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Wirehouses warm to fiduciary reps in effort to win 401(k) business

May 17, 2009

As competition intensifies to capture the 401(k) and other retirement plan business of small and midsize companies, wirehouses increasingly are allowing representatives who specialize in the niche to act as fiduciaries. “If you won't sign off...

Retirement group to propose changes to 401(k) disclosure bill

May 17, 2009

An industry association that represents the interests of retirement plan service providers this week will suggest modifications to proposed legislation that would require the industry to break out 401(k) fees on investors' statements. The Spark...

More workers move 401(k) savings to stable-fund investments

May 17, 2009

Stable-value funds are the safest investment option available to 401(k) plan participants, but recent problems at two funds illustrate why sponsors should exercise caution in selecting them, according to observers. Stable-value funds invest...

Putnam chief Reynolds leads effort to fix DC plans

May 10, 2009

Financial services industry executives are expected to flex their muscles and make some radical changes to the nation's retirement system over the next several months — an effort that could significantly increase the amount of money flowing...

401(k) fee critics overstate problem, ICI chairman says

May 7, 2009

While supporting improved retirement plan fee disclosure, the head of the Investment Company Institute said yesterday that congressional criticism of 401(k) plan fees has been inflated by critics. “What they don’t mention is the long list...

Putnam chief pushes for automatic enrollment for 401(k) plans

May 7, 2009

All companies that offer 401(k) plans should be required to automatically enroll employees in the plans, the head of Putnam Investments told Investment Company Institute members today. Adopting a compulsory auto-enrollment system will free the...

Putnam chief aims to spearhead revamp of 401(k) industry

May 6, 2009

By Mark Bruno Investment executives and retirement plan officials will band together over the next several months to propose some radical enhancements to the nation's 401(k) system, said Robert Reynolds, president and CEO of Boston-based Putnam...

Radical retirement initiative from Brookings in the works

May 3, 2009

Some top retirement gurus are in the process of developing proposals that could make annuity products a crucial part of millions of Americans' retirement plans. This movement, which is being led by retirement experts from the Brookings Institution...

House bill introduced on 401(k) fee disclosure

April 22, 2009

Legislation that would require that all fees be disclosed to 401(k) plan participants in simplified form is needed, most of the panelists at a hearing on the legislation today testified. “401(k) fee disclosure reforms are long overdue,” testified...

Financial markets face a lost generation of investors

April 19, 2009

Just as the Great Depression scared an entire generation away from the stock market, recent events may drive today's investors to the sidelines — forever. The economic downturn, plummeting real estate values, seemingly daily revelations of...

Require 401(k) plans to offer fixed-income products, key congressman says

April 15, 2009

Requiring annuities or other fixed-income products be included as an option in 401(k) plans is being considered by the House Education and Labor Committee, said Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., chairman of the committee’s Health, Employment, Labor...

Providing independent advice could fortify 401(k) system, congressman says

April 7, 2009

A key lawmaker involved in setting retirement policy is angling to strengthen the 401(k) system by providing individual investors with increased access to independent investment advice. Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., speaking at a retirement seminar...

Merrill settles 401(k) class action for $75M

April 6, 2009

Participants in the 401(k) plan at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. have reached a $75 million preliminary settlement with the brokerage firm to cover losses sustained in their retirement plans over the last several years. Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll...

Auto-IRA plan isn't good in the long run, opponents say

March 29, 2009

Opposition to the Obama administration's proposal to create automatic retirement plans in the workplace appears to be mounting — led in large part by both employers and financial advisers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is the nation's...

Putnam stakes claim in 401(k) market

March 25, 2009

Putnam Investments of Boston today launched a new defined contribution platform for advisers and clients, signaling its expansion into the 401(k) market. The platform will provide plan sponsors with a range of investment choices, plan designs...

House wrestles with adviser conflicts of interest issues

March 24, 2009

Only advisers who are independent of mutual funds, brokerage firms, insurance companies and other entities that sell financial products could give advice on individual retirement accounts if House Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee...

Chamber of Commerce: No to auto-retirement plans

March 23, 2009

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest employer advocacy group, has made it clear where it stands on President Obama’s proposal to create automatic retirement plans in every workplace: nice try, but no thanks. While the president’s...

Automatic-IRA plan needs more work

March 15, 2009

On the surface, the Obama administration's movement to require every employer to offer workers some form of automatic retirement account is a well-intended attempt to shore up the financial futures of millions — and underneath, it's one that...

Delay retirement withdrawal age: ICI chief

March 1, 2009

Congress should permanently push back the age at which retirement savings account holders must take withdrawals, the head of the Investment Company Institute testified last week. "To help retirees manage their assets more effectively, we should...

Fidelity: Matching contributions key to 401(k) participation

February 26, 2009

Workers’ participation in 401(k) plans is largely driven by their companies’ matching contributions, so if employers stop contributing, retirement accounts will suffer, according to an analysis released today by Fidelity Investments. Fidelity’s...

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