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AllianceBernstein veteran stepping down — to become a schoolteacher

May 3, 2012

Thomas J. Fontaine is stepping down from his post as head of defined-contribution investments at AllianceBernstein LP with plans to become a math teacher. “The time seems right,” he said, in an interview with InvestmentNews on Wednesday....

Advisers share public's dismal opinion of Washington

April 20, 2012

Federal lawmakers running for re-election this year received a small bit of solace in the latest polls. The congressional approval rating jumped to 17% in a new Gallup survey. Americans are sick of watching politicians squabble in a capital...

Thrown some curves, service providers finally 'ahead of the curve' for 401(k) disclosures

April 9, 2012

It's taken more than a year for retirement plan service providers to gear up for fee disclosures, but they finally seem to be prepared for the new reporting requirements that go into effect July 1. Research from Mesirow Financial's retirement...

Fee disclosure regs crank up scrutiny on advisers

March 20, 2012

Plan investments and record-keeping services aren't the only things advisers will have to benchmark as part of the upcoming fee disclosure regulation: They also will have to watch their own backs. The difficulties of self-benchmarking for advisers...

No. 1 retirement concern: Fear of the unknown

March 13, 2012

The latest Retirement Confidence Survey is out today. For the 22nd year, the Employee Benefits Research Institute and Matthew Greenwald & Associates have asked American workers about their retirement dreams and concerns. Not surprisingly, Americans'...

Goldman snaps up fixed-income shop

February 7, 2012

Goldman Sachs Asset Management said Tuesday it will acquire Dwight Asset Management, a stable value money manager, from Old Mutual Asset Management, according to a GSAM news release. GSAM made the acquisition to increase its defined contribution...

IRA business seen booming

February 5, 2012

Rollovers into individual retirement accounts will take a bigger share of the retirement market in coming years, with large record keepers such as Fidelity Investments, TIAA-CREF and The Vanguard Group Inc. reaping the benefits. Assets in the...

Bridgewater, AQR take aim at DC assets

December 27, 2011

Two giants of the alternative investment management world — Bridgewater Associates LP and AQR Capital Management LLC — are turning their attention to the defined contribution plan market. With their sights set firmly on the trillions of...

ASPPA, record keepers ask DOL for extension on plan fee disclosure

December 20, 2011

The American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and its sister organization The Council of Independent 401(k) Recordkeepers yesterday asked the Labor Department to cut advisers and plan service providers a little more slack on the...

Fee decline in target date funds likely to persist

November 6, 2011

Target date fund fees have been declining year by year and basis point by basis point, and more cuts seem likely. A proliferation of fund offerings, increased competition among providers and a greater willingness by defined-contribution-plan...

What was Showtime smoking?

September 11, 2011

A recent episode of “Weeds,” a Showtime television series that features a marijuana-selling single mom, raises the question of what would happen if a crooked financial professional managed a federal investigator's retirement money. In the...

401(k) participants' trading skyrockets during debt drama

August 4, 2011

Daily trading volume among 401(k) plan participants soared during the height of Congress' debt-ceiling debate, producing a massive transfer to fixed-income investments from equities, according to Aon Hewitt. Trading volume among the 4.7 million...

John Hancock introduces retirement plan fiduciary program for advisers

June 30, 2011

Anticipating upcoming regulation from the Labor Department, John Hancock Financial Network today launched a program catering to high-end fiduciary plan advisers. The insurer-owned broker-dealer joins other retirement plan service providers in...

Neuberger bulking up DC squad

June 26, 2011

Seeking to enlarge its footprint in the small- and midmarket-retirement-plan area, Neuberger Berman LLC has brought on a trio of wholesalers. The firm hired MFS Investment Management Inc. veteran Tim Guay as vice president of retirement, based...

Court says third-party carriers to retirement plans can be sued

June 24, 2011

A federal circuit court yesterday decided that retirement-plan participants can sue third-party insurers under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. A panel of 11 judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ERISA...

Neuberger Berman bulks up with three defined-contribution wholesalers

June 22, 2011

Seeking to enlarge its footprint in the small- and mid-market-plan space, Neuberger Berman LLC has brought on a trio of new wholesalers. The firm hired MFS Investment Management Inc. veteran Tim Guay as vice president of retirement based out...

BlackRock is hiring to boost DC business

March 27, 2011

In a bid to expand its financial-adviser-sold defined-contribution business, BlackRock Inc. is tapping former executives of a retirement-focused broker-dealer that LPL Investment Holdings Inc. bought last year. The giant asset management firm...

Workers like auto-enroll, so why don't plans push it?

March 27, 2011

“Anemic” default-contribution rates among defined-contribution plans using automatic enrollment stand in stark contrast to what plan executives consider optimal savings rates, a survey of 101 plans by the Defined Contribution Institutional...

Big shake-up happening in Putnam's retirement unit

March 27, 2011

Putnam Investments has reorganized the senior ranks of its retirement division and is in the process of getting rid of all non-functional titles among senior executives across the company. Jeffrey R. Carney, who headed retirement as well as...

Firms are omitting annuities in new retirement income products

March 20, 2011

Sensing a market for flexible, pension-like retirement income products, a handful of financial services firms have released, or are about to release, in-plan income solutions that don't include annuities. Joining Financial Engines Inc., which...

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