

Retirement plan advisers need to start marketing to providers

September 13, 2017

Defined-contribution-plan plan advisers are relying more and more on providers, especially asset managers, to help them with marketing and practice management. But resources are shrinking as margins get thinner, with more assets moving into...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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