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Tax Reform 2.0 adds to momentum for open MEPs

September 11, 2018

The House of Representatives is building on recent momentum to enact a popular retirement-security measure seeking to make it easier for small businesses to offer workplace savings plans. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways...

How to keep your 401(k) clients out of court

September 10, 2018

While 401(k) lawsuits show no sign of letting up, the man at the forefront of class-action retirement plan litigation foresees a day when this will change. "Ultimately, it may be that 401(k) cases end because [retirement plan] sponsors change...

A market sell-off could mean more 401(k) lawsuits

September 10, 2018

The current bull market is nearly 10 years old. Unemployment is low in many industries, there are more 401(k) millionaires than ever before and wage growth is looking up. Anyone saving in a 401(k) is likely doing pretty well right now. However,...

Ohio National, a big variable annuity provider, exits the annuity business

September 7, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc., among the top 20 sellers of variable annuities, is quitting the annuity business and is simultaneously laying off 300 employees, signaling the challenges of the variable annuity market in recent years....

Trump administration hypocrisy on retirement security

September 6, 2018

Is President Donald J. Trump a hypocrite when it comes to retirement security? His actions certainly suggest so. On Aug. 31, Mr. Trump signed an executive order meant to strengthen retirement security by expanding access to workplace retirement...

Open MEPs would be game-changer for 401(k) advisers

September 4, 2018

The president inched open multiple employer plans a step closer to reality Friday when he signed an executive order directing government agencies to make it easier for small employers to offer these retirement plans. If the Labor and Treasury...

Advisers back Trump's directive to ease distribution rules for retirement accounts

August 31, 2018

Investment advisers support President Donald J. Trump's effort to allow people to keep money in their retirement accounts longer. This afternoon at an event in Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Trump will sign an executive order directing the Treasury Department...

Trump to issue executive order to expand retirement savings rules for small businesses

August 31, 2018

President Donald J. Trump plans to issue an executive order Friday directing his administration to make it easier for small businesses to band together to set up retirement-savings plans. The order, to be signed in North Carolina ahead of the...

Crypto craze puts retirement savings at risk

August 29, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week rejected nine separate schemes to create the world's first bitcoin exchange-traded fund, which would open the door to investing in cryptocurrency in retirement accounts. This follows the SEC's...

Fidelity breaks through $2 trillion in retirement assets

August 28, 2018

Fidelity Investments became the first retirement-plan record keeper to amass $2 trillion in assets on its platform, bolstered by record sales numbers over the past year and a surging stock market. Defined-contribution assets — including those...

LPL lets more advisers do fiduciary 401(k) business

August 28, 2018

LPL Financial has relaxed some of the internal qualifications necessary to service 401(k) plans in an advisory capacity on its corporate RIA, effectively permitting more advisers to service plans as a fiduciary. LPL, the nation's largest independent...

The biggest obstacle to America's retirement security

August 28, 2018

Despite what we hear from uninformed politicians, conflicted lobbyists, the pandering mass media and most of the 401(k) industry, the biggest obstacle to solving the retirement crisis is the lack of engagement among the senior management at...

401(k) advisers see student loan benefits as next 'evolution'

August 24, 2018

Increasing student loan debt has drawn the attention of retirement plan advisers interested in finding ways to couple 401(k) plans and student loan repayment programs. A young employee may not be able to save for retirement while paying down...

Illinois governor proposes making Secure Choice retirement program optional for employers

August 16, 2018

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto Tuesday making it optional for employers to participate in the state's Secure Choice program. There now are three possible actions. Legislators could approve the change, allow the technical...

Are 401(k) adviser aggregators the new 'wirehouses' for elite retirement plan advisers?

August 16, 2018

The death of traditional wirehouses that's predicted periodically by industry experts is greatly exaggerated. Wirehouse advisers — those housed in the wealth management divisions of Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wells Fargo — stay...

Deutsche Bank settles 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit for $21.9 million

August 15, 2018

Deutsche Bank has reached a $21.9 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging the investment bank enriched itself at the expense of its employees by loading its company 401(k) plan with proprietary funds. Deutsche's settlement, which still needs...

Why you should still take the fiduciary high ground on 401(k) rollovers

August 14, 2018

Only in Washington, some might say, can you find a regulation that for all intents and purposes is dead and buried yet still lives on. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its mandate to vacate the Department of Labor fiduciary rule in...

DOL fiduciary rule death leaves 401(k) advisers in legal 'grey area' with rollovers

August 9, 2018

It's no secret that the broad financial industry despised the Department of Labor fiduciary rule. The regulation, which lived a short while before dying in court, upended the status quo with respect to retirement savers, cracking down on brokers'...

401(k) robo Guideline tries to woo advisers with new service

August 6, 2018

Guideline Inc., one of several upstart companies trying to woo small 401(k) plans by pitching their relatively low costs and technology, has launched a product that targets retirement plan advisers. Guideline, founded roughly a year and a half...

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Wells Fargo 401(k) lawsuit

August 6, 2018

A federal appeals court in St. Louis upheld a U.S. District Court judge's dismissal of an ERISA breach claim against Wells Fargo & Co. by a participant in the company's 401(k) plan, who alleged fiduciaries could have offered a better-performing...

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