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How 401(k) advisers can bullet-proof themselves against litigation risk under DOL fiduciary rule

May 20, 2017

Many advisers who service 401(k) plans will, for the first time, be considered fiduciaries with respect to their investment advice when the Labor Department's conflict-of-interest rule comes into force next month. Along with that heightened...

Use of multiple record keepers could hurt defendants in 403(b) lawsuits

May 19, 2017

Judges in lawsuits targeting the Duke University and Emory University retirement plans have given life to a novel claim against the universities' use of multiple record keepers, setting the stage for a potential legal blow to a common practice...

President Trump signs resolution killing state auto-IRA rule

May 18, 2017

President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday evening signed a joint resolution killing an Obama-era regulation that encouraged states to set up retirement plans known as auto-IRAs. The Senate passed the resolution, H.J. Res. 66, on May 3. The House...

401(k) managed account competition heats up as Fidelity expands reach

May 17, 2017

Fidelity Investments, the largest provider of defined contribution plans, is moving to expand the reach of its fiduciary managed-account service for retirement plan participants by making it available to record-keeping platforms outside of its...

Courts' interpretations of 401(k) fiduciary laws are changing

May 16, 2017

It appears that laws of fiduciary prudence under ERISA are evolving. A recent district court decision, in Lorenz v. Safeway, demonstrates this point. "What is good for the goose is good for the gander" is not a common legal maxim, but the District...

Fidelity's approach to DOL fiduciary rule rankles some 401(k) advisers

May 15, 2017

Fidelity Investments is aggravating some retirement plan advisers. Their ire stems from changes that Fidelity, the largest record keeper of defined-contribution plans, is making to its business in relation to compliance with the Labor Department's...

Private equity adds fuel to 401(k) record-keeper consolidation

May 11, 2017

Just as 401(k) record keepers cry poverty, claiming there are no profit margins left and fueling consolidation, private equity has jumped in, perhaps seeing value that traditional record keepers are missing. What's causing this consolidation...

What's really behind the opposition to state auto-IRAs?

May 10, 2017

State auto-IRA programs were dealt a blow last week, when the Senate voted to overturn an Obama-era rule that promoted creation of these retirement plans. President Donald J. Trump is now poised to sign away the Labor Department rule. Observers...

Senate votes to kill state auto-IRA rule

May 4, 2017

The Senate voted Wednesday to kill Obama-era rules promoting the creation of certain retirement plans, called auto-IRAs, by states. The bill now heads to the desk of President Donald J. Trump, who is expected to sign it into law. The Senate...

The benefit advisers should be talking about with 401(k) plan sponsors

May 3, 2017

Imagine this for a minute: You are a promising, 25-year-old computer engineer working for a start-up. The future seems entirely exciting, brimming with possibilities. One Saturday afternoon you're riding your bike and get hit by a car. The accident...

Death of the 'blind squirrel' 401(k) adviser greatly exaggerated

April 27, 2017

Over the last decade, many experts have been predicting less experienced advisers will be forced out of the 401(k) market. With the Department of Labor's conflict-of-interest rule set to create more fiduciary advisers, those same experts are...

Retirement savings still a potential target in tax reform negotiations

April 26, 2017

The Trump administration intends to leave retirement savings untouched as part of its new tax proposal, but some remain concerned employer-sponsored plans won't survive the tax-reform process unscathed. "We're pleased with the framework that...

In K-12 403(b) plans, employees and their unions can be their own worst enemy

April 20, 2017

Defined contribution plans for public school teachers are notoriously poor retirement plans, often described as a Wild West of sorts that's plagued by minimal plan oversight, subpar investment options, and fund and insurance brokers who are...

What will be the next big thing for 401(k) plans?

April 13, 2017

Defined contribution plans have been around for about four decades, and have been popular with small and mid-sized companies for about 25 years. The evolution of 401(k) plans and 403(b) plans over that time, during which they became a replacement...

President Trump signs resolution to effectively kill city auto-IRA rule

April 13, 2017

President Donald J. Trump on Thursday signed into law a resolution that nullifies Obama-era retirement rules meant to encourage cities and other municipalities to develop auto-IRA programs for private-sector workers. The resolution, H.J. Res....

Top 10 record keepers of defined contribution plans

April 13, 2017

The largest defined-contribution-plan record keepers all experienced positive asset growth last year, according to Pensions & Investments' annual record keeper survey. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the No. 7 service provider by assets, had...

Retirement plan advisers should bone up on lifetime income

April 11, 2017

The continuing demise of defined benefit plans and increasing concern about the future of Social Security have dramatically reduced the certainty of retirement income for most Americans. Guaranteed income options in defined-contribution plans...

Advisers should heed fiduciary principles in ongoing Tibble 401(k) suit

April 11, 2017

At the end of last year, Glenn Tibble's long-standing claim against Edison International regarding excessive 401(k) fees was given an opportunity to continue by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The primary issue in that...

More 401(k) advisers face litigation risk in June under DOL fiduciary rule

April 11, 2017

A greater number of advisers and firms servicing 401(k) plans and their participants could be at risk of litigation in a few months' time, when implementation of some provisions of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule are set to kick in. This...

BlackRock sued for alleged self-dealing in its 401(k) plan

April 10, 2017

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, is being sued by a former employee for self-dealing in the company's 401(k) plan, the latest excessive-fee case involving an asset manager offering proprietary investment funds to retirement...

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