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Social Security benefits lost 34% of their buying power since 2000

June 21, 2018

Social Security benefits have lost more than one-third of their buying power since 2000, according to a new study released Thursday by The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan advocacy group. "This is the biggest loss of buying power recorded...

Lessons 401(k) advisers learned from the DOL fiduciary rule saga

June 21, 2018

Retirement plan advisers, especially specialists, used to complain that their broker-dealers and the public ignored them — or, worse, didn't realize they existed. All that has changed now that retirement has become a key political issue and...

Opaque, outdated 401(k) plan disclosures harming investors, advisers

June 20, 2018

Opaque and outdated 401(k) plan disclosures are harming investors and financial advisers trying to gauge whether rolling money out of a workplace retirement plan is in the client's best interest, Morningstar Inc. argues in a new report. The...

MetLife, Brighthouse sued for $500 million over missing pensioners

June 20, 2018

MetLife Inc. and Brighthouse Financial Inc. have been sued for failing to pay at least $500 million in retirement benefits over the past 2½ decades to thousands of pension plan participants. In December, MetLife disclosed that it had failed...

401(k) advisory firms creating in-house financial wellness programs

June 19, 2018

Large retirement-plan advisory shops are increasingly adopting their own in-house financial wellness programs as they look to capitalize on an emerging area of client demand, battle ongoing fee compression and try to stand out in a market that's...

Advisers use ethical wills to look beyond client assets

June 19, 2018

Sometimes an inheritance is more about the legacy than the assets being passed down, and sometimes it's a little bit of both. Enter the ethical will, which is also known as a "legacy letter" or "living legacy" by financial advisers helping their...

Divorce reduces retirement readiness

June 19, 2018

It's no secret that divorce creates enormous emotional and financial challenges in the short run. But now a new report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College quantifies how divorce affects longer-term finances in the form...

401(k) fund fees continue to fall

June 19, 2018

Fees for equity, hybrid and bond mutual funds held in 401(k) plans continued their long-term decline in 2017, according to a new report published by the Investment Company Institute, a trade group representing fund managers. The average asset-weighted...

Fidelity cuts target-date fund fees

June 15, 2018

Fidelity Investments, which has been cutting prices to compete with low-cost rivals such as Vanguard Group and Charles Schwab Corp., is trimming fees on the target-date index funds it sells to retirement plans and rolling out new offerings that...

DOL fiduciary rule on brink of death as key deadline passes

June 14, 2018

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule is teetering on the brink of death after the Justice Department, which was defending the rule in court, appears to have let a key deadline pass to keep the case alive. On March 15, the 5th Circuit Court...

Guaranteed retirement income campaign launched

June 14, 2018

A national retirement income crisis is brewing, but no one seems to be paying attention. In response, a coalition of 24 major insurers and asset management firms launched a public information campaign Thursday to educate consumers and financial...

Labor Department partners with two life insurers on abandoned plans

June 13, 2018

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Labor Department was going to work with the two insurers to find missing retirement plan participants. The Department of Labor will work with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Brighthouse...

BlackRock, Wells Fargo reportedly preparing ESG funds for 401(k) plans

June 13, 2018

Doing good and saving for retirement may soon get easier. BlackRock Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. are developing their first-ever ESG funds for retirement savings plans, seeking to tap into growing demand for ethical investing. Both firms plan...

SEC rule proposal doesn't include 401(k) sponsors in 'best interest' advice

June 13, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to bridge the gap in investment advice standards for brokers and financial advisers, but the rift remains wide in one particular area: advice to 401(k) plan sponsors. The SEC proposed Regulation...

SEC best-interest proposal doesn't affect 401(k) brokers

June 12, 2018

When it comes to big news, it doesn't get much bigger than the last few months. First, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the Department of Labor fiduciary rule; then a month later, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued its best-interest...

LPL in talks to sell 401(k) rollover platform to Global Retirement Partners

June 12, 2018

LPL Financial is in talks to sell Worksite Financial Solutions, a platform that helps advisers service 401(k) rollovers, to Global Retirement Partners, the largest retirement-focused advisory firm in LPL's network. LPL, the largest independent...

How advisers can navigate ESG investing in 401(k) plans

June 11, 2018

Despite three attempts in the last four years by the Department of Labor to clarify if, when and how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors can be used in the investment due-diligence process for retirement plans, advisers are still...

Should 401(k) advisers limit their roster of record keepers?

June 11, 2018

All retirement plan advisers face an important and lingering question: How many record keepers should I work with? There are clear advantages to having a short roster of "preferred" or "approved" record-keeper partners, such as ease, efficiency...

Defined-contribution plan loan and hardship distribution rules eased

June 8, 2018

401(k)s are for retirement, but some clients who are strapped for cash need access now for any number of reasons. Advisers can help by knowing the latest tax rules. Defined-contribution plans can offer loans and hardship distributions. While...

Why saying goodbye to your clients and business is hard

June 8, 2018

Boomers, do you look your age? If so, clients have likely been wondering how long you will be around to help them with their financial future — and they have probably been wondering this for longer than you think! In fact, clients often feel...

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