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SunTrust Banks, 401(k) participants settle fiduciary-breach lawsuit

March 15, 2018

Participants and fiduciaries of the SunTrust Banks Inc. 401(k) Plan, Atlanta, agreed to a preliminary settlement in which plaintiffs will receive $4.75 million and executives will make several changes to plan policies. The preliminary settlement,...

401(k) plans are trifecta of confusion

March 14, 2018

The three major stakeholders in 401(k) plans — plan sponsors, record-keepers and the plan participants themselves — are often miles apart in their views of the plans and the positions of other stakeholders. That is the finding of research...

Public employee retirement systems could face shortfalls as retirees outnumber workers

March 14, 2018

For those worried about the ability of U.S. state and local governments to cover promised pension checks, the Census Bureau announced a milestone that should add to their fears: by 2030, for the first time, senior citizens will outnumber children....

Fiduciary rule shifts power to broker-dealer compliance departments

March 14, 2018

The DOL fiduciary rule was a wake-up call for many broker-dealers, some of which had paid little attention to defined contribution plans like 401(k)s in the past. Even broker-dealers that had focused on DC plans have made significant changes...

State auto-IRA programs poised to catch advisers' attention

March 13, 2018

The first state auto-IRA plan is up and running. OregonSaves, which launched last year, has more than 19,000 individuals and 300 companies participating. What does this mean for financial advisers? Oregon's foray into the retirement arena is...

More 401(k) plans move away from revenue-sharing model

March 12, 2018

Many 401(k) plans are moving away from revenue sharing as executives cite the need for greater transparency, simplicity and democracy in how fees are assessed to participants. Defined contribution plan consultants say federal fee regulations...

Social Security budget cuts lead to declining customer service

March 12, 2018

A month before my husband Mike turned 66, he received a letter from the Social Security Administration reminding him that he could start receiving unreduced retirement benefits at his full retirement age, even if he continued to work, or he...

Senate bill aims to boost 401(k) annuities, small-employer retirement plans

March 8, 2018

New bipartisan legislation in the Senate aims to increase the use of annuities in 401(k) plans, and boost retirement-plan adoption by small employers through a particular type of defined-contribution plan known as an open multiple employer plan....

Latest Wells Fargo flap underscores need for fiduciary standard

March 8, 2018

The most recent scandal brewing at Wells Fargo Advisors, this one regarding questions from the Justice Department about potentially inappropriate recommendations on rollovers for 401(k) plan participants, underscores yet again why the financial...

Social Security and divorce: Mary Beth Franklin answers your questions

March 7, 2018

During a recent webinar on how to maximize Social Security benefits, I received a question from an attendee that perfectly summarizes the type of challenge that many financial advisers face when trying to help divorced clients create a secure...

Vanguard extends TDF dominance with 'unbelievable' growth

March 6, 2018

Vanguard Group has extended its grip on the target-date-fund market over the past few years, as attention to low costs and passive management continues to offer substantial tailwinds for the fund giant. Vanguard controlled $623 billion in total...

How to design a 401(k) plan that's lawsuit-proof

March 6, 2018

Lawsuits targeting 401(k) plans have become commonplace over the past decade. It's no longer much of a surprise to hear that another plan sponsor has been sued over some aspect of its plan design, and speculation is that such legal action will...

Chipping away at entitlement reform

March 5, 2018

The 2034 deadline when the Social Security trust funds are scheduled to run dry gets closer every day. At that point, there would be enough revenue from earmarked payroll taxes to pay about 75% of promised benefits — assuming Congress does...

Social Security: Advisers must stay current on regulations

March 3, 2018

Imagine finding​ out that your widowed mother's monthly Social Security benefit check was less than she was entitled to. You'd likely be furious and more than a little ashamed for not having watched out for her best interests more closely....

Pension risk transfers swelled nearly 70% in 2017

March 2, 2018

Employers offloaded pension liabilities at nearly record levels in 2017, a reflection of the fact that pension plans have become more costly to keep on the books, longevity has increased and 401(k) plans have grown more popular. Rising interest...

Warren, Daines bill would help establish a database for orphaned 401(k) accounts

March 2, 2018

Two senators are trying to help workers locate retirement savings they may have forgotten when they switched jobs. On Thursday, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced the Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act,...

Massachusetts finds MetLife 'missing' pensioners, Galvin says

March 1, 2018

The Massachusetts securities regulator has found hundreds of retirees in the state who are owed pension payments by MetLife and whom the insurer said it had been unable to locate. MetLife provided the names to Secretary of the Commonwealth William...

Startup offers annuities online on a subscription plan

March 1, 2018

Matt Carey studied Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania, preparing for what he hoped would be a career at the Central Intelligence Agency. Eleven years later, he's pitching annuity contracts. He's actually happy about that. A summer job...

Defined-contribution plans showing returns closer to those of pensions

March 1, 2018

In the past decade, defined contribution plans have seen returns creep closer to those of their defined benefit brethren, as more DC plans have seen improved asset mixes and better plan designs, with more automatic enrollment and better default...

Georgetown sued for allegedly violating fiduciary duties in its 403(b) plans

March 1, 2018

Participants in two Georgetown University defined contribution plans sued the university, alleging that its management of the plans violated its fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The participants, who are seeking...

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