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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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

How low can 401(k) advisory fees go?

February 28, 2018

The race to the bottom is accelerating, and the bottom is nowhere in sight. Even before the regulatory spotlight shone brightly on defined-contribution plan fees as the result of Department of Labor rules promulgated in 2012, many plan sponsors,...

Popular 403(b) resource launching directory of fiduciary advisers

February 26, 2018

A popular resource for participants in 403(b) plans, which are retirement plans for educational institutions, nonprofits and churches, is trying to stop what it sees as abusive sales conduct toward retirement savers by launching a directory...

NYU lawsuit becomes first 403(b) fee case to go to trial

February 23, 2018

A lawsuit charging New York University with charging excessive fees in its retirement plan is heading to trial, after a federal judge on Thursday denied the university's motion for summary judgment in the case. However, the judge on Friday entirely...

Hub International acquires RIA with $850 million in retirement plan assets

February 21, 2018

Hub International, a firm new to the ranks of 401(k)-focused RIA aggregators, has acquired a Texas-based advisory firm overseeing roughly $850 million in retirement-plan assets. IPS Advisors, based in Dallas, is also an independent life and...

Active TDF managers push to compete on fees

February 20, 2018

Asset managers with actively managed target-date funds are pushing to lower fees in an environment of heightened cost sensitivity. Litigation accusing employers of having high retirement-plan fees and the difficult-to-benchmark nature of TDF...

What's the right number of funds in a 401(k) plan?

February 16, 2018

Just what is the optimal number of funds to have in a defined-contribution plan? It's a tricky question, and depends on a number of factors such as the profile and mindset of the plan sponsor and its employees. However, there's a sweet spot...

Why defined-contribution plan innovation is so slow

February 14, 2018

At a recent defined-contribution industry conference, the topic presented by one of the panels, which included an executive from a company that sponsors a large retirement plan, was "radical innovation." Before the discussion could begin, the...

New tax law could increase pension risk transfers

February 14, 2018

Pension risk transfers are poised to pick up this year as employers race to meet a tangential deadline imposed by the new tax law. A pension risk transfer allows employers to offload the risk associated with their defined-benefit plans to an...

4 ways to build a 401(k) for baby boomers

February 14, 2018

Retirement plan advisers need to start thinking about how to design 401(k) plans to reflect the increasing numbers of baby boomers in the workforce. There was a nearly 50% jump in people over the age of 75 in the workforce between 1996 and 2016....

401(k) plan sponsors are increasingly hiring fiduciary advisers

February 13, 2018

Employers sponsoring a 401(k) plan, especially small business owners, are increasingly hiring investment advisers who serve as fiduciaries to their retirement plan, new research suggests. About 70% of all 401(k) plans used an independent investment...

Target-date assets continue to climb

February 12, 2018

Target-date strategies continue to capture a growing portion of assets among the largest 1,000 U.S. retirement systems, Pensions & Investments' annual survey showed. For the 12 months ended Sept. 30, target-date strategies accounted for 20.4%...

Financial Engines expands to small 401(k) plans with ADP partnership

February 6, 2018

Financial Engines Inc., a managed-account provider for 401(k) plans, is expanding its reach by partnering with record keeper ADP to bring its advice and investment management services down-market to small retirement plans. With $160 billion...

401(k) advisers vs. institutional consultants: On a collision course?

January 31, 2018

At a recent industry conference that primarily attracted consultants and providers for the largest retirement plans, a Willis Towers Watson representative asked me in the elevator where I was from. I answered, "The dark side." He laughed, but...

Capital Group, sponsor of American Funds, wins 401(k) lawsuit

January 26, 2018

Capital Group, which sponsors the American Funds brand of investment products, has won a lawsuit alleging the company profited at the expense of its employees by loading its 401(k) plan with costly in-house funds. The decision was sure to be...

How new leadership at DOL could address retirement rules

January 25, 2018

By all accounts, the administration of Donald J. Trump is slashing regulations across government. However, there are some exceptions to the rule, and a less ambitious deregulatory regime seems likely under new leadership at the Department of...

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