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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...

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...

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...

New RIA aggregator enters 401(k) market

November 30, 2017

Hub International is a neophyte among so-called RIA aggregators focused on the retirement plan market, but it's making a grand entrance that signals competitive heft and further hints at a growing consolidation trend among plan advisers. Aggregators...

Morningstar: Small-employer retirement plans need legislative fixes

November 29, 2017

Two fixes would go a long way toward solving the problems entrenched in the small-retirement-plan market, namely high costs and a wide coverage gap, according to a new policy paper issued by Morningstar. Those tweaks—adopting legislation that...

401(k) managed account push rife with conflicts of interest

November 28, 2017

Record keepers are looking to managed accounts to be their next 401(k) cash cow, but the way some firms are promoting the products to investors is rife with conflicts. Several providers, including Nationwide, Voya Financial and ICMA-RC, offer...

These 401(k) lawsuits show the value of investment policy statements

November 22, 2017

An investment policy statement is essentially the business plan for a portfolio. For 401(k) fiduciaries, the IPS serves as a critical governing document, one that should be carefully crafted, periodically reviewed and updated, and diligently...

401(k) plan sponsors are taking RFPs more seriously — advisers should, too

November 22, 2017

For retirement plan sponsors, conducting requests for proposal is a necessary fiduciary practice. The process allows sponsors to solicit bids for various plan services, including those provided by plan advisers. Sponsors are taking the RFP process...

CIT interest rising among 401(k) sponsors

November 22, 2017

For over a decade now, pundits have been predicting a mass movement of 401(k) plans away from mutual funds and toward collective investment trusts. Migration numbers have not borne that out — yet. But now, some forecasts suggest the time of...

Retirement plan sponsors' top criteria for choosing an adviser

November 22, 2017

Each year, millions of dollars are spent by advisers and record-keepers in their pursuit of new defined-contribution plan sponsor accounts. Churn in the DC industry is notoriously low. This is the result of relatively high overall satisfaction...

Excessive-fee litigation in retirement plan market moving downstream

November 22, 2017

A series of civil actions filed against the sponsors of 403(b) plans last summer named as defendants several large universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale, New York University, Duke, Vanderbilt, University of...

Retirement plan advisers need to start planning for their own succession

November 22, 2017

It may seem odd that financial professionals who help clients plan for retirement rarely do a good job planning for retirement themselves. Beyond the cliché that a shoemaker's children often go barefoot, it highlights the fact that most successful...

Do specialized retirement plan advisers even need a broker-dealer?

November 22, 2017

Financial advisers who specialize in the retirement plan market may find themselves considering a break from their broker-dealer. The past several years have seen 401(k) specialists, similar to wealth managers in the retail market, migrate toward...

DOL fiduciary rule limiting DCIO support to plan advisers in unexpected ways

November 21, 2017

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule is pushing more 401(k) plan advisers to a fee-based model, but that shift is leading to an unexpected consequence: dark data. Asset managers, also known as defined contribution investment-only providers,...

Wells Fargo sued, again, for using in-house funds in 401(k) plan

November 21, 2017

Just as Wells Fargo & Co. escaped from the jaws of one 401(k) lawsuit over in-house funds, it's now ensnared in another. In a rare move, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the company in May alleging breach of fiduciary duty for self-dealing,...

Wells Fargo sees big TDF outflows from mutual funds

November 20, 2017

Target-date funds are on track for a near-record year, but Wells Fargo & Co. doesn't seem to be participating in the boom. TDFs have catapulted to popularity over the past decade as 401(k) plan sponsors' preferred default investment, and flows...

Tax reform: Retirement industry dodges bullet as Senate and House bills advance

November 17, 2017

The retirement industry can breathe a collective sigh of relief today as the House and Senate tax bills advance in their respective chambers. Despite all the doomsday talk relative to setting strict limits on pre-tax 401(k) contributions and...

Wells Fargo requires advisers to use level fees for new 401(k) business

November 14, 2017

Wells Fargo Advisors is requiring that financial advisers servicing 401(k) plans do so in a level-fee arrangement for new business, as have other large brokerage firms, in response to the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. "We have moved...

Head of Merrill Lynch's adviser-sold 401(k) sales to depart

November 10, 2017

Joe Mrozek, head of small- and middle-market 401(k) sales at Merrill Lynch, is leaving the firm, a spokeswoman has confirmed. Mr. Mrozek, whose official title is head of small-mid market business development and adviser programs, has taken a...

TIAA subpoenaed over sales practices

November 10, 2017

The New York attorney general has subpoenaed insurance and pension giant TIAA, seeking information on its sales practices in the wake of a recent story in the New York Times. The TIAA practices drawing scrutiny also are the subject of a whistleblower...

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