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Outlook for 2017 retirement plan litigation

January 3, 2017

2016 saw an uptick in litigation targeting retirement plan fiduciaries, and 2017 will see more of the same, plus the resolution of the definition of a church plan with respect to organizations affiliated with churches, and more cases involving...

Legislation, DOL rule could boost multiple employer plans

November 14, 2016

Multiple employer plans occupy a largely ignored area of the defined contribution market, but a confluence of factors is likely, in the near future, to make such retirement plans more popular for plan advisers serving small-market clients. These...

Careful planning can help public employees avoid Social Security reductions

August 9, 2016

Nothing angers public employees more than rules that reduce the Social Security benefits they have earned by working in the private sector when they are also eligible for a government pension based on work where they did not pay FICA taxes....

Debt dims boomers' retirement prospects

July 18, 2016

What is the biggest difference between baby boomers' retirement and that of their parents? Many people would say disappearing pensions. But even in the heyday of traditional pensions in 1979, fewer than 40% of U.S. workers were covered by a...

Choosing default investment alternatives for 401(k)s requires close due diligence

May 25, 2016

Target date funds are the runaway top choice to serve as the default option for 401(k) plans. According to the Plan Sponsor Council of America, over 80% of all 401(k) plans elect to use a Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) and over...

Why the inventor of 401(k)s came to view them as 'monsters'

May 19, 2016

The father of the 401(k) grew to think the plans were better at sending fees back to the financial industry than helping savers. “He believed in doing the right thing.” Mark Cuban says with “100% certainty” that the market will tank...

The DOL fiduciary rule will forever change financial advice, and the industry has to adapt

May 9, 2016

Americans won hard-fought protections regarding the purity of their retirement advice last month. Now it's up to the nation's financial advisers to decide whether they'll meet the letter — and spirit — of the historic investor protection...

The Fiduciary Journey

May 1, 2016

As the room fills to capacity on April 6 with celebratory lawmakers and advocates awaiting the Labor Department's final fiduciary rule, the champion of the measure, Phyllis Borzi, stands quietly at the back.

Going under the hood of the new DOL fiduciary rule

April 6, 2016

The Labor Department has just revealed the final scope of a controversial new rule intended to raise investment advice standards on retirement accounts. It's the most significant change in the retirement and IRA marketplace since the ERISA law...

As retirement-savings plans go, planning to work longer is a mistake

March 28, 2016

One of the biggest retirement-planning mistakes a lot of investors are making is assuming they will be able to continue working well beyond normal retirement age. It might provide some peace of mind now, but the reality is 50% of retirees have...

Some retirement plan record keepers resort to aggressive sales tactics with proprietary products

March 27, 2016

Throughout 2014, financial adviser Barbara Delaney repeatedly made the case for using a lower-cost target-date-fund share class on behalf of her client, an employer sponsoring a 401(k) plan. The plan's record keeper, however, which also happened...

DOL fiduciary rule will cause retirement plan advisers to outsource liability

March 20, 2016

Outsourced investment advisory services for 401(k) plans stand to reap the benefits of the Labor Department's proposed rule to raise investment advice standards in retirement accounts. The rule would make fiduciaries of any 401(k) adviser giving...

The implications of the DOL retirement study for plan advisers

March 17, 2016

The government announcement seemed innocuous and fairly bland. On Feb. 29, the Department of Labor published one of those arcane agency notices in the Federal Register. The DOL was seeking public comment on a proposed multiyear series of household...

Baby boomers, shift to 401(k)s will send megabucks to advisers by 2020

November 16, 2015

Advisers are poised to see a significant amount of new money coming their way by the end of the decade. By 2020, $1.5 trillion is expected to flow to defined contribution and retail investment markets as money continues to exit pension funds,...

12 predictions about what the Labor Department's fiduciary rule will look like when implemented

November 5, 2015

Opponents of the Department of Labor's controversial conflict of interest rule continue to turn up the political heat. On Oct. 27, the House passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., that would prohibit the DOL from finalizing...

BlackRock launches retirement income calculator

November 2, 2015

BlackRock has launched a retirement income tool to help advisers have the sometimes difficult conversations with their clients about saving more for retirement. Using the firm's retirement income indexes — known as CoRI, which stands for "cost...

Advisers need to brush up on plan participants' risks when taking lump sum distributions

September 17, 2015

Veteran financial planners and wealth managers are accustomed to dispensing advice to clients on lump sum payouts. But they may want to brace for more activity in the coming year that includes a couple of interesting twists, both legal and regulatory....

Pension giants out of sync with alternative investments

September 3, 2015

When multi-billion-dollar pension funds start darting in and out of alternative-investment strategies, it should raise some questions about what really represents so-called smart money. Regarding the report this week that the board of the $191...

Puerto Rico's default could ripple through average Americans' portfolios

August 3, 2015

Puerto Rico has missed a debt payment, marking a major setback for the U.S. commonwealth. The next step is to look at how the fallout could be felt by average Americans. Half of U.S. open-end muni bond funds are exposed to Puerto Rican debt...

Under regulatory pressure, Voya restricts sales of more variable annuities

July 29, 2015

Voya Financial Advisors has restricted sales of variable annuities for the second time in two months, as the brokerage firm faces increased pressure from regulators questioning the suitability of the products for retirement savers. On Monday,...

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