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401(k) record keepers seek new revenue streams to 'save themselves'

October 17, 2018

Record keepers of defined-contribution plans have begun seeking new sources of revenue, largely to defray relentless fee compression that's squeezing their bottom line, according to retirement plan advisers. Record keepers, which track participant...

Captrust acquires $1.4 billion wealth shop

October 16, 2018

Captrust Financial Advisors has acquired FCE Group, a $1.4 billion advisory firm based in Lake Success, N.Y., building on its multiyear strategy to expand revenues from wealth management operations. FCE Group, whose legal name is First Capital...

After Ohio National decision, the fine print of annuity trails is now a must-read

October 13, 2018

It's still a fresh sting, hearing that Ohio National Financial Services Inc. plans to terminate servicing agreements and cut off trail commissions to broker-dealers that sell some of its variable annuities. Can they really do this, some B-Ds...

Fidelity sued again for 401(k) plan mismanagement

October 11, 2018

Fidelity Investments Inc. has been sued by participants in its company 401(k) plan for alleged self-dealing that caused the firm to profit at the expense of its employees saving for retirement. The lawsuit filed against Fidelity — Moitoso...

LPL Retirement Partners hires new chief

October 8, 2018

LPL Financial has selected Bryan Hodgens to head up its retirement plan adviser unit, marking the second time in a little over a year that the nation's largest independent broker-dealer has seen a shake-up in the executive ranks at LPL Retirement...

How Ohio National's move may lead to 'unscrupulous' broker behavior with annuities

October 4, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc. recently told broker-dealers it would be terminating trailing commissions on some of its variable annuities, which has led experts to fear that the insurer's action will cause unscrupulous behavior among...

The Trump family used this strategy to save on taxes

October 3, 2018

President Donald J. Trump and his family supposedly saved on taxes by using a particular kind of trust — a grantor-retained annuity trust, or GRAT. Just what is a GRAT and why is it used? At a high level, GRATs are complex vehicles used to...

Ohio National to end brokerage arrangements, eliminate adviser compensation on variable annuities

October 2, 2018

In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind move among insurers, Ohio National Financial Services Inc. has informed broker-dealers that sell its variable annuities that it will terminate servicing agreements and cut off trail commissions by...

Long-term-care insurance gets a boost, but there's more to do

September 29, 2018

Among the possible costs that must be factored into retirement planning is that of long-term care. Research shows that as Americans get older, 70% will need some form of assistance, which can range from help at home with the activities of daily...

John Hancock testing wellness programs for long-term-care policyholders

September 28, 2018

John Hancock Life Insurance Co. plans to try out a number of wellness programs on some of its long-term-care insurance policyholders, which experts say would both help clients live longer, healthier lives and possibly provide an economic prop...

Focus Financial acquires TAMP for $235 million

September 28, 2018

Focus Financial Partners Inc. is acquiring Loring Ward Holdings for $235 million in cash and stock, in a bid to scale its outsourced services for independent advisers. Loring Ward, which offers a turnkey asset management program, manages $17...

New Jersey brokers expect industry will push back against fiduciary rule proposal

September 27, 2018

New Jersey brokerage executives expressed consternation over adding another layer of regulation by requiring them to adhere to a fiduciary standard, predicting officials will face stiff headwinds in getting it across the finish line. "The state...

New Jersey fiduciary rule could be first of many among states post-DOL

September 26, 2018

New Jersey's push for a fiduciary rule governing brokerage firms in the state could be the first of many similar rules issued by other states following the death of the Department of Labor's fiduciary regulation earlier this year. New Jersey...

Cash comes into focus as interest rates continue ascent

September 26, 2018

Cash, an asset class that's been in the doldrums for the better part of a decade, is beginning to show signs of life. The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate to near zero a decade ago in an effort to stoke the American economy in...

DOL set to propose rule on open MEPs

September 25, 2018

The Department of Labor is set to formally propose a rule seeking to expand access to workplace retirement plans, less than a month after President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order calling on the agency to do so. The Labor Department...

What advisers get wrong about investors

September 24, 2018

Investors are a diverse group — much more so than standard tropes might suggest — and this diversity has big implications for financial advisers, ranging from how they search for clients to the financial recommendations they make, according...

How interest rates have affected different types of insurance

September 21, 2018

Social media and engagement editor Scott Kleinberg and reporter Greg Iacurci discuss a common theme in this week's popular insurance stories.

Deceased rapper Mac Miller was 26 and had a will — similar to that of Michael Jackson

September 21, 2018

Mac Miller, a 26-year-old American rapper and music producer who died Sept. 7 in California, had a will, and its contents are similar to those of musical phenom Michael Jackson. The fact that Mr. Miller even had a will may surprise some financial...

SEC charges $54 million Louisiana RIA and owners for cherry-picking scheme

September 20, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged a Louisiana-based advisory firm and its two owners — a husband and wife — for defrauding clients via a cherry-picking scheme perpetuated over several years. World Tree Financial...

Indexed annuity sales grow among wirehouses, independent broker-dealers

September 20, 2018

Wirehouses and independent broker-dealers have upped their sales of indexed annuities over the past few years, with a greater share of product sales coming through registered representatives at brokerage firms. There are a number of reasons...

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