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Auto-enrollment eyed for federal workers

June 4, 2007

BOSTON — A retirement savings plan that covers more than 3.7 million federal workers may take a page from an increasing number of corporate 401(k) plan sponsors and institute automatic enrollment. If adopted, auto-enrollment would mean that...

New 401(k) platform features iShares

May 29, 2007

A new 401(k) retirement plan solution featuring iShares exchange traded funds from Barclays Global Investors of San Francisco is now available to plan sponsors and independent advisers. BenefitStreet Inc., a San Ramon, Calif.-based 401(k) record...

Gearing up for more 401(k) fee disclosure

May 21, 2007

CHICAGO — As the Department of Labor considers improving fee disclosure to retirement plan participants, some vendors and advisers are racing to offer more information to 401(k) participants, while most are content to wait for a directive....

Cox, Schapiro tackle disclosure at ICI meeting

May 14, 2007

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission is examining disclosures for 401(k) plans and is looking at ways to provide 401(k) information using interactive software, SEC Chairman Christopher Cox said last week. “We’re interested...

Lincoln offers annuity rider on DC plans

May 11, 2007

Lincoln Employer Markets announced today that the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company now offers an annuity rider on its defined contribution plans. The program called i4LIFE Advantage allows participants to convert their retirement plan...

SEC eyes interactive 401(k)s

May 10, 2007

The Securities and Exchange Commission is examining disclosures for 401(k) plans and is looking at ways to provide such information using interactive software, SEC Chairman Christopher Cox today told the mutual fund industry today. “We’re...

Congress aims at less affluent in its retirement savings efforts

April 30, 2007

WASHINGTON — Congress is beginning to refocus its retirement savings policy-making efforts on finding ways to help Americans of modest means save for retirement, as well as trying to help people get better returns from their retirement savings...

Demonstrators target Fidelity over Sudan

April 30, 2007

Thousands of protesters – some bearing signs asking “Is your Fidelity 401(k) funding genocide?” -- gathered in Boston’s Government Center Sunday to protest Fidelity’s investment ties to Sudan. Fidelity has “massive holdings” in oil producer...

DOL asks for 401(k) comments

April 24, 2007

The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking comments about fee disclosure for 401(k) plans and other defined contribution plans. The agency announced it is seeking a request for information to assist the department in improving information provided...

T. Rowe gets into 401(k) annuities

April 23, 2007

NEW YORK — Mutual fund giant T. Rowe Price Group Inc. said that it has started offering 401(k) plans in an online platform that participants can use to purchase annuities. Two other 401(k) plan providers, CitiStreet Associates LLC and Hewitt...

401(k) changes seen ‘significant’

April 23, 2007

WASHINGTON — New default options that the Department of Labor will likely approve for 401(k) investments will have a “significant” impact on the way mutual fund assets are invested, independent fund directors were told at a conference here...

Some VA-related costs in 401(k)s are exorbitant, according to critics

April 9, 2007

BOSTON — Many Americans are paying high fees in their 401(k) plans for insurance they don’t need, and their employers often are unaware, some observers say. The culprit, the observers say, is a fee for mortality-and-expense risk that is part...

Insurers look at including lifetime annuities in 401(k)s

April 9, 2007

CHICAGO — Including annuities in 401(k) plans could represent a prime opportunity for advisers — if a new model for compensation can be devised and if advisers are allowed on-site to explain their product to employees, according to industry...

Cox: Proxies aren’t in ‘plain English’ despite new rules

April 2, 2007

LOS ANGELES — Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox is on a mission to wipe out the legalese in corporate-disclosure documents. On a trip here late last month, Mr. Cox blasted corporate America for continuing to use obtuse...

IBM advice offering to 401(k) participants signals trend

March 26, 2007

NEW YORK — IBM Corp.’s announcement that it will offer financial planning services to all 127,000 of its U.S. employees is the biggest sign yet that companies are increasingly interested in providing workers with more individual — and effective...

401(k) ideas dissected at congressional hearing

March 12, 2007

WASHINGTON — The ideas of limiting 401(k) plan options to index funds and requiring all plan administrators to be brought under fiduciary duties were in focus last week at a congressional hearing on 401(k) fees. There was broad agreement among...

Some consider 401(k) fees too low

March 5, 2007

CHICAGO — With a House panel scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday to discuss whether the hidden fees in 401(k) plans are fair, at least one industry watcher is calling such fees too low and another says making general judgments about them is...

More investors are doing good in retirement

March 5, 2007

CHICAGO — Socially conscious and faith-based investing is gaining traction in the retirement plan arena. While relatively few companies offer employees the opportunity to invest their 401(k) assets according to social or religious values, the...

Labor Dept. targets 401(k) fee disclosure

February 5, 2007

CHICAGO — As the Department of Labor puts pressure on advisers to make 401(k) fees more transparent, some financial advisers are refunding fees to participants that they are being paid from mutual fund companies. The Labor Department plans...

With rollovers at stake, firms embrace diversity

January 29, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO — Wall Street firms, in an effort to attract the retirement assets of affluent minorities and women, are stepping up recruitment of diverse stockbrokers, who they define as people who are not Caucasian males. “There’s an 11th-hour...

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