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Voya retirement chief talks M&A, fee pressure and emerging 401(k) fraud

September 27, 2019

Charles Nelson, chief executive of retirement and employee benefits at Voya Financial Inc., oversees one of the largest defined-contribution plan record-keeping businesses in the U.S., administering $304 billion in retirement assets as of June...

The 401(k)-HSA savings rule of thumb works, until it doesn't

September 26, 2019

The rule of thumb for helping employees choose how to allocate workplace savings between a 401(k) account and a health savings account is relatively straightforward: Save up to the percentage of the employer's 401(k) match to take advantage...

How financial advisers can serve the gig economy

September 25, 2019

Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. Constituting just over one-third, a considerable number of this cohort are working as independents rather than as employees. Their work life, unlike the experience of their parents,...

Edelman Financial Engines is bringing financial planners to small 401(k) plans

September 20, 2019

Edelman Financial Engines is bringing financial planning to participants in small 401(k) plans over the next six months as the advisory firm emerges from its recent integration and seeks to expand distribution. The firm will leverage a recently...

Trump administration wants to kill California's auto-IRA program

September 18, 2019

The Trump administration is trying to upend California's auto-IRA program, CalSavers, with the intent of halting an initiative among other states that would force employers to offer employees workplace retirement savings plans. The U.S. Department...

MIT settles class-action suit that snared Fidelity's Abigail Johnson

September 13, 2019

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has reached a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit that alleged a quid pro quo arrangement with Fidelity Investments related to the university's 401(k) program. The agreement comes just days...

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...

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'...

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...

There's a wrong way to use target-date funds

August 28, 2019

The benefits of using the increasingly popular target-date funds as turnkey solutions in retirement plans are sometimes diluted by retirement savers who pair the prepackaged products with other funds. "When it comes to target-date funds, it...

Hybrid robo looking to offer financial wellness to retirement plan sponsors

August 28, 2019

Financial advisers promote services like "comprehensive financial planning" and "financial wellness" to differentiate themselves from digital advice startups and justify their fees, but now at least one robo-adviser is looking to do the same....

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...

Fidelity says number of 401(k) millionaires hits record high

August 21, 2019

Fidelity Investments said the number of retirement savers with at least $1 million in their account hit a record, as did the employee savings rate, according to data from 401(k) plans that it administers. The average employee contribution rate...

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...

We've got Americans back to work. Now let's help them retire.

August 14, 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has unleashed historic economic growth for millions of Americans. Now is the time for Congress to act to consolidate these economic gains by securing retirement benefits for current and future retirees. According to...

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...

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