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Actively managed TDFs are getting edged out

May 9, 2019

Passively managed target-date funds are sucking the life force from their actively managed counterparts. The money flowing into passive TDFs — those that invest primarily in funds that track a broad market index like the S&P 500 — has increased...

Average Fidelity 401(k) balance increases sixfold over past decade to almost $300,000

May 9, 2019

Investors who've had 401(k) accounts at Fidelity for a decade saw their average balance increase sixfold to almost $300,000 since the market bottomed after the global financial crisis, the company said. Workers saving for retirement saw their...

Eaton Vance settles 401(k) lawsuit for $3.45 million

May 8, 2019

Eaton Vance will pay $3.45 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it mismanaged its company 401(k) plan and profited at the expense of its employees by offering them in-house mutual funds. The settlement furthers a trend playing out...

What 401(k) advisers can learn from a viral social media post

May 8, 2019

Not too long ago I took my wife out to dinner, something I don't do enough. We went to a local place here in Austin. The overall experience was wonderful. When we got the bill, I noticed something a little unusual at the bottom: A separate fee...

401(k) adviser fees are upside down

May 7, 2019

Most 401(k) and 403(b) plan fees, especially for plan advisers and record keepers, are upside down. Their fees are based on plan assets, while their costs are based on activity and the number of participants. As defined-contribution plan sponsors...

How should advisers treat rollovers from 401(k)s to IRAs?

May 3, 2019

Recommendations that 401(k) participants take distributions from their plans and roll them over to individual retirement accounts are coming under increasing scrutiny. That scrutiny is focused on both the quality of the recommendation, including...

Alexander Acosta is the Night King from 'Game of Thrones'

May 2, 2019

For those of us who love the HBO series "Game of Thrones" — and I'm guessing that's pretty much everyone reading — one question has nagged for the majority of the show's run: Just who is this Night King guy? We know a few things. The signature...

Why 401(k) advisers should stress-test client portfolios

April 29, 2019

Managing risk and return is a central responsibility of every investment fiduciary. Asset allocation and securities selection are the blunt instruments used to shape the contours of a portfolio's risk and return profile. The process of building...

Criticism of Richard Thaler proposal must not prevent discussion

April 27, 2019

The idea recently put forward by Nobel laureate Richard Thaler to allow Americans to contribute a portion of their 401(k) balances to the Social Security Administration in return for a higher income stream has been criticized from some in the...

When to do a retirement-plan rollover, and when to avoid it

April 26, 2019

During the Department of Labor fiduciary debate, one of the biggest issues was the benefits and drawbacks of rolling 401(k) and other employer-sponsored retirement plans into individual retirement accounts. The government made the argument that...

American Funds, Empower forge partnership on 401(k) managed accounts

April 26, 2019

Empower Retirement, one of the largest retirement-plan record keepers, and Capital Group, which sponsors the American Funds investment brand, have forged a partnership on 401(k) managed accounts that experts say offers a blueprint for how asset...

Fidelity sales tactics called out in settlement of retirement plan lawsuit

April 23, 2019

The marketing and sales tactics Fidelity Investments uses with retirement savers were called out in a lawsuit involving alleged retirement-plan mismanagement by Vanderbilt University, bringing into focus the ongoing and seemingly increasing...

The drawback of Richard Thaler's 401(k)-Social Security idea? Social Security itself

April 22, 2019

Nobel laureate Richard Thaler's idea to increase retirees' Social Security payments by using a portion of their 401(k) accounts is drawing criticism from some corners of the financial-advice industry, primarily due to the current less-than-stellar...

Richard Thaler wants to use 401(k)s to boost Social Security payments

April 18, 2019

Nobel laureate Richard Thaler wants to mesh 401(k) plans with Social Security benefits to help Americans simplify what is perhaps their most daunting and complex financial issue: drawing down retirement assets. Mr. Thaler, who won the Nobel...

401(k) advisers are battling on multiple fronts

April 15, 2019

Advisers specializing in the retirement-plan business are engaged in battle on multiple fronts — and none of the conflicts have easy answers. Fifteen years ago, when a majority of retail 401(k) plans were sold direct — not through intermediaries...

Fidelity wants to own the workplace — and beyond

April 12, 2019

Fidelity Investments is taking control of the workplace. Need a retirement plan for employees? Fidelity has that. Want to offer a student loan benefit? Roger that. How about payroll services? You got it. Health savings accounts, charitable giving...

Principal-Wells Fargo retirement deal hints at fee compression

April 11, 2019

The blockbuster deal inked by Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo & Co. earlier this week provides a glimpse into the economics prevailing in the defined-contribution-plan record-keeping business. Specifically, the deal's $1.2 billion...

401(k) lawsuit over Vanguard fees ends with $23.7 million settlement

April 10, 2019

Health insurer Anthem Inc., sued by employees who claimed its 401(k) retirement plan had excessive fees even though its provider was the Vanguard Group, has settled the case for $23.7 million. The lawsuit was originally filed in December 2015...

Employers can assure retirement for $2.64 an hour

April 10, 2019

Hedge fund titan Ray Dalio published a sobering essay last Friday about the state of capitalism in the U.S. He observed, correctly in my view, that "the ability to make money, save it, and put it into capital (i.e., capitalism) is an effective...

Principal to buy Wells Fargo retirement unit for $1.2 billion

April 9, 2019

Principal Financial Group Inc. agreed to buy Wells Fargo & Co.'s retirement plan services unit for $1.2 billion as the bank streamlines operations in the wake of scandals. The business, which has $827 billion in assets under administration,...

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