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What a court decision teaches 401(k) advisers about choosing stable-value funds

April 19, 2018

In order to reduce their risk of fiduciary liability, 401(k) plan sponsors often seek to offer an investment menu that satisfies the requirements of ERISA Section 404(c), which eliminates the risk associated with investment choices by plan participants....

Retirement coverage gap, 401(k) rollovers are big emerging threats for plan advisers

April 16, 2018

The retirement-plan coverage gap and rollovers from 401(k) plans to individual retirement accounts have emerged as two of the largest potential threats for retirement plan advisers, the head of the National Association of Plan Advisors said...

Plan advisers, consultants question value of managed accounts

April 16, 2018

A narrow majority of defined-contribution-plan advisers and consultants say managed accounts provide less benefit to participants than target-date funds, according to a survey by Pacific Investment Management Co. Fifty-one percent of respondents...

Insurers' 401(k) record keepers gain big share in small, midsize markets

April 11, 2018

Insurance companies that provide 401(k) record-keeping services have gained substantial market share among small and midsize retirement plans over the past few years. Insurance companies are by far the most common type of record keeper for 401(k)...

Are 401(k) advisers the next DOL targets?

April 11, 2018

The Chicago office of the Department of Labor seems to be targeting 401(k) plan advisers and, if one firm's experience is a guide, the office appears to be targeting large regional firms rather than less experienced advisers. Specialized retirement...

LPL loses $1.8 billion retirement group

April 11, 2018

Ingham Retirement Group, a $1.8 billion advisory firm based in Miami, has left LPL Financial. The firm — a national, independent shop that provides retirement plan consulting and record-keeping, actuarial and investment advice services —...

Your role in people's happiness

March 17, 2018

Every day we hear about financial wellness and financial wellness programs. And the attention is justified. As advisers, you are probably involved in some aspect of increasing people's sense of financial wellness, either individually or programmatically....

Growing pains for 401(k) advisers

March 17, 2018

Darwinian forces are resulting in the survival of the fittest. With 401(k) provider fees declining and profit margins shrinking, especially for defined-contribution investment-only providers, the budgets to support retirement plan advisers are...

Questions to ask to stay compliant as rules change

March 17, 2018

The regulatory landscape for investment advice fractured in 2017. States enacted new rules. The Securities and Exchange Commission began to focus on a definition of "fiduciary." And the National Association of Insurance Commissioners began considering...

401(k) robo-revolution is underway

March 17, 2018

Tech upstarts are making inroads into 401(k) plans and that's bad news for some retirement plan advisers. Such fledgling companies as Betterment for Business, ForUsAll, Human Interest and Vestwell, as well as more established players such as...

Cost-cutting takes precedence in competitive defined-contribution environment

March 23, 2018

U.S. target-date fund managers are continuing to find ways to cut costs amid heightened fee scrutiny from plan executives and consultants, increased competition among managers, and a desire among managers to help improve participants' retirement...

Fisher Investments growing fast in 401(k) market

April 3, 2018

Fisher Investments, one of the largest registered investment advisers in the country, is rapidly growing its fledgling 401(k) advisory business, which some industry observers see as an emerging threat to retirement plan advisers working with...

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...

Retirement savings bill introduced in House

March 16, 2018

The House counterpart to a Senate package of retirement savings initiatives was introduced late Wednesday by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa. Among other provisions, the proposed Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018 would...

Should you use those free tools the 401(k) wholesaler gave you?

March 22, 2018

In the competitive environment surrounding retirement plans nowadays, having any extra advantage is something advisers want and need. The way many retirement plan advisers stand out is by using tools to provide feedback to plan sponsors on a...

Retirement plan advisers ignore content marketing at their peril

March 28, 2018

When I ask retirement plan advisers about their biggest concerns, the most common answer — even in turbulent markets or amid dramatic regulatory changes — is finding new clients. All successful plan advisers have found good ways to prospect,...

Aon Hewitt wins 401(k) lawsuit over robo-adviser kickbacks

March 21, 2018

Aon Hewitt has won a lawsuit alleging that it engaged in a kickback scheme with a 401(k) plan robo-adviser that inflated costs for retirement plan participants. The lawsuit, originally filed in January 2017 on behalf of participants in the Caterpillar...

Passive target-date funds? No such thing

March 17, 2018

If your clients ask for a passively managed target-date fund, you might have to explain to them that there's no such thing — although you should certainly steer them to a low-cost target-date fund. Passive investing has taken investors' fancy...

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...

Retirement plan sponsors' top criteria for choosing an adviser

November 22, 2017

Each year, millions of dollars are spent by advisers and record-keepers in their pursuit of new defined-contribution plan sponsor accounts. Churn in the DC industry is notoriously low. This is the result of relatively high overall satisfaction...

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