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Consolidation of record keepers for 401(k) plans 'worrisome'

September 1, 2018

Consolidation among record keepers in the retirement-plan business has created concern among some financial advisers. While deal activity has waned since a feverish pace of blockbuster acquisitions leading up to 2016, experts believe the frenetic...

Fund industry limits C-share investing, cutting 12b-1 fee income for advisers

August 23, 2018

The great share-class migration that has been building this year is starting to unfold, representing a significant pay cut for advisers relying on beefy 12b-1 fees for predictable income streams. Over the next few months, several fund companies...

Deutsche Bank settles 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit for $21.9 million

August 15, 2018

Deutsche Bank has reached a $21.9 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging the investment bank enriched itself at the expense of its employees by loading its company 401(k) plan with proprietary funds. Deutsche's settlement, which still needs...

Citigroup reaches $6.9 million settlement in 401(k) lawsuit

August 6, 2018

Citigroup Inc. has reached a $6.9 million settlement with plaintiffs in a more than decade old lawsuit alleging the financial services firm stuffed its retirement plan with expensive in-house investments, thereby enriching the company at the...

Invesco sued for 'indiscriminately' loading 401(k) plan with in-house funds

June 4, 2018

Invesco has been sued for allegedly stacking its 401(k) plan with proprietary investments, joining the ranks of more than 20 asset managers who have had to defend against similar claims of mismanagement by employees seeking to claw back lost...

Social media helps gain clients, but changes relationships, study finds

April 3, 2018

Social media has changed adviser-client relationships, helping advisers attract and retain clients, but leading to fewer face-to-face meetings or phone conversations, a study by Putnam Investments finds. In its fifth Social Advisor Study, Putnam...

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...

Is ESG investing going mainstream?

February 10, 2018

It is still easy to find naysayers of investing based on environmental, social and governance factors, but those critics who once held the high ground of quantitative and rational analysis are starting to feel the ground slowly crumble beneath...

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...

Allianz agrees to settle 401(k) fee lawsuit for $12 million

January 2, 2018

Allianz has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it peppered its company 401(k) plan with dozens of high-cost, in-house funds. Participants in the 401(k) plan originally brought the suit, Urakhchin v. Allianz Asset Management...

House tax chief says he plans to preserve 401(k) pretax limits

November 1, 2017

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady says he doesn't plan to reduce the pretax contributions American workers can make to 401(k) retirement plans — "unless there's broad agreement" among investment advisers that a different system would...

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....

Fill the Gaps of Special Needs Financial Planning

October 16, 2017

Across the United States, one in five children and adults — 65 million people — will experience a special need or disability during their lifetimes.1 Without assistance from government programs, non-profit organizations or employers, caregivers...

'Rothification' to pay for tax cuts seen as losing momentum, for now

September 27, 2017

Tax incentives to encourage retirement savings appear to be safe for now, but proponents of traditional savings plans are remaining vigilant, as Republicans on Wednesday released the outline that will guide tax reform. The Republican framework...

Tibble v. Edison 401(k) fee-case decision offers 3 lessons

August 22, 2017

Tibble v. Edison, a landmark 401(k)-fee case, is finally nearing its close after 10 years of litigation, following a court order last week that laid to rest the lawsuit's remaining points of contention. The case, the first of its kind to go...

Waddell & Reed latest active fund manager sued for 401(k) self-dealing

June 28, 2017

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc., which sponsors the Waddell & Reed and Ivy-branded investment funds, has been sued for self-dealing in its own 401(k) plan, joining a string of other asset managers to have been targeted recently for similar allegations....

Voya's win in 401(k) fee suit involving Financial Engines bodes well for other record keepers

June 22, 2017

The dismissal of a lawsuit against Voya Financial Inc. for its relationship with 401(k) robo-adviser Financial Engines could be a harbinger of success for other major retirement-plan record keepers locked in similar legal battles. Judge Lorna...

Putnam, Fidelity win respective 401(k) lawsuits

June 20, 2017

Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments have prevailed in separate legal fights centering on their fiduciary duty to retirement plans, at a time when financial services companies are increasingly being targeted for 401(k) self-dealing. A...

Capital Group, the sponsor of American Funds, sued for self-dealing in its 401(k) plan

June 15, 2017

The recent lawsuit lodged against The Capital Group Companies Inc. for alleged self-dealing in the company's 401(k) plan is one of several similar legal battles being waged with large asset managers, and could prove difficult for plaintiffs...

Will the fiduciary rule shrink the ever-expanding world of share classes?

May 13, 2017

First there was​ little share class A. Then there were little share classes B and C. Faster than you could say, "The Cat in the Hat," there were little share classes I, N, K, F and Y. Now the fund industry is contemplating unleashing an estimated...

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