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Fidelity faces Galvin inquiry over fees charged for 401(k) plans

March 4, 2019

Fidelity Investments is facing more scrutiny over fees it charges some mutual funds for using its platform to access retirement plan customers. The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth said its securities division sent a letter last Wednesday...

Middle-aged and out of work: When clients over 50 lose their jobs, advisers become a lifeline

February 23, 2019

Gail House was forced into retirement last year at age 58, after serving two decades as the principal safety manager for her Orlando, Fla., employer.​ Ms. House, who'd been earning a low-six-figure salary, hasn't received a paycheck in almost...

Pairing 401(k) and student loan benefits gains more traction

March 8, 2019

An increasing number of employers are adopting programs that pair 401(k) savings with student loan repayments, as the nation's cascading college debt has some workers deciding between paying off loans or building a retirement nest egg. The Travelers...

The 401(k) 'stretch' match may work in reverse

March 7, 2019

Employers and their retirement plan advisers frequently employ a particular 401(k) feature called a "stretch" match to get their employees to save more money. There's only one problem: New research shows that the technique could actually have...

Bills would allow employers to help workers pay off student debt, tax-free

February 13, 2019

Bipartisan Senate legislation would provide favorable tax treatment to encourage employers to help their workers pay off student loan debt. Under the bill, the Employer Participation in Repayment Act, companies could contribute up to $5,250...

Retirement savings bill re-introduced in House with bipartisan backing

February 6, 2019

Legislation that would help small businesses offer retirement plans to their employees and ease the use of annuities in them was re-introduced in the House on Wednesday with bipartisan backing. The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act contains...

Average 401(k) balances dropped 10% in fourth quarter, says Fidelity

January 31, 2019

The average 401(k) balance dropped 10%, to $95,600, in the fourth quarter of 2018, down from the record high balance of $106,500 in the third quarter, according to a quarterly analysis from Fidelity Investments. The year-over-year average 401(k)...

Near-retirees get a Halloween scare

October 31, 2018

Who needs to watch reruns of "Friday the 13th" horror movies for cheap Halloween thrills? A quick glance at the financial news, including the heart-stopping 900-point swing in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in intraday trading Monday, is enough...

Transamerica employees sue over 401(k) investment options

January 3, 2019

In another case involving the retirement plan of a major financial services firm, current and former employees of Transamerica Corp. have sued the company and its 401(k) plan fiduciaries, alleging they breached their duties under ERISA by not...

American Century wins 401(k) lawsuit over in-house funds

January 25, 2019

American Century Investments won a class-action lawsuit alleging the asset manager profited from its company 401(k) plan at the expense of employees by loading the retirement plan with in-house funds. Judge Greg Kays of the U.S. District Court...

How advisers can help 401(k) clients with auto-rollovers

January 23, 2019

Retirement advisers looking to make positive changes in 2019 should resolve to help 401(k) clients arrange for mandatory distributions to rollover IRAs.​ Advisers can help plan sponsors trim their administrative costs, reduce fiduciary risks...

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...

Retirement outlook for millennials

April 13, 2018

And now for something different. Although I spend most of my time writing and speaking about retirement income issues, sometimes I get the chance to address young workers at the beginning of their careers, as I did recently as part of National...

Future retirees focus on taxes

November 1, 2018

In the past, retirees relied on their accountants for tax advice. But future retirees increasingly are looking to their financial advisers for guidance on how to maximize their spendable retirement income by minimizing their taxes, according...

401(k) plan sponsors laser-focused on fees

January 18, 2019

Fees charged in defined-contribution plans rank as plan sponsors' top area of focus in 2019, according to a new report, as employers continue to worry that high fees for functions like administration and investment management could expose them...

Automatic enrollment in small-business plans is working

July 12, 2018

Corroborating behavioral finance insights on saving habits, a survey by Vanguard of 8,900 small-business retirement plans found that those having automatic enrollment enjoyed an 83% participation rate, versus 58% for plans with voluntary enrollment....

Hub-Sheridan Road latest deal to heat up M&A among 401(k) advice firms

January 10, 2019

Acquisitions of financial advisory firms focused on the retirement-plan market appear to be gaining momentum. A handful of recent deals involving large 401(k)-focused firms and a more varied group of buyers have led some experts to believe that...

401(k) dilemma: Advisers weather a fog of uncertainty surrounding IRA rollovers

December 1, 2018

It's perhaps the most important inflection point of a client's financial life and one of the most lucrative for an investment adviser or broker — and with millions of baby boomers heading into their golden years of retirement, IRA rollovers...

Retirement chatbot tells the real story about investors' greatest retirement questions

December 6, 2018

If clients could ask any single question about retirement without any fear of judgment or embarrassment, what would it be? Contrary to what many advisers think, or hope, investing advice is far from their top concern. What people really want...

Rollover tip sheet: What advisers should consider

December 1, 2018

Just as location, location, location is often said to be the key to good real estate, rollover recommendations have their own mantra: document, document, document. Here are some factors, based on checklists used by advisers and suggested by...

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