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Legislation, DOL rule could boost multiple employer plans

November 14, 2016

Multiple employer plans occupy a largely ignored area of the defined contribution market, but a confluence of factors is likely, in the near future, to make such retirement plans more popular for plan advisers serving small-market clients. These...

Another 401(k) record keeper sued over 'pay to play' scheme with Financial Engines

November 11, 2016

Xerox HR Solutions, one of the largest record keepers for defined contribution plans, has been sued over an alleged pay-to-play scheme with managed-account provider Financial Engines Inc., following similar lawsuits filed recently against other...

401(k) advisers push for more general investment policies as fiduciary safeguard

November 8, 2016

The policies governing plan sponsors' investment decisions in 401(k) plans are adopting language that's more general rather than prescriptive in nature, as a way to safeguard against fiduciary breach and future legal action, according to advisers...

Strategic Insight acquires BrightScope

November 1, 2016

BrightScope Inc., a financial services data provider, has been acquired by Strategic Insight, according to an announcement Nov. 1. Founded in 2008 by two brothers, Mike and Ryan Alfred, San Diego-headquartered BrightScope is well known for its...

New path for resolving late RIA rollovers

October 30, 2016

As advisers formulate year-end tax strategies, they should familiarize themselves with new rules put out by the IRS regarding late IRA rollovers. Nobody should ever have a late rollover if they can help it. Doing so risks incurring a 10% penalty...

DOL expects to issue final rule on city retirement programs by year end

October 26, 2016

The Labor Department expects to issue a final rule governing city retirement programs by the end of the year, according to Phyllis Borzi, assistant secretary of labor at the department's Employee Benefits Security Administration. The rule would...

DOL fiduciary rule won't help some 403(b) retirement plans

October 21, 2016

Through its fiduciary rule, the Department of Labor is attempting to rein in conflicted investment advice and reduce costs for retirement savers. However, there's a corner of the retirement market plagued by the sort of high fees and sales practices...

Stars aligning for use of annuities in 401(k) plans

October 19, 2016

In recent years, policymakers have increasingly paid attention to annuities as one way to help investors solve the retirement puzzle. A recently released government report reviews the current barriers to annuities on the 401(k) plan menu and...

Divorce might be the worst financial plan of all

October 19, 2016

Divorce can crush just about any retirement savings strategy. And women generally suffer more than men. The later a woman divorces, the more likely she is to be working late in life. The road to real riches often begins in Congress, where the...

DOL fiduciary rule will trim 401(k) advisers' stable of record keepers, asset managers: study

October 13, 2016

Advisers to defined contribution plans will likely trim the number of record-keeping firms and asset managers they regularly use for DC business because of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule, mainly with an eye to cutting costs, according...

Alternative investments have made little headway in getting on retirement plan menus

October 9, 2016

A more than doubling of the U.S. stock market since the 2008 financial crisis has presented a persistent hurdle for most proponents of alternative investment strategies, but it has yet to derail their efforts. A raging bull market is probably...

Sponsor of small 401(k) sued for losses tied to large 'patent troll' investment

October 4, 2016

A new 401(k) lawsuit against a small retirement plan demonstrates the kind of trouble plan sponsors can find themselves in when they try to go it alone. A Florida-based business and its owner were sued last Friday for actions taken in the company's...

Outsourced 401(k) fiduciary services emerge after DOL rule

October 3, 2016

With the Labor Department's fiduciary rule upping the ante for many 401(k) advisers and their broker-dealers, providers from around the retirement market are looking at ways to defray fiduciary responsibility, and in some cases, possibly replace...

Grappling with retirement health costs

September 25, 2016

It is fairly well-known that Americans are living longer and that medical costs are climbing. How advisers are dealing with these two trends is less clear. There is a good reason why, in the opening paragraph of his cover story last week, InvestmentNews...

Legislation supporting multiple employer plans could become reality by year-end

September 22, 2016

A policy mechanism that's somewhat of an industry darling when it comes to the notion of boosting retirement-plan coverage is now within reach, following the Senate Finance Committee's unanimous approval of retirement legislation on Wednesday....

Advisers face big challenges in helping clients prepare for health-care costs in retirement

September 18, 2016

Health-care costs are the great unknown of retirement. Not only are health expenses rising quickly overall, but medical needs and conditions vary dramatically from person to person. There are several moving parts, from combinations of different...

Voya targeted in 401(k) fee suit hinging on relationship with Financial Engines

September 14, 2016

Voya Financial Inc. has been targeted for self-dealing in a new 401(k) lawsuit centering on the provider's relationship with managed-account provider Financial Engines Inc. A participant in the Nestle 401(k) Savings Plan, for which Voya serves...

Empower evolving 401(k) defaults with TDF-managed account hybrid

September 13, 2016

Empower Retirement, a unit of Great-West Financial, is developing a new type of default investment for 401(k) plans that fuses target-date funds and managed accounts to try improving on what some see as a shortcoming in how TDFs are structured....

Government Accountability Office pushes DOL to update 401(k) annuity rules

September 12, 2016

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Labor Department update rules around the offering of annuities in 401(k) plans, in hopes of spurring greater uptake of lifetime income options among participants. In a new report, the...

DOL fiduciary rule could cause half of potential IRA rollover assets to stay put: Report

September 8, 2016

Advisory firms banking on attracting loads of new assets from baby boomers rolling over 401(k) plans into individual retirement accounts may need to come up with a new plan for boosting AUM. The new Labor Department rule mandating that retirement...

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