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Defined-contribution plans showing returns closer to those of pensions

March 1, 2018

In the past decade, defined contribution plans have seen returns creep closer to those of their defined benefit brethren, as more DC plans have seen improved asset mixes and better plan designs, with more automatic enrollment and better default...

Senate bill aims to boost 401(k) annuities, small-employer retirement plans

March 8, 2018

New bipartisan legislation in the Senate aims to increase the use of annuities in 401(k) plans, and boost retirement-plan adoption by small employers through a particular type of defined-contribution plan known as an open multiple employer plan....

Massachusetts finds MetLife 'missing' pensioners, Galvin says

March 1, 2018

The Massachusetts securities regulator has found hundreds of retirees in the state who are owed pension payments by MetLife and whom the insurer said it had been unable to locate. MetLife provided the names to Secretary of the Commonwealth William...

Pension risk transfers swelled nearly 70% in 2017

March 2, 2018

Employers offloaded pension liabilities at nearly record levels in 2017, a reflection of the fact that pension plans have become more costly to keep on the books, longevity has increased and 401(k) plans have grown more popular. Rising interest...

Future retirees more vulnerable to income shocks

February 21, 2018

The two major shocks that hit the elderly today are a spike in medical expenses and a sharp drop in income upon becoming a widow. While some of today's retirees are financially fragile, most appear able to absorb shocks without incurring hardship,...

Hub International acquires RIA with $850 million in retirement plan assets

February 21, 2018

Hub International, a firm new to the ranks of 401(k)-focused RIA aggregators, has acquired a Texas-based advisory firm overseeing roughly $850 million in retirement-plan assets. IPS Advisors, based in Dallas, is also an independent life and...

New tax law could increase pension risk transfers

February 14, 2018

Pension risk transfers are poised to pick up this year as employers race to meet a tangential deadline imposed by the new tax law. A pension risk transfer allows employers to offload the risk associated with their defined-benefit plans to an...

New Year's resolutions for 401(k) advisers

January 17, 2018

Opportunities for retirement plan advisers have never been greater. But so are the challenges. The stakes are high, given the lack of retirement plan coverage for half of America's workforce and the fact that most workers are woefully unprepared...

Why 401(k) advisers should be aware of contractual language limitations

January 18, 2018

As counsel for investment managers and investment advisers, we endeavor to draft documents precisely, making clear the obligations of our clients and seeking to limit their exposures to the extent permissible by the Employee Retirement Income...

Why raising fee awareness matters for 401(k) advisers

January 18, 2018

A keystone behavior is one that positively influences other behaviors and generates collateral benefits. For retirement plan advisers who want to positively impact the success of their plan clients and participants, this means focusing on raising...

Qualified Plan Advisors acquires $4 billion retirement shop

January 9, 2018

Qualified Plan Advisors, an Overland Park, Kan.-based firm focused on defined-contribution plans, has acquired an advisory group overseeing roughly $4 billion in retirement assets, furthering the consolidation trend that's gripped the retirement...

As longevity stalls, corporations enjoy a windfall on pensions, benefits

August 8, 2017

Steady improvements in American life expectancy have stalled, and more Americans are dying at younger ages. But for companies straining under the burden of their pension obligations, the distressing trend could have a grim upside: If people...

Pension transfers in vogue as expense grows, and companies shift to 401(k) plans

December 5, 2017

Employers are increasingly offloading their pension obligations as plan expenses increase, economic conditions improve and companies continue a pronounced shift toward 401(k) plans. A pension buyout — not to be confused with a lump sum payout...

ING closes $900M CitiStreet acquisition

July 1, 2008

ING Groep announced today that it completed the acquisition of CitiStreet LLC, one of the premier retirement plan and benefit service organization’s in the United States. The deal makes Hartford, Conn.-based ING Wealth Management, a division...

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....

Trump administration seeks to give boost to 401(k) annuities

October 31, 2017

The Trump administration wants to give a shot in the arm to annuities in 401(k) plans by encouraging rules to make it more palatable for plan sponsors to offer such products. The Treasury Department issued a report calling for the Labor Department...

Social Security rules for divorced public employees

February 19, 2015

Divorced couples who were married for at least 10 years can claim Social Security benefits on each other's earnings records as if they are still married. But questions may arise when one of the ex-spouses is a public sector employee. Last week,...

Tax reform: How the House bill changes rules for retirement savings

November 3, 2017

The headline news for retirement plan advisers Thursday upon the unveiling of the House tax bill was that a reduction in the pre-tax 401(k) savings limit is off the table, for now. But there are plenty of other details in the tax-reform legislation,...

Social Security offset rules can cut or eliminate benefits

August 28, 2014

As a financial adviser, it is critical to know whether your clients who have worked for city, state or federal government — or in some cases, public school systems — may be affected by rules that can reduce or eliminate their Social Security...

IRS shuts lump-sum window for retirees already receiving benefits

July 10, 2015

Defined benefit plan sponsors can no longer replace annuity payments with lump-sum distributions to retirees and their beneficiaries, the IRS said Thursday. With the amendments applying as of July 9, “it definitely has an immediate impact,”...

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