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David Bach wants to turn RIAs into 'local celebrities'

December 13, 2017

Can aggressive marketing be the foundation of a financial advisory firm's growth strategy? David Bach believes it can, and he's marketing his own firm to prove it. Mr. Bach, co-founder of AE Wealth Management, thinks too many smaller advisory...

Investment firms race to master financial tech before potential super rivals

December 13, 2017

"Alexa ...will I meet my retirement goal?" "You are not on track to meet your retirement goal," replies Amazon.com Inc.'s voice-activated digital assistant, with not a bit of sugar-coating. Then she suggests turning over $76 a month to Fidelity...

Wentworth buys Purshe Kaplan Sterling

December 5, 2017

Independent broker-dealer mergers and acquisitions continue to heat up as a buyer of wealth management businesses, Wentworth Management Services, said on Tuesday afternoon it acquired Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, a boutique firm that...

401(k) managed account push rife with conflicts of interest

November 28, 2017

Record keepers are looking to managed accounts to be their next 401(k) cash cow, but the way some firms are promoting the products to investors is rife with conflicts. Several providers, including Nationwide, Voya Financial and ICMA-RC, offer...

Do specialized retirement plan advisers even need a broker-dealer?

November 22, 2017

Financial advisers who specialize in the retirement plan market may find themselves considering a break from their broker-dealer. The past several years have seen 401(k) specialists, similar to wealth managers in the retail market, migrate toward...

Wells Fargo sees big TDF outflows from mutual funds

November 20, 2017

Target-date funds are on track for a near-record year, but Wells Fargo & Co. doesn't seem to be participating in the boom. TDFs have catapulted to popularity over the past decade as 401(k) plan sponsors' preferred default investment, and flows...

Head of Merrill Lynch's adviser-sold 401(k) sales to depart

November 10, 2017

Joe Mrozek, head of small- and middle-market 401(k) sales at Merrill Lynch, is leaving the firm, a spokeswoman has confirmed. Mr. Mrozek, whose official title is head of small-mid market business development and adviser programs, has taken a...

Smart data can improve behavior, outcomes for retirement savers

November 9, 2017

We have all heard of big data, which the defined contribution industry has not leveraged sufficiently and has gotten a black eye for it. At a recent industry conference, I heard Tina Wilson, senior vice president at MassMutual, mention a new...

Women at Fidelity describe culture of bias, revenge

November 3, 2017

The trouble for Erika Wesson at Fidelity Investments began with an anonymous email. "Maybe you can go out there and do another deal where you lose millions. Stupid Bitch!" a copy of the 2008 message reads. Wesson was then a Fidelity analyst...

Retirement-savings advocates to mobilize forces if tax-reform plan cuts benefits

October 31, 2017

On the eve of the release of the House Republican tax-reform proposal, retirement-savings advocates are hoping for the best but preparing to swing into action if the plan is too stringent on curtailing pre-tax contributions to retirement plans....

It's time to speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace

October 28, 2017

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, tens of thousands of women — and some men — have started sharing their stories of sexual abuse and harassment under the #metoo hashtag. Men account for 84.3% of the financial adviser community,...

Xerox wins lawsuit alleging 'kickback' scheme with Financial Engines

October 23, 2017

Xerox HR Solutions has won a lawsuit alleging it engaged in a pay-to-play scheme with the robo-adviser Financial Engines, marking the third defeat this year for plaintiffs bringing such charges against 401(k) record keepers. Xerox's defined...

After a second employee leaves over sexual harassment, Fidelity holds emergency meeting

October 23, 2017

The departure of another Fidelity Investments portfolio manager accused of bad workplace behavior prompted an emergency staff meeting last week. Brian Hogan, head of the Boston-based firm's equity group, held the discussion Oct. 16 with employees...

Private equity eyes advisory firms, but at what cost?

October 18, 2017

Private equity investors have their eyes on the financial advice market, but there's a debate brewing among industry executives over the merits of using that private capital. "Here's a news flash, Charlie: the independent space has been discovered....

Consumer Federation of America claims brokerage firms may be violating DOL fiduciary rule

October 5, 2017

This story has been updated to reflect clarifications from the Consumer Federation of America and other information, as well as a statement from Fidelity Investments. The Consumer Federation of America is calling on multiple regulatory bodies...

IBD mergers gain steam as year unfolds

October 4, 2017

After a slow start to the year, independent broker-dealer mergers and acquisitions have picked up pace. Most notably, LPL Financial in August said it bought the assets of the four firms in the National Planning Holdings Network. A recent report...

DOL fiduciary rule ups ante for monitoring of 401(k) record keepers

October 4, 2017

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule is changing how retirement plan advisers help their clients monitor record-keeping firms such as Fidelity Investments and Empower Retirement. The regulation, which raises investment-advice standards in...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Fidelity alleging fault in Delta 401(k)

October 4, 2017

A U.S. District Court judge in Boston has dismissed a lawsuit against two units of Fidelity Investments, which were accused by participants in a Fidelity client's retirement plan of violating fiduciary duties. The plaintiffs are participants...

Durbin gets promoted again, this time to lead Fidelity Institutional

October 3, 2017

Less than 10 months after taking over as head of Fidelity Institutional's product and platform technology group, Michael Durbin is moving up the ladder once again to take his boss' job, as head of Fidelity Institutional, where he will be responsible...

Breaking Money Silence: Helping clients understand money taboos and talk more openly about finances

September 30, 2017

The following is an excerpt from "Breaking Money Silence: How to Shatter Money Taboos, Talk More Openly About Finances, and Live a Richer Life" by Kathleen Burns Kingsbury (Praeger, 2017). Ms. Kingsbury is a wealth psychology expert and founder...

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