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Funds with revenue-sharing fees can be cheapest option in 401(k) plans

February 14, 2017

The use of mutual funds with revenue-sharing fees in retirement plans has come under fire due to a push toward 401(k) fee transparency and an increase in excessive-fee litigation, which often attacks the practice due to cost concerns. But revenue-sharing...

Blackstone acquisition of Aon Hewitt could signal push by private equity into 401(k) plans

February 13, 2017

Amid the flurry of consolidation activity among defined-contribution-plan record keepers over the past few years, Blackstone Group's acquisition of Aon Hewitt's record-keeping business, announced Friday, stands as an outlier. Whereas high-profile...

Congress seeks to kill DOL rules on state, city auto-IRA programs

February 8, 2017

Republicans are trying to take more Obama-era retirement regulations off the books, their most recent target being Labor Department rules promoting the establishment of auto-IRA programs by cities and states. Two House Republicans introduced...

Trump executive order may prevent guidance on employee benefits issues

February 7, 2017

For employee benefits practitioners, the key takeaway from a recent Trump administration executive order on reducing regulations and controlling regulatory costs is this: “For every one new regulation issued, two prior regulations must be...

Aon Hewitt sued for 401(k) 'kickback' scheme with Financial Engines

January 31, 2017

Aon Hewitt is the latest retirement-plan record keeper to be sued for an alleged kickback scheme with 401(k) advice provider Financial Engines, following similar lawsuits filed recently against three other prominent record keepers. A participant...

How retirement plan advisers can help clients with compliance

January 30, 2017

Retirement plans are complicated, and employers often find themselves too busy to give them appropriate attention. Given the complexity of operating these plans, a large number of plan sponsors may inadvertently be out of compliance, and this...

Some 401(k) advisers seize on Trump tax reform to push Roth

January 27, 2017

Some retirement plan advisers are using the prospect of tax reform in the Trump administration to promote the idea of a Roth 401(k) to employers and their employees. Lower income tax rates are a prominent feature of tax plans presented by both...

$4 billion hybrid RIA to leave LPL

January 27, 2017

Resources Investment Advisors Inc., a hybrid RIA with roughly $4.1 billion in assets that focuses on corporate retirement plans, and LPL Financial are parting ways, the two companies confirmed. A network of several hybrid registered investment...

JPMorgan sued for self-dealing in its 401(k) plan

January 26, 2017

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been sued by a participant in its 401(k) plan for allegedly causing employees to pay millions of dollars in excessive fees through a scheme motivated by “self-interest.” The plaintiff claims JPMorgan, as well as...

401(k) plans make big fund changes following new money market rules

January 25, 2017

Employers have drastically mixed up the “safe” investment options offered in their defined contribution plans in response to new rules that came into effect last year regarding money market funds. The Securities and Exchange Commission's...

Clients getting divorced may encounter hidden 401(k) fees

January 23, 2017

A profit center. A silent fee. One more kick in the pants. Those are a few of the ways divorce lawyers describe the fee that many 401(k) plan participants have to pay when they need to divide a retirement account in a divorce. As more wealth...

DOL's new FAQs on fiduciary rule focus on circumventing fiduciary status

January 18, 2017

The Department of Labor has issued a second set of answers to questions frequently asked by advisers about its new conflict of interest rule. The document reiterates, reinforces and clarifies key concepts at a technical level through the use...

Second round of DOL fiduciary rule FAQs clears confusion on common compensation practice for 401(k) advisers

January 17, 2017

The Department of Labor, in its recent round of answers to frequently asked questions on the fiduciary rule, green-lit a popular compensation method used by retirement plan advisers that some had called into question following the department's...

Most small employers oppose state, federal government as auto-IRA sponsors: survey

January 13, 2017

While the vast majority of small-business owners support the idea of offering auto-IRAs to their employees, most oppose the plans being sponsored and administered by the state or federal government, according to a survey conducted by The Pew...

Why retirement plan advisers should care about the HSA market

January 11, 2017

Why should retirement plan advisers care about health savings accounts? The short answer: The HSA market is growing and there is a void in education and advice, which retirement plan advisers are perfectly positioned to fill. The money in HSAs...

State auto-IRA programs could be a boon for 401(k) advisers

January 9, 2017

State retirement programs like the ones being established in California and Maryland may, at first blush, seem to pose competition for 401(k) advisers. After all, the programs would seemingly take away potential client prospects. Aside from...

Americans steadily boosting 401(k) deferral rates

January 5, 2017

Saving for retirement requires making sacrifices now so your future self can afford to stop working later. Someday. Maybe. It's not news that Americans aren't saving enough. The typical baby boomer, whose generation is just starting to retire,...

Prudential, Captrust win 401(k) fiduciary breach lawsuit

January 4, 2017

Prudential Financial and CAPTRUST Financial Advisors have defeated allegations of fiduciary breach in a 401(k) lawsuit against the two companies and the employer sponsoring the retirement plan. Connecticut district court judge Victor A. Bolden...

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...

Obama administration shows more support for annuities in 401(k) plans

January 3, 2017

In its most recent show of support for lifetime income products in defined-contribution plans, the Obama administration has said it may be “prudent” in particular circumstances to default participants into target date funds that bundle in...

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