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Tax reform anomaly could diminish some companies' need for 401(k) plan

September 28, 2017

The Republican tax-reform framework released Wednesday has led to concern within some retirement industry circles that plan creation and maintenance — and plan advisers' businesses — would be negatively impacted by its policy details. The...

Private equity firms see hidden value in 401(k) record keeping

September 28, 2017

Sometimes when enough people say the same thing, it becomes the conventional wisdom. That doesn't necessarily make it true. Most 401(k) industry experts claim there isn't money to be made in the record-keeping business. But some heady private...

401(k) lawsuit attacks excessive advisory fees paid to UBS

September 26, 2017

A company sponsoring a $157 million 401(k) plan has been sued for allowing unreasonably high fees to be charged for plan services, including advisory services provided by UBS. The lawsuit in question alleges the 401(k) plan sponsor, Novitex...

Jerry Schlichter's fee lawsuits have left an indelible mark on the 401(k) industry

September 23, 2017

At first glance, Sept. 11, 2006, may not stand out as a remarkable date in American history. But to retirement wonks, it is: That's the day a personal injury lawyer from St. Louis filed a flurry of lawsuits against major corporations, alleging...

University of Pennsylvania wins retirement plan suit

September 22, 2017

A lawsuit challening the fees and investments options offered in the retirement plan sponsored by The University of Pennsylvania has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, according to Bloomberg BNA....

How plan advisers can ease stress about retirement readiness

September 19, 2017

According to a recent retirement confidence study conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, American workers are stressed about their inability to retire, but few are doing anything about it. For retirement plan advisers, this is...

Retirement plan advisers need to start marketing to providers

September 13, 2017

Defined-contribution-plan plan advisers are relying more and more on providers, especially asset managers, to help them with marketing and practice management. But resources are shrinking as margins get thinner, with more assets moving into...

Fiduciary liability defenses for advisers under ERISA

September 12, 2017

If an investment adviser makes a recommendation to a retirement plan sponsor or investment manager, who then follows that recommendation and later challenges it as a breach of fiduciary duty, there are several types of defenses available to...

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...

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...

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...

Fiduciary education is key for plan-sponsor investment committees

September 2, 2017

The word "fiduciary" is no longer quaint financial jargon for most plan sponsors. Due to regulatory changes over the past several years and attention surrounding the new Labor Department conflict-of-interest rule for plan advisers, the term...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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