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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...

Private equity adds fuel to 401(k) record-keeper consolidation

May 11, 2017

Just as 401(k) record keepers cry poverty, claiming there are no profit margins left and fueling consolidation, private equity has jumped in, perhaps seeing value that traditional record keepers are missing. What's causing this consolidation...

Putnam kicks off expanded ESG effort

May 3, 2017

Putnam Investments has hired Katherine Collins to head a new sustainable investing effort that could lead to the introduction of the firm's first standalone ESG funds. In her new role, Ms. Collins will head a team responsible for overseeing...

Judge in Putnam 401(k) suit deals potential setback to plaintiffs using Vanguard as fee benchmark

April 6, 2017

A federal judge has seemingly dealt a blow to plaintiffs bringing claims against financial services companies for excessive retirement plan fees, following a recent ruling in a self-dealing lawsuit involving Putnam Investments' 401(k) plan....

Advisers finding more social media success

October 13, 2016

Financial advisers are increasingly comfortable tweeting and posting to Facebook and LinkedIn as securities regulators have made their expectations about social media more clear. Advisers are finding success using social sites to cull prospects,...

Neuberger Berman sued for excessive 401(k) fees

August 4, 2016

Neuberger Berman, an investment manager with $246 billion in assets under management, has been sued by a participant in the company's 401(k) plan for alleged self-dealing, whereby the firm offered a high-fee, poorly performing proprietary fund...

Franklin Templeton sued by employees for self-dealing in 401(k) plan

August 1, 2016

Franklin Resources Inc., the asset management firm operating under the name Franklin Templeton Investments, has been sued for self-dealing in its own 401(k), joining a growing list of similarly situated companies targeted by their employees...

New York Life sued by employees claiming excessive 401(k) fees

July 20, 2016

New York Life Insurance Co. is the newest member to the ever-growing list of asset managers and retirement plan providers being sued by their employees for fiduciary breach in the company 401(k) plan. Current participants in two New York Life...

American Century employees sue for excessive 401(k) fees

July 5, 2016

Employees of American Century Companies, Inc., parent of asset management firm American Century Investments, have sued over the firm's 401(k) plan, the latest in a string of lawsuits targeting financial services companies for their own retirement...

Inside the death of the regional broker-dealer

November 1, 2015

A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., Advest Inc., McDonald & Co. Twenty years ago, all were respected names in the securities industry — highly competitive regional broker-dealers whose advisers were employees, not independent contractors. Smaller than...

More advisers are gaining new clients through social media

September 21, 2015

Advisers who use social media say that they see a good chance of attracting new clients via their presence on various digital platforms, studies have shown. About 43% of the 300 advisers who responded to American Century Investments' sixth annual...

Advisers remain loyal to American Funds through ups and downs

August 9, 2015

Financial adviser Frank Congemi has no doubt about the benefits of active management. He's just as certain when it comes to his manager of choice, American Funds. Mr. Congemi, a broker registered with Securities America Inc., is allocating all...

F-Squared files for bankruptcy

July 8, 2015

F-Squared Investments Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday and arranged for its investment strategies to be managed by a new firm, capping the rise-and-fall story of an exchange-traded fund manager once popular with financial advisers....

DOL fiduciary proposal feels heat as more industry players pile on

June 9, 2015

The leader of a prominent retirement-plan company and a top business trade group both warned Tuesday that a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule to change investment-advice standards for retirement accounts would hurt small investors and small...

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