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What's driving value in the booming 401(k) adviser M&A market?

September 12, 2019

When asked what drives value for retirement plan practices, Dick Darian, CEO of consulting firm Wise Rhino Group, replied: "Financials, financials, financials." "Like location with real estate, free cash flow or EBITDA has the greatest impact...

Morgan Stanley adding 401(k) participant services to boost wealth business

September 12, 2019

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management is adding more services for 401(k) participants and other workplace clientele as part of a plan to leverage its workplace access to grow its wealth business. The wirehouse brokerage, which has roughly 15,600...

Monitoring 401(k) cross-selling may be next frontier for advisers

September 10, 2019

Trends and developments in the 401(k) market often migrate over to 403(b) plans. Examples include automatic enrollment, which is increasingly popular with plan sponsors, and litigation against plan fiduciaries, which is less popular). Sometimes...

Abigail Johnson of Fidelity reaches deal to avoid testifying at 401(k) trial

September 6, 2019

Abigail Johnson, chairman and chief executive of Fidelity Investments, will not have to testify at an upcoming trial regarding the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 401(k) plan, marking a stark de-escalation of tensions that had flared in...

Fidelity, Jerry Schlichter trade barbs over Abigail Johnson testimony in 401(k) lawsuit

August 28, 2019

Fidelity Investments and plaintiff's attorney Jerome Schlichter are engaged in a war of words over the potential for Fidelity chairman and CEO Abigail Johnson to appear and testify at an upcoming trial around 401(k) mismanagement.​ The lawsuit...

Robo-advisers are dead. Long live digital advisers

August 27, 2019

"Humans solve human problems." So says Steve Wilbourne, CEO of Questis, a financial wellness fintech provider. Mr. Wilbourne, a former adviser, realized that technology alone will not solve the financial problems of the 90 million defined-contribution...

Headwinds to annuities in 401(k) plans persist

September 4, 2019

The uptake of annuities in 401(k) plans has been muted and slow. There are several reasons for this state of affairs, such as administrative and legal challenges, which have withstood the industry's push to change the status quo and many advisers'...

DOL readies proposal for more digital 401(k) disclosures

August 21, 2019

The Department of Labor is close to proposing a rule that would boost digital delivery of employees' 401(k) statements, a prospect that has drawn excitement from the retirement plan industry but concerns investor advocates worried that a shift...

Charles Schwab lawsuit win has big implications for all 401(k) plans

August 21, 2019

Charles Schwab Corp. has won its appeal of a 401(k) lawsuit that could have broad implications for all 401(k) sponsors by reducing the number of employee class action lawsuits. The firm was challenging a 2018 ruling in California district court...

Lack of transparency is hurting the 401(k) industry

August 14, 2019

During a recent plan sponsor education program, a professional from a major investment provider was advocating for using annuities for retirement income within 401(k) plans even though the money manager was not an annuity provider. A few plan...

Cross-selling gaining prominence in retirement-plan lawsuits

August 12, 2019

Cross-selling by record keepers has become a hot-button issue in retirement-plan lawsuits, raising broader awareness and questions around how service providers can use participant data. Consider Johns Hopkins University, which agreed last week...

Fidelity dogged again by 401(k) quid-pro-quo allegations

August 7, 2019

Fidelity Investments has again been accused of engaging in a quid-pro-quo type relationship with a 401(k) plan sponsor, which allegedly cost employee retirement savers millions of dollars in return for bigger profits. The latest episode involves...

401(k) lawsuits creeping down to smaller plans

August 6, 2019

Lawsuits filed against employers for allowing excessive fees to be charged in their 401(k) plans have, until fairly recently, targeted only the largest entities, those with more than $1 billion in their retirement plans. However, lawsuits filed...

Texas 403(b) law causes adviser concern over investor protection

August 8, 2019

A Texas law taking effect next month is causing concern among some retirement plan advisers who are worried that the legislature has weakened investor protection for public schoolteachers in the state. The law — HB 2820, sponsored by Rep....

Goldman Sachs has what other 401(k) firms want

July 19, 2019

Goldman Sachs is poised to reap big profits from the 401(k) market. I'm not talking about its traditional asset management business, however — it's in wealth management that the firm could make its biggest mark. To many 401(k) industry executives,...

Small 401(k) plans lag on important metrics

July 17, 2019

Small 401(k) plans lag their larger counterparts on important metrics such plan participation and automatic enrollment. Small retirement plans — those with less than $20 million — had a plan-weighted participation rate of 72% last year,...

3 lessons for advisers from 401(k) and 403(b) class-action settlements

July 17, 2019

Retirement plan committees and financial advisers need to pay attention to class-action litigation and settlements to better manage their fiduciary risks. Some of the claims in those lawsuits are obvious; others foreshadow emerging issues that...

Treasury proposes curtailing 'one bad apple' rule for MEPs

July 2, 2019

The Treasury Department Tuesday issued a proposed regulation to water down the "one bad apple" rule that critics claim has prevented broader uptake of certain retirement plans by employers. The one bad apple rule applies to a type of defined-contribution...

Gucci settles 401(k) lawsuit for $1.2 million

June 25, 2019

Luxury fashion designer Gucci America Inc. has agreed to settle for $1.2 million a lawsuit alleging it mismanaged its 401(k) plan to the detriment of employees' retirement savings. Heather Janda Hay, a former plan participant, alleged Gucci,...

Hub in talks to buy $40 billion LPL branch Global Retirement Partners

July 11, 2019

Insurance brokerage Hub International is in talks to buy Global Retirement Partners, the largest retirement-focused branch of LPL Financial with $40.1 billion in assets, according to two sources with knowledge of the discussions. GRP, a registered...

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