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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...

Morningstar backs new retirement calculator

September 11, 2017

Online retirement calculators usually make just enough assumptions to be dangerous. What if you live 10 years longer than you planned for? What if the market tanks? What if you need astronomically expensive round-the-clock health care? The answer...

Edison International agrees to pay $13.2 million in 401(k) fee lawsuit

September 8, 2017

Parties in the landmark Tibble v. Edison lawsuit have agreed the defendant, Edison International, will pay more than $13 million in damages to cover allegations of excessive 401(k) fees. After 10 years of litigation, which included a trip to...

Reverse mortgages under fire again ​

September 6, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new report warning seniors against using a reverse mortgage as an income bridge to delay collecting Social Security benefits. While the report rightly points outs the potential risks of...

How to appeal higher Medicare premiums

September 6, 2017

It's time to prepare higher-income clients for a nasty surprise that awaits some of them this fall. Notices of monthly surcharges involving both Medicare Part B and Part D premiums in 2018 will be sent to affected Medicare enrollees in October....

10 things advisers would change about 401(k) plans

September 5, 2017

401(k) plans have amassed a great deal of money — around $5 trillion — in the four decades since their debut in the federal tax code. But retirement plan advisers believe there are several areas for improvement in 401(k) plans, from required...

Where states stand with their retirement plans

September 2, 2017

(Hover over to view details) Source: Georgetown University Center for Retirement Initiatives. Data as of August 2017. *Massachusetts' prototype plan is similar to a multiple employer plan, but the degree of state involvement is less

Where 401(k) advisers are on the industry consolidation curve

September 2, 2017

In their seminal 2002 Harvard Business Review article "The Consolidation Curve," A.T. Kearney consultants Graeme K. Deans, Fritz Kroeger and Stefan Zeisel outline the four stages of consolidation most industries will go through as they mature...

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...

The challenge of the longer lifespan

September 1, 2017

"Live long and prosper," Star Trek's Mr. Spock and his fellow Vulcans liked to say as a valedictory blessing. But for most people, living long will pose the greatest threat to their prosperity, cautions "We'll Live to 100 – How Can We Afford...

Rollins Inc. 401(k) participant sues Morningstar, Prudential over alleged RICO violations

August 31, 2017

A participant in a 401(k) plan of Rollins Inc., Atlanta, sued Morningstar and units of Prudential Financial, alleging they violated a federal racketeering law in offering an investment service to plan members. Rollins plan officials and Rollins...

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...

The 5 biggest threats and opportunities for 401(k) advisers

August 31, 2017

The 401(k) market is maturing. Plan sponsors are waking up, most advisers are now forced to act as fiduciaries and lawsuits are likely to move down market to smaller retirement plans. Broker-dealers are more risk-sensitive due to the Department...

Trump administration targets class-action right in DOL fiduciary rule, but other legal avenues could remain for investors

August 31, 2017

Even before the Labor Department has finished its review of its fiduciary rule, the Trump administration has made clear that it is targeting a part of the measure that would make it easier for investors to pursue class-action lawsuits against...

Most plan sponsors like their advisers, but 38% want to switch, says Fidelity

August 30, 2017

While 65% of plan sponsors are highly satisfied with their plan advisers, a record share of sponsors — 38% — are actively looking to switch advisers, up from 30% last year, according to a study of plan sponsors conducted by Fidelity Investments....

DOL fiduciary rule: The 5 biggest things to watch for if BICE's class-action provision is killed

August 29, 2017

The Trump administration last week delivered a clear signal it aims to kill one of the most hotly contested parts of its fiduciary rule — the provision about class-action lawsuits. Beginning Jan. 1 — or July 2019 if the DOL delays that implementation...

Investment consultants have poor record recommending funds

August 25, 2017

To borrow a joke from the movie "Shrek," money management is like a parfait -- it has a lot of layers. There's the person who recommends investments for you -- a financial adviser, a wealth manager, a pension-fund manager or a private banker....

Retiree health care costs up 6%, new study finds

August 24, 2017

In a perfect world, the largest expenses in retirement would be for fun things like travel and entertainment. In the real world, retiree health-care costs can take an unconscionably big bite out of savings. A 65-year-old couple retiring this...

Expense ratios for defined-contribution plans stall out at a new low

August 23, 2017

For years, fees on investments in workplace retirement savings plans have been falling. Now, at least for the moment, they're stalling. The average expense ratio on investments in defined-contribution, or 401(k), plans, dropped by a hair to...

Despite misleading ads, annuities can be critical for lifetime income planning

August 23, 2017

If you're in the annuity industry, a client has probably walked into your office with preconceived notions about annuities for retirement planning, partly due to some critics' opinions on annuities that may not consider the needs of everyone....

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