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Shlomo Benartzi to chair Acorns behavioral economics committee

September 21, 2018

Shlomo Benartzi, a well-known behavioral economist and professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, is joining Acorns, a digital advice startup best known for its micro-investing service, to head a new project to build products that help...

Employer-based rainy day fund could help employees save for retirement

September 21, 2018

American workers support the idea of saving for an emergencies through an employer-based program and such accounts could even help more people stay on track for their long-term financial goals, like retirement, a new survey found. The AARP Public...

Insurance executives push House to add annuity provision to tax reform bill

September 20, 2018

Executives from major insurance firms are pushing House leaders to amend tax-reform legislation to encourage the use of annuities in company retirement plans. In a Wednesday letter to House leaders, the corporate chiefs said that they were disappointed...

Determining if a message from Social Security is a scam

September 19, 2018

A financial adviser contacted me recently to ask if the email he received from the Social Security Administration reminding him to review his estimated benefits statement online was valid. "Does Social Security send out these types of emails,...

Lawmakers want to reform rules around RMDs

September 18, 2018

Washington is eyeing an update to rules around required minimum distributions, which could result in big changes for financial advisers' retiree clients in the near future. Two retirement bills winding their way through Congress' legislative...

401(k) adviser disclosures need an important update

September 17, 2018

A fiduciary serves a vital role in society. In the most basic form, a fiduciary is expected to make dispassionate decisions in the sole interest of the less informed. To serve in the role requires the fiduciary to embrace the twin duties of...

Captrust, prominent 401(k) advice firm, ramps up its wealth management business

September 17, 2018

Captrust Financial Advisors is a powerhouse in the realm of retirement plan advisers. However, the firm, which has $278 billion in client assets under advisement, is shifting to retail rather than institutional clients to drive its next phase...

House committee passes open MEP bill

September 14, 2018

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a retirement savings bill Thursday that seeks to expand access to workplace retirement plans. The Family Savings Act of 2018, introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., was approved in a 21-14 vote. Perhaps...

2019 Social Security cost-of-living adjustment now expected to be 2.8 percent

September 14, 2018

It looks like Social Security benefits will increase by about 2.8% in 2019. Although that's down slightly from an earlier estimate, it still would be the largest benefit boost in seven years, according to The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan...

Inaccurate info from Social Security Administration a challenge for widows

September 12, 2018

Losing one's spouse is one of life's most difficult and overwhelming experiences. Claiming Social Security survivor benefits apparently ranks as a close second based on a frantic phone call I received from a close friend this week. My friend...

Tax Reform 2.0 adds to momentum for open MEPs

September 11, 2018

The House of Representatives is building on recent momentum to enact a popular retirement-security measure seeking to make it easier for small businesses to offer workplace savings plans. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways...

How to keep your 401(k) clients out of court

September 10, 2018

While 401(k) lawsuits show no sign of letting up, the man at the forefront of class-action retirement plan litigation foresees a day when this will change. "Ultimately, it may be that 401(k) cases end because [retirement plan] sponsors change...

A market sell-off could mean more 401(k) lawsuits

September 10, 2018

The current bull market is nearly 10 years old. Unemployment is low in many industries, there are more 401(k) millionaires than ever before and wage growth is looking up. Anyone saving in a 401(k) is likely doing pretty well right now. However,...

Ohio National, a big variable annuity provider, exits the annuity business

September 7, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc., among the top 20 sellers of variable annuities, is quitting the annuity business and is simultaneously laying off 300 employees, signaling the challenges of the variable annuity market in recent years....

Last chance to undo a Roth conversion

September 7, 2018

The new tax law ended Roth recharacterizations, effective for conversions done in 2018 and later years. However, there is still a window of opportunity to reverse 2017 Roth conversions. But that window is closing quickly: The last day to recharacterize...

Trump administration hypocrisy on retirement security

September 6, 2018

Is President Donald J. Trump a hypocrite when it comes to retirement security? His actions certainly suggest so. On Aug. 31, Mr. Trump signed an executive order meant to strengthen retirement security by expanding access to workplace retirement...

Legislation affecting advisers may fall victim to tight Capitol Hill calendar

September 6, 2018

Legislation that would reform how advisers are regulated, increase contribution limits for health savings accounts and strengthen retirement security could fall victim to a tight congressional calendar or partisan divisions this fall. In late...

DOL fiduciary rule caused $14 billion in stock losses for investment firms: report

September 5, 2018

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule led to "tremendous" losses for brokerage and other investment firms, causing billions of dollars to be shed from their market valuations as investors feared the rule would hurt profitability, according...

Open MEPs would be game-changer for 401(k) advisers

September 4, 2018

The president inched open multiple employer plans a step closer to reality Friday when he signed an executive order directing government agencies to make it easier for small employers to offer these retirement plans. If the Labor and Treasury...

Many young staffers have benefits needs beyond a simple 401(k)

September 1, 2018

Advisers often bemoan the shortage of talent that's preventing a natural growth in their business — if only they could find the right person, and keep them. The trickle of graduates coming out of financial planning schools is one factor, but...

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