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Richard Neal: the new face driving retirement policy in Washington

December 6, 2018

Retirement policy will have a new face in Washington next year, and that could mean major changes to the 401(k) industry. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., will become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee when Democrats take control of the...

Industry group asks DOL for guidance on finding missing participants

July 26, 2018

The ERISA Industry Committee is asking the Department of Labor to develop guidance for plan administrators tasked with finding missing terminated vested participants. In a letter Wednesday to Preston Rutledge, assistant secretary of labor for...

Appeals court says university cannot force ERISA lawsuits into arbitration

July 25, 2018

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the University of Southern California cannot compel participants in two retirement plans to accept arbitration rather than proceed with a trial to address ERISA complaints against university fiduciaries....

Sweeping retirement legislation is likely coming soon

October 2, 2018

Sweeping retirement legislation appears to be on the way. With more than one-third of private-sector employees lacking access to retirement plans, there is strong bipartisan support for action to make plans more accessible and enhance features...

Chattanooga pension fund accuses Wells Fargo of fraud in revenue sharing

May 10, 2018

The Chattanooga, Tenn., Fire and Police Pension Fund intends to file a whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission against Wells Fargo, its custodian and trustee, alleging potential...

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...

Galvin charges MetLife with inflating bottom line

June 25, 2018

Continuing to turn the heat on MetLife, Massachusetts securities regulator William F. Galvin has charged the insurer with issuing misleading statements relating to its failure to make pension payments to hundreds of retirees in the state that...

Defined-contribution plans showing returns closer to those of pensions

March 1, 2018

In the past decade, defined contribution plans have seen returns creep closer to those of their defined benefit brethren, as more DC plans have seen improved asset mixes and better plan designs, with more automatic enrollment and better default...

As longevity stalls, corporations enjoy a windfall on pensions, benefits

August 8, 2017

Steady improvements in American life expectancy have stalled, and more Americans are dying at younger ages. But for companies straining under the burden of their pension obligations, the distressing trend could have a grim upside: If people...

Captrust, prominent 401(k) advice firm, ramps up its wealth management business

September 17, 2018

Captrust Financial Advisors is a powerhouse in the realm of retirement plan advisers. However, the firm, which has $278 billion in client assets under advisement, is shifting to retail rather than institutional clients to drive its next phase...

ING closes $900M CitiStreet acquisition

July 1, 2008

ING Groep announced today that it completed the acquisition of CitiStreet LLC, one of the premier retirement plan and benefit service organization’s in the United States. The deal makes Hartford, Conn.-based ING Wealth Management, a division...

Massachusetts finds MetLife 'missing' pensioners, Galvin says

March 1, 2018

The Massachusetts securities regulator has found hundreds of retirees in the state who are owed pension payments by MetLife and whom the insurer said it had been unable to locate. MetLife provided the names to Secretary of the Commonwealth William...

Future retirees more vulnerable to income shocks

February 21, 2018

The two major shocks that hit the elderly today are a spike in medical expenses and a sharp drop in income upon becoming a widow. While some of today's retirees are financially fragile, most appear able to absorb shocks without incurring hardship,...

Careful planning can help public employees avoid Social Security reductions

August 9, 2016

Nothing angers public employees more than rules that reduce the Social Security benefits they have earned by working in the private sector when they are also eligible for a government pension based on work where they did not pay FICA taxes....

Social Security rules for divorced public employees

February 19, 2015

Divorced couples who were married for at least 10 years can claim Social Security benefits on each other's earnings records as if they are still married. But questions may arise when one of the ex-spouses is a public sector employee. Last week,...

IRS shuts lump-sum window for retirees already receiving benefits

July 10, 2015

Defined benefit plan sponsors can no longer replace annuity payments with lump-sum distributions to retirees and their beneficiaries, the IRS said Thursday. With the amendments applying as of July 9, “it definitely has an immediate impact,”...

MetLife, Brighthouse sued for $500 million over missing pensioners

June 20, 2018

MetLife Inc. and Brighthouse Financial Inc. have been sued for failing to pay at least $500 million in retirement benefits over the past 2½ decades to thousands of pension plan participants. In December, MetLife disclosed that it had failed...

Lump sum or monthly pension? How I made my decision

August 17, 2014

Recently, an investor wrote to me asking if he should accept his employer's offer of a lump-sum payout in lieu of a monthly pension. Of course, such a decision depends on a person's financial needs, life expectancy and access to other assets,...

Pension plans take lead on finding missing participants

April 30, 2018

While the defined contribution plan industry awaits more formal guidance from Washington on how to combat the issue of missing, terminated participants in active retirement plans, some sponsors and service providers already are working to refine...

Senators introduce bill calling for retirement commission to guide Congress

April 27, 2018

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate Wednesday would create a federal commission to give Congress suggestions on how to improve private retirement benefits programs. Action on the bill co-sponsored by Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and...

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