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How to design a 401(k) plan that's lawsuit-proof

March 6, 2018

Lawsuits targeting 401(k) plans have become commonplace over the past decade. It's no longer much of a surprise to hear that another plan sponsor has been sued over some aspect of its plan design, and speculation is that such legal action will...

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...

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...

Georgetown sued for allegedly violating fiduciary duties in its 403(b) plans

March 1, 2018

Participants in two Georgetown University defined contribution plans sued the university, alleging that its management of the plans violated its fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The participants, who are seeking...

How low can 401(k) advisory fees go?

February 28, 2018

The race to the bottom is accelerating, and the bottom is nowhere in sight. Even before the regulatory spotlight shone brightly on defined-contribution plan fees as the result of Department of Labor rules promulgated in 2012, many plan sponsors,...

Popular 403(b) resource launching directory of fiduciary advisers

February 26, 2018

A popular resource for participants in 403(b) plans, which are retirement plans for educational institutions, nonprofits and churches, is trying to stop what it sees as abusive sales conduct toward retirement savers by launching a directory...

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...

What's the right number of funds in a 401(k) plan?

February 16, 2018

Just what is the optimal number of funds to have in a defined-contribution plan? It's a tricky question, and depends on a number of factors such as the profile and mindset of the plan sponsor and its employees. However, there's a sweet spot...

Why defined-contribution plan innovation is so slow

February 14, 2018

At a recent defined-contribution industry conference, the topic presented by one of the panels, which included an executive from a company that sponsors a large retirement plan, was "radical innovation." Before the discussion could begin, the...

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...

4 ways to build a 401(k) for baby boomers

February 14, 2018

Retirement plan advisers need to start thinking about how to design 401(k) plans to reflect the increasing numbers of baby boomers in the workforce. There was a nearly 50% jump in people over the age of 75 in the workforce between 1996 and 2016....

401(k) plan sponsors are increasingly hiring fiduciary advisers

February 13, 2018

Employers sponsoring a 401(k) plan, especially small business owners, are increasingly hiring investment advisers who serve as fiduciaries to their retirement plan, new research suggests. About 70% of all 401(k) plans used an independent investment...

Financial Engines expands to small 401(k) plans with ADP partnership

February 6, 2018

Financial Engines Inc., a managed-account provider for 401(k) plans, is expanding its reach by partnering with record keeper ADP to bring its advice and investment management services down-market to small retirement plans. With $160 billion...

Most defined-contribution executives not aware of their fiduciary duties

February 5, 2018

When it comes to fiduciary awareness, what defined-contribution-plan executives don't know can hurt them, their plans and their participants. Recent surveys and observations by defined-contribution experts highlight troubling gaps in executives'...

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...

Empower unveils free 401(k) diagnostic tool

January 25, 2018

Empower Retirement, one of the largest providers of defined contribution plans, is trying to court retirement plan advisers with a new plan diagnostic tool that's free for advisers, whether or not they use Empower as a record keeper. The launch...

How new leadership at DOL could address retirement rules

January 25, 2018

By all accounts, the administration of Donald J. Trump is slashing regulations across government. However, there are some exceptions to the rule, and a less ambitious deregulatory regime seems likely under new leadership at the Department of...

Fidelity pushes Vanguard to compete on brand in 401(k) plans

January 24, 2018

Fidelity Investments' move to impose an additional fee on Vanguard Group assets is going to test plan sponsors' loyalty to the index-fund giant, according to retirement plan advisers, as employers are forced to choose between sticking with a...

Fidelity charging new fee on Vanguard assets held in 401(k) plans

January 22, 2018

Fidelity Investments, the largest record keeper of assets held in defined-contribution plans, has begun charging employers a fee on 401(k) assets held in Vanguard Group investment funds. Starting this year, Fidelity will charge all new 401(k)...

How advisers can manage IRA rollover risk under the DOL fiduciary rule

January 19, 2018

Advisers need to examine their practices for IRA rollovers in the new fiduciary environment created by the Department of Labor's conflict-of-interest rule. As background, there are three ways an adviser can help a participant with a rollover....

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