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Coordinate couples' income needs ahead of time

October 26, 2017

The differences between men and women have been humorous fodder for late night talk shows, movies and books for a long time. But planning for retirement as a couple is serious business. We know the stats: women live longer than men, typically...

Trump, House tax chief send mixed signals on 401(k) tax break

October 25, 2017

President Donald J. Trump repeated his desire to keep tax breaks for workers' 401(k) contributions Wednesday — just hours after the chief tax writer in the House said his panel was exploring ways to change retirement savings in legislation...

Use of auto enrollment leaps, survey finds

October 24, 2017

Auto enrollment surged in popularity among defined contribution plan sponsors, with 68% using this plan design in 2017, according to a survey by Alight Solutions published Tuesday. "This was a surprise," Robert Austin, the Charlotte, N.C.-based...

401(k) advisers under pressure to keep up with due diligence of investment products

October 24, 2017

Regulation and market forces are driving rapid evolution of investment products. Costs are coming down, conflicts are coming under closer scrutiny, and competitive pressures – along with shifting investor objectives – are reshaping new product...

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...

TIAA may be pushing unsuitable products, whistleblowers say

October 23, 2017

This story has been updated to include a statement from TIAA. In attempts to become more like other financial powerhouses, the retirement-plan giant TIAA might be violating its fiduciary duty by pushing customers into unsuitable products that...

How to take the Medi-scare out of retiree healthcare costs

October 23, 2017

I don't think it's a coincidence that Halloween and Medicare open enrollment season occur at about the same time each year. Although some people like to celebrate Halloween by dressing up as ghosts and zombies, for seniors, no costumes are needed...

The next frontier of advice

October 23, 2017

Financial advisors have an opportunity to redefine their value and their role in clients' lives through deeper conversations that lead to meaningful connections and increased client confidence. This guide can help advisors gain a better understanding...

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...

GAO report says American retirement system not providing adequate security

October 18, 2017

The three pillars of the American retirement system — Social Security, workplace retirement plans and individual savings — will not provide adequate retirement security for a growing number of people, according to a report issued Wednesday...

Morgan Stanley sees slower fee-based asset flows on fiduciary rule delay

October 17, 2017

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management continues to see assets surge into fee-based accounts, but that flow began slowing noticeably in the third quarter, following more certainty of a delay in the implementation of major parts of the Department of...

IMCA rebrands to attract broader audience

October 17, 2017

The Investment Management Consultants Association has rebranded as the Investments & Wealth Institute, as it seeks to position itself to a broader swath of financial advice professionals, the group announced Tuesday. In addition to the name...

Pre-retirement earnings can limit Social Security survivor benefits

October 16, 2017

As financial advisers and their clients become more aware of Social Security rules, many realize that if someone claims Social Security benefits before full retirement age and continues to work, their wages can reduce or eliminate their retirement...

Retirement Planning is Possible While Caring for a Child with Autism

October 16, 2017

Without question, parenting a child with autism comes with a unique set of circumstances that can only be understood by others who have experienced the same highs and lows. There is a steep learning curve – one that I can't say I've fully...

Lawsuit filed against first state auto-IRA program

October 13, 2017

The ERISA Industry Committee in Washington is seeking an injunction against new reporting requirements from the Oregon Retirement Savings Board in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Salem, Ore. The national association advocating for...

Retirement planning challenges under tax reform

October 13, 2017

During retirement, clients may be counting on certain deductions to reduce their taxable income, but under the latest tax proposal some of the biggest deductions are on the chopping block. Advisers will have to address what might happen, before...

Social Security benefits to increase by 2% in 2018

October 13, 2017

Monthly Social Security benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase by 2% in 2018, the largest increase in retirement and survivor benefits for workers and their families since 2012. The higher payments will begin in January. The...

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...

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