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Wells Fargo wouldn't be the first to push proprietary products on 401(k) plan participants

April 27, 2018

The disclosure of an alleged Labor Department investigation of Wells Fargo sales practices — including those in its retirement-plan services division — is sure to raise a few eyebrows, but should this sort of thing really be a revelation...

Vanguard divides record-keeping duties amongst 2 firms

April 25, 2018

Vanguard Group on Wednesday announced several changes to its defined contribution plan services, assigning record-keeping duties of its self-directed brokerage to TD Ameritrade and transferring record-keeping duties of its non-qualified plan...

Invesco increases its ETF position with acquisition of Guggenheim Investments

April 9, 2018

Invesco completed its acquisition of Guggenheim Investments' $39 billion ETFs Monday, and immediately moved to slash fees on some of those funds as it looks to lure new assets. It's a savvy move for the Atlanta-based firm, which is in a state...

Morgan Stanley continues its mutual fund overhaul

March 30, 2018

Morgan Stanley continues to overhaul its product platform, this week announcing changes that include cutting poor performing funds and converting buy-and-hold clients from one share class of mutual fund to another. The ongoing changes at Morgan...

Vanguard wrestles with new service problems

March 27, 2018

Vanguard investors complained Tuesday about getting erroneous messages about not having enough money in their settlement accounts to make trades. On the Bogleheads.org message board, about a dozen Vanguard investors complained about the same...

Cost-cutting takes precedence in competitive defined-contribution environment

March 23, 2018

U.S. target-date fund managers are continuing to find ways to cut costs amid heightened fee scrutiny from plan executives and consultants, increased competition among managers, and a desire among managers to help improve participants' retirement...

401(k) robo-revolution is underway

March 17, 2018

Tech upstarts are making inroads into 401(k) plans and that's bad news for some retirement plan advisers. Such fledgling companies as Betterment for Business, ForUsAll, Human Interest and Vestwell, as well as more established players such as...

Stocks of brokerages, insurers rally after DOL rule struck down

March 16, 2018

Morgan Stanley and Principal Financial Group Inc. were among banks and insurers that rallied after a U.S. appeals court struck down a sweeping Obama-era rule that aimed to protect millions of Americans from conflicted investment advice. The...

How advisers can hold on to their clients despite Vanguard's broadening reach

March 13, 2018

During a February speech, Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley said 58% of most advisers' work could eventually be done by computers. This would force a significant change in pricing for most in the industry. Shortly thereafter, Vanguard announced it would...

BlackRock's lowest-cost ETFs win almost half of U.S. inflows

March 13, 2018

A whopping 44% of all flows into U.S.-listed ETFs this year has gone to four low-cost funds from BlackRock Inc. At the top is the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA), which has taken in $13.7 billion since Jan. 1, according to data compiled by...

Vanguard crushed active investing. Now it could save it

March 9, 2018

Indexing pioneer Vanguard Group may be stock pickers' last hope. Investors are increasingly turning their stock picking over to computers. So-called smart beta exchange-traded funds track indexes that replicate traditional styles of active management,...

Vanguard extends TDF dominance with 'unbelievable' growth

March 6, 2018

Vanguard Group has extended its grip on the target-date-fund market over the past few years, as attention to low costs and passive management continues to offer substantial tailwinds for the fund giant. Vanguard controlled $623 billion in total...

Georgetown sued for allegedly violating fiduciary duties in its 403(b) plans

March 1, 2018

Participants in two Georgetown University defined contribution plans sued the university, alleging that its management of the plans violated its fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The participants, who are seeking...

Full list of 2018 Lipper Fund Awards winners

February 27, 2018

The Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards winners have been announced. Lipper measures the winners by their risk-adjusted returns over multiple periods. Award winners are rewarded for consistency over time, including the top 3-year, 5-year and...

Lipper awards: Vanguard the new victor

February 27, 2018

In terms of pure weight, no fund company collected more iron at this year's Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards than The Vanguard Group. The Tuesday evening award ceremony in New York saw the Malvern, Pa.-based fund complex capture 29 trophies by...

Active TDF managers push to compete on fees

February 20, 2018

Asset managers with actively managed target-date funds are pushing to lower fees in an environment of heightened cost sensitivity. Litigation accusing employers of having high retirement-plan fees and the difficult-to-benchmark nature of TDF...

Keep calm and carry on: DC participants appear to take market's volatility in stride

February 20, 2018

Record keepers and researchers say the recent stock market volatility prompted an increase in inquiries from defined contribution plan participants, but trading activity didn't always fit what might be considered a typical response of moving...

Is Fidelity competing with retirement plan advisers?

February 17, 2018

Fidelity Investments​ is the undisputed titan of the retirement marketplace. With $1.64 trillion in defined-contribution-plan assets under its belt, the Boston-based mutual fund company administers more than $1 trillion more in DC-plan assets...

Vanguard rolls out active-factor ETFs

February 15, 2018

The Vanguard Group has launched six new factor-based, actively managed exchange-traded funds and one factor-based mutual fund. The six ETFs — Vanguard U.S. Minimum Volatility ETF (VFMV), Vanguard U.S. Value Factor ETF (VFVA), Vanguard U.S....

Innovative ETFs struggle to impress investors

February 15, 2018

ETF enthusiasts gathered recently in Hollywood, Florida, for the Inside ETFs conference, the industry's biggest party of the year. By many accounts it was the swankiest celebration yet. And for good reason. When Inside ETFs first convened in...

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