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Roth IRAs hit 20 years old on New Year's Day

December 29, 2017

The first day of 2018 will have special meaning for some retirement planners — the 20th anniversary of the Roth IRA. The plans, which allow individuals to contribute after-tax money into an account that they can withdraw from tax-free in retirement,...

Clients need help filing Social Security disability claims

December 27, 2017

When financial advisers discuss Social Security benefits, it is usually in the context of counseling clients when to claim retirement benefits and the impact of that decision on the amount of survivor benefits for the remaining spouse. But one...

4 questions to ask before doing a 401(k) plan re-enrollment

December 22, 2017

Having a process to help plan sponsors with 401(k) plan re-enrollments is becoming table stakes for retirement plan advisers. Employers do re-enrollments to make sure plan participants have appropriate asset allocations and savings rates. During...

New Social Security rules trip up widow's adviser

December 22, 2017

Whenever I conduct Social Security seminars for consumers and financial advisers around the country, I tell audiences that retirement benefits and survivor benefits represent two separate pots of money. Generally, if you are entitled to both,...

2018 predictions for 401(k) advisers, distributors and record keepers

December 20, 2017

As we approach the end of 2017 and enter 2018, the adviser-sold 401(k) market begins its next phase of development. No longer an awkward, energetic teenager, the market is entering early adulthood, bringing with it heightened responsibilities,...

New York, Massachusetts eye MetLife's unpaid pensions

December 19, 2017

The New York Department of Financial Services, which regulates insurers and banks in the state, and Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, that state's top securities regulator, are investigating MetLife Inc. over its failure...

Getting retirees to spend more money can be a hard sell for advisers

December 19, 2017

With so much advice out there about saving money, being encouraged to spend could sound a little weird. But that's what some advisers are telling retirees to do — to make a New Year's resolution to use more of those dollars they've been socking...

House bill would allow electronic disclosure of retirement plan information

December 13, 2017

Bipartisan legislation allowing for electronic disclosure of retirement plan information was introduced Monday by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. It was unveiled with 28 co-sponsors, including 15 Democrats and 13 Republicans. The proposed Receiving...

Fi360 upgrades adviser fee-benchmarking tool

December 11, 2017

Fi360, which provides education and technology to help advisers comply with fiduciary rules, is upgrading a tool that retirement plan advisers can use to prove they charge clients a "reasonable" fee. The Fee Benchmarker product draws on a proprietary...

Why private equity wants a piece of the RIA market

December 9, 2017

The secret is out: The independent financial advisory space is the hottest growth-investment strategy for deep-pocketed private investors. "We've seen private equity money ebb and flow over the years, but over the last few years we've seen a...

Vanguard's Bogle sees pension pain in low bond returns

December 7, 2017

Jack Bogle isn't optimistic about the state of U.S. pensions over the next decade. The founder of Vanguard Group thinks a conservative portfolio of bonds will only return about 3% a year over the next decade, and stocks won't do much better,...

Older boomers embrace retirement, study finds

December 6, 2017

A funny thing happened on the way to retirement. For many boomers, fear of the unknown gave way to contentment once they got to the other side. Six out of 10 retired boomers feel better than expected about their retirement, according to a new...

Finra says BB&T overcharged retirement plans, charities

December 5, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured BB&T Investment Services for having overcharged retirement plans and charitable organizations in their purchases of mutual funds. The firm accepted the censure without admitting or...

Medicare surcharge notices are shocking retirees

December 5, 2017

There's a new Grinch in town and her name is IRMAA. That's shorthand for the Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount notices that the Social Security Administration sends at the end of each year to inform Medicare enrollees how much they will...

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...

Avoid year-end RMD errors on retirement plans

December 5, 2017

Advisers should be taking these last weeks of 2017 to make sure that there are no oversights when it comes to required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs and company retirement plans. Remind clients that there is a 50% penalty for missing...

Two workplace retirement savings bills introduced in House

December 4, 2017

Two bills that would require most employers to offer a defined contribution plan and simplify some retirement savings rules have been introduced in the House by Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass. The proposed Automatic...

Young boomers have some advantages over older counterparts

December 2, 2017

It's not all bad news for younger boomers. In fact, they have more than a few things going for them: 401(k)s and other workplace savings. Younger boomers are more likely to be automatically enrolled in a 401(k) plan, and those plans are also...

Younger baby boomers face hurdles as they approach retirement

December 2, 2017

When it comes to the baby-boom generation, it pays to be old. The first of the boomers began reaching normal retirement age six years ago, and those who have already gone through the process probably are in better shape financially than their...

Unions could be 'next frontier' for retirement plan litigation

December 1, 2017

Defined contribution plans for labor unions appear to be the newest target of retirement plan litigation, following the filing of a lawsuit that legal experts say is likely the first to attack a union for excessive fees. The lawsuit, Ybarra...

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