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What are the business priorities of elite 401(k) advisers in 2018?

May 9, 2018

The 401(k) advisory business is maturing. Many elite plan advisers with $250 million or more in defined-contribution assets under management have enjoyed great success since the 2008-09 market collapse, as more plan sponsors have focused on...

Four challenges in using annuities for retirement planning — and how to overcome them

May 8, 2018

Over the years, I've had countless conversations with advisers about retirement planning and the use of guaranteed income products. While some embrace annuities and their ability to offer consistency in retirement income, others are more dismissive....

Asset managers shift 401(k) distribution toward RIA aggregator firms

May 7, 2018

Asset managers are changing the way they distribute their funds in the 401(k) adviser market, with many allocating more resources to the large retirement-focused advisory firms known as aggregators. Advisers who belong to these aggregator firms,...

Advisers push retired clients to embrace investment risk

May 7, 2018

As the baby boom generation continues to transition into retirement, financial advisers are facing the increasingly common challenge of clients who become overly conservative with their investments once they stop working. "It's a weird mental...

Auto features boost plan participants' retirement income replacement level

May 7, 2018

Auto features improve defined contribution plan participants' income replacement percentages, according to a survey by Empower Retirement. The median income replacement ratio is 95% for participants who are auto-enrolled in 401(k), 403(b) or...

The worst possible time to retire

May 5, 2018

The outlook isn't good for clients on the verge of retirement today. The probability of being financially secure throughout one's golden years — without severely compromising one's lifestyle or running out of money altogether — depends largely...

Advisers need this new approach to aging clients

May 4, 2018

There are more people alive today than ever before, and those individuals are living longer on average and demanding much more in their later years than any generation before them. Speaking at the 2018 Health and Wealth Leadership Forum, an...

Countdown to retirement

May 3, 2018

I celebrated a major milestone with a group of friends recently. We met as newly minted teenagers in 1968 when we were freshmen in high school. Today, with most of us on the cusp of retirement, we took a trip to Charleston to commemorate 50...

3 insights on the Financial Engines-Edelman combination and how it might affect you

May 3, 2018

On Monday, Financial Engines announced that it was being taken private by the respected private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for $3 billion in cash, a 30% premium over the pre-announcement closing price. Financial Engines will merge with Edelman...

America is turning out more millionaire retirees than ever

May 3, 2018

American retirees are healthier and wealthier than ever. But wiser? A new report throws a little doubt on that notion. Money manager United Income analyzed data from sources, including the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,...

A radical idea: Pay clients for the privilege of managing their funds

May 2, 2018

The asset management industry is in a funk. The popularity of low-cost index trackers is crushing fees across the board, while Morgan Stanley reckons a shift to performance-based charges threatens half of the industry's profit. Divyesh Hindocha...

Low returns create bleak outlook for clients in 'retirement red zone'

May 1, 2018

David Blanchett, Morningstar's head of retirement research, doesn't have a lot of good news for retirement plan advisers. Morningstar is forecasting annual compound returns of less than 1% for the next 10 years, said Mr. Blanchett, speaking...

7 ways to build up assets in a Roth account

May 1, 2018

Roth accounts, which provide for tax-free withdrawals, are incredibly important to retirees — and by extension, their advisers. There are multiple ways to go about getting a Roth account. A common one — Roth conversions, where the owner...

Pension plans take lead on finding missing participants

April 30, 2018

While the defined contribution plan industry awaits more formal guidance from Washington on how to combat the issue of missing, terminated participants in active retirement plans, some sponsors and service providers already are working to refine...

Recent rule changes to boost retiree health costs

April 30, 2018

Individually, recent updates to Medicare and Social Security rules may not have seemed like a big deal. But when taken together, seven changes to Medicare means testing, Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and Social Security...

Wells Fargo wouldn't be the first to push proprietary products on 401(k) plan participants

April 27, 2018

The disclosure of an alleged Labor Department investigation of Wells Fargo sales practices — including those in its retirement-plan services division — is sure to raise a few eyebrows, but should this sort of thing really be a revelation...

Senators introduce bill calling for retirement commission to guide Congress

April 27, 2018

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate Wednesday would create a federal commission to give Congress suggestions on how to improve private retirement benefits programs. Action on the bill co-sponsored by Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and...

AARP seeks to defend DOL fiduciary rule in 5th Circuit

April 26, 2018

One of the most powerful proponents for the Labor Department's fiduciary rule will try to protect the measure in court, where it could die as early as Monday. AARP, the massive interest group for retired Americans, said Thursday it will file...

401(k) record-keeper consolidation is about to heat up

April 26, 2018

Though there have been a few recent high-profile 401(k) record-keeper acquisitions — think Transamerica's purchase of Mercer's defined-contribution business and Blackstone's acquisition of Aon Hewitt's — there has been a lull in the consolidation....

Future retirees expect Social Security to be main source of income

April 25, 2018

More than half of current or soon-to-be retirees cite Social Security as their primary source of income, well ahead of the 18% of those who identified a pension as their main income source, according to a new survey. But that heavy reliance...

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