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What Fed rate hikes mean for retirees

February 24, 2017

With the Federal Reserve widely expected to hike interest rates in March for the first of what could be four hikes this year, financial advisers will finally have some good news for their retired clients. As rates slowly move higher, the safest...

Beware the gap coming in the number of financial advice professionals

February 22, 2017

With the average financial adviser now 51 years old, and as the baby boom generation grinds toward retirement, it's only natural to fret over a potential dearth of fresh faces to fill the advice ranks. From a big-picture perspective, David Canter,...

New York Life settles 401(k) lawsuit for $3 million

February 16, 2017

New York Life Insurance Co. has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging the firm engaged in self-dealing in its 401(k) plans for the sum of $3 million. Plaintiffs brought the excessive-fee suit against New York Life in July 2016, seeking relief...

Investors to U.S. stock funds: Drop dead

February 16, 2017

The Standard & Poor's 500 roared to a 1.98% gain in January, and investors yawned. The first winning January since 2013 should have cheered investors: A winning January agurs an up year 80% of the time. Yet U.S. stock funds saw a net inflow...

Families at odds over estates, Fidelity study finds

February 1, 2017

When it comes to discussing their estates, it turns out that parents and their adult children are rarely on the same page, according to a recent study by Fidelity Investments. Although 90% of families say it's important to have frank conversations...

Aon Hewitt sued for 401(k) 'kickback' scheme with Financial Engines

January 31, 2017

Aon Hewitt is the latest retirement-plan record keeper to be sued for an alleged kickback scheme with 401(k) advice provider Financial Engines, following similar lawsuits filed recently against three other prominent record keepers. A participant...

The Trump Effect: How the president will impact financial markets

January 29, 2017

When Donald Trump talks — or tweets — the public pays attention. When he takes a certain company or industry to task, investors listen and markets react. Although before the election Mr. Trump said he thought the stock market was in a “big,...

Clients getting divorced may encounter hidden 401(k) fees

January 23, 2017

A profit center. A silent fee. One more kick in the pants. Those are a few of the ways divorce lawyers describe the fee that many 401(k) plan participants have to pay when they need to divide a retirement account in a divorce. As more wealth...

Fidelity's Bob Oros to take over as CEO of HD Vest

January 23, 2017

Bob Oros, executive vice president and head of the RIA segment at Fidelity Investments, is taking over as CEO of HD Vest Financial Services Inc. Mr. Oros, 51, who is slated to leave Fidelity at the end of the month, will replace Roger Ochs,...

Ron Carson reveals friction with LPL led to move to Cetera

January 22, 2017

In his first interview after officially moving his firm to Cetera Financial Group last week, Ron Carson acknowledged there was friction between him and his old broker-dealer, LPL Financial, and said he ultimately lost faith in the ability of...

Bob Oros leaving Fidelity

January 13, 2017

Bob Oros, executive vice president and head of the RIA segment at Fidelity Investments, is leaving the company at the end of the month to pursue a “unique new personal challenge,” according to a company spokeswoman. Mr. Oros, 51, announced...

Even top notch firms feel sting from fickle investors

January 12, 2017

William Nygren has succeeded at a difficult task: picking stocks to deliver market-beating returns over long stretches of time. Both his $16.5 billion Oakmark Fund and his $5.6 billion Oakmark Select Fund have topped the S&P 500 by an annual...

Prudential, Captrust win 401(k) fiduciary breach lawsuit

January 4, 2017

Prudential Financial and CAPTRUST Financial Advisors have defeated allegations of fiduciary breach in a 401(k) lawsuit against the two companies and the employer sponsoring the retirement plan. Connecticut district court judge Victor A. Bolden...

Fidelity's eMoney to hit record revenue in 2016

December 20, 2016

Changes that eMoney Advisor made to offer cheaper, less complex planning tools for some advisers early this year helped the fintech firm that's backed by Fidelity Investments achieve record revenue growth this year. That move, along with an...

Outlook for 2017: Strategists from Vanguard, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Ameriprise, BlackRock and others weigh in

December 20, 2016

Economists make predictions because people ask them to, and the same holds true for market strategists. Here's a roundup of predictions for 2017 from major fund companies and brokerages. VANGUARD: JOE DAVIS, CHIEF GLOBAL ECONOMIST, AND TEAM...

Michael Durbin gets to work building out Fidelity's distribution channels to advisers

December 14, 2016

In the quietly aggressive ground game of custody and clearing services, Fidelity Investments has turned to Michael Durbin to lead its next charge. By most measures, he appears well-suited for the job as head of Fidelity Institutional Product,...

Piling up returns like Warren Buffett and George Soros might be easier than you think

December 7, 2016

What do George Soros, Warren Buffett and a computer have in common? Turns out, a lot. At least that's the view of AQR Capital Management, the program-driven investment firm whose founders made their names finding the math behind investment success....

Target-date fund managers evolve to capture burgeoning 401(k) market

December 5, 2016

For providers of target-date funds, it's no longer enough to be a one-trick pony. Over the last several years, TDF managers have engaged in a marketing bonanza of new products to stand out in an increasingly competitive — and lucrative —...

Abigail Johnson takes the helm of Fidelity

November 22, 2016

Edward C. Johnson III, chairman of Fidelity Investments, will be stepping down from the Boston-based mutual fund giant in December, handing the reins to his daughter, Abigail Johnson, its current chief executive, according to the Wall Street...

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...

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