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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...

Here's where elite 401(k) advisers are focusing their energy

December 5, 2018

Elite retirement plan advisers, the ones most specialized in retirement plans, are primarily focusing on referrals and financial wellness to grow their practices and better service clients. Based on new research conducted by The Retirement Advisor...

Vestwell and BNY Mellon partner on 401(k) plans, auto-IRAs

December 5, 2018

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. and robo-adviser Vestwell Holdings Inc. have inked a deal to partner on workplace retirement programs such as 401(k) plans and auto-IRAs. Under the partnership, Vestwell will serve as the technology backbone underpinning...

BB&T settles 401(k) lawsuit for $24 million

December 4, 2018

Branch Banking and Trust Co. will pay $24 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it profited from its 401(k) plan at the expense of its employees, one of the largest settlements to date reached by a financial firm involved in such litigation....

Annuity and mutual fund interests at odds over 401(k) disclosures

November 29, 2018

A fight is breaking out over retirement legislation that the U.S. Congress is trying to jam through before year's end, pitting insurance and mutual fund groups, as well as large 401(k) providers, against each other. The rancor concerns just...

Large broker-dealers expand how they work with small 401(k) plans

November 28, 2018

Large brokerage firms are giving more attention to how their financial advisers do business with small 401(k) plans. Firms such as UBS Wealth Management Americas, Raymond James, LPL Financial, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch...

Congress tries to jam through retirement legislation by year-end

November 27, 2018

Congress is making one final push to get retirement legislation passed by the end of the year, with provisions promoting more 401(k) plan formation and greater use of annuities hanging in the balance. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways...

Waddell & Reed settles 401(k) lawsuit for $4.9 million

November 21, 2018

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. is settling a lawsuit that alleges it loaded its company 401(k) plan with costly in-house investments by agreeing to pay nearly $5 million. The class-action lawsuit claimed the asset manager breached its fiduciary...

HUB International in talks to buy Sheridan Road, a $14 billion hybrid retirement plan group

November 16, 2018

Sheridan Road Financial, an advisory firm overseeing about $14 billion in retirement plan assets, is in talks to be acquired by insurance brokerage Hub International, according to two sources with knowledge of the discussions. The deal hasn't...

Vanguard rolls out HSAs for 401(k) participants

November 15, 2018

Vanguard Group will start offering health savings accounts to its defined-contribution-plan clients, the retirement-plan record keeper and asset manager announced Thursday, capitalizing on the increased popularity of HSAs. Vanguard, the largest...

DOL proposes rule to reduce leakage in 401(k) plans

November 8, 2018

The Department of Labor proposed a rule late Wednesday that's meant to stanch the flow of money out of 401(k) plans, an issue that has long troubled retirement policymakers. The Labor Department's proposal promotes the idea of "auto-portability,"...

Wells Fargo considering sale of retirement-plan unit

November 8, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. is considering the sale of its retirement-plan services business, according to people familiar with the matter. The unit could fetch as much as $1 billion, said one person, who asked to not be identified because the matter...

Millennials are a growth engine for 401(k) advisers

November 7, 2018

If only millennials had more money, they would be at the top of every investment adviser's list of target markets. Today, millennials (born from 1982 to 2000 and numbering 83 million in the U.S.) comprise one-quarter of the U.S. population and...

Are 401(k) advisers operating like Amazon?

November 7, 2018

Most retirement plan advisers don't have the competitive advantage that they think they do. While the competitive advantage of those who specialize in retirement plans versus those who do one-off plans has gotten wider, the gap among specialists...

Employees can now save in a 401(k) by using a credit card

November 7, 2018

Spending and saving are kind of like oil and water — they don't mix well together. But one company is trying to link credit-card spending to increased retirement savings, and financial advisers are taking notice. Earlier this year, EvoShare...

Following the money is getting harder for 401(k) plan advisers and sponsors

November 7, 2018

It's interesting that transparency and the seemingly unquenchable desire for lower fees among 401(k) and 403(b) plan sponsors have driven some providers to find new ways to fund their services. But the consequences of these actions could fuel...

Jackson National to settle 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit for $4.5 million

November 5, 2018

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. has reached a $4.5 million settlement in a self-dealing lawsuit that alleged the company profited at the expense of its employees by adding high-cost proprietary investment funds to its 401(k) plan. The settlement...

New court ruling could put retirement assets from a divorce at risk in bankruptcy

October 30, 2018

Financial advisers should reconsider how they treat retirement assets clients acquired during a divorce, following a recent lawsuit that puts them at risk during a bankruptcy, according to tax and estate experts. In this particular case, Brian...

Fidelity ramps up 401(k) managed account distribution

October 25, 2018

Fidelity Investments is trying to expand its reach into the 401(k) managed account market. The firm has made a number of changes to its managed accounts over the past year and a half, including the addition of more financial planning elements...

Unintended fiduciary consequences of 401(k) fee compression

October 24, 2018

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act was enacted in September 1974. The Securities and Exchange Commission abolished fixed-rate commissions on trading in May 1975. These were the twin fire-starters of fee compression, and the flame continues...

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