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Congress members ask GAO to study fallout from death of DOL fiduciary rule

June 24, 2019

High-level Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives have asked a congressional watchdog to study the fallout from the now-defunct Department of Labor fiduciary rule, including the regulation's effect on a wide range of business practices...

Reg BI: How rollovers are changing under the new SEC rules

June 20, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission in early June made the most significant changes to investment-advice standards in more than two decades — and rollovers were no exception. Regulation Best Interest imposes a new standard for brokers,...

Positioning can help 401(k) advisers boost sales

June 19, 2019

During his lecture at a recent event for The Retirement Advisor University, UCLA professor Noah Goldstein, a noted author and expert on persuasion, related a story about a friend who consulted for a hot tub company. The company wanted to boost...

MFS settles 401(k) lawsuit for $6.9 million

June 17, 2019

Investment manager Massachusetts Financial Services Co. has reached a settlement of nearly $7 million in a lawsuit alleging the company enriched itself at the expense of employees' retirement savings by loading its 401(k) plans with costly,...

Target-date fund design may be wrong for retirees

June 17, 2019

Prominent retirement researchers are questioning whether target-date funds, the golden goose of the 401(k) industry, are structured appropriately. TDFs have become the preferred investment for 401(k) savers, now holding about $1.1 trillion in...

4 strategies for Roth conversions

June 13, 2019

The time is ripe to convert traditional, pretax retirement accounts to Roth-style accounts. Low individual tax rates by historical standards and a pending reversion in 2026 to the higher rates that preceded the new tax law make this an opportune...

401(k) savings rates have stagnated

June 12, 2019

401(k) plan design has by most accounts improved dramatically over the past decade. The number of retirement plans that automatically enroll employees has swelled more than 50%, and roughly a third of those plans automatically increase employees'...

June 11, 2019

BY Greg Iacurci The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case alleging employer Intel Corp. lost its employees substantial retirement savings by investing a large portion of 401(k) plan assets in risky and high-cost hedge-fund and private-equity...

Supreme Court accepts 401(k) case about alternative investments in target-date funds

June 11, 2019

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case alleging employer Intel Corp. lost its employees substantial retirement savings by investing a large portion of 401(k) plan assets in risky and high-cost hedge-fund and private-equity investments....

Pennsylvania law requires multiple record keepers for 403(b), 457 plans

June 10, 2019

A new law in Pennsylvania will require school districts sponsoring certain retirement plans to use at least four service providers, which advisers say runs counter to best practices and will perpetuate an environment of higher record-keeping...

Why a lack of diversity may be hurting your 401(k) clients

June 5, 2019

The defining trait of a successful investment committee is the ability to make prudent decisions. The best decisions are typically made as a result of asking critical questions, considering viable alternatives and coming to a consensus on the...

HSAs are lagging when it comes to rollovers

June 4, 2019

When it comes to traditional retirement accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs, employers or service providers often urge participants to consolidate assets in multiple accounts via a rollover. But it appears that advice isn't prevalent when it comes...

Supreme Court to hear 401(k) stock-drop case

June 3, 2019

The Supreme Court accepted a 401(k) lawsuit Monday that could reframe how employers think about company stock in their retirement plans. Plaintiffs in the case, Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Larry W. Jander, allege that plan fiduciaries...

What the new DOL fiduciary rule will probably look like

May 31, 2019

The form and substance of the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule, set to be unveiled by the end of the year, is anybody's guess. But there are a few clues, and attorneys who specialize in fiduciary and retirement law have mined them to...

Is Roth participation in DC plans being suppressed by record keepers?

May 30, 2019

Every day, employees meet with pension record-keeper advisers and have a typical discussion about their 401(k), 403(b) or 457 defined-contribution plans: Employee: "I can only afford to contribute $400 per paycheck to my 401(k) plan." Adviser:...

House passes SECURE retirement bill with massive bipartisan support

May 23, 2019

The House of Representatives passed a sweeping retirement bill Thursday that makes it easier for small businesses to offer a workplace retirement plan, eases use of annuities in 401(k)s and raises the required minimum distribution age, among...

CITs are changing the retail 401(k) world

May 22, 2019

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way."...

Cross-selling poised to be next 401(k) 'battleground' issue

May 13, 2019

Cross-selling products and services to 401(k) plan participants — on the part of both record keepers and financial advisers — is shaping up to be among the most contentious issues in the retirement-plan market. The issue comes down to the...

Whistle-blower Ted Siedle sees pensions as hotbed for fraud

May 10, 2019

Ted Siedle has a bleak outlook about U.S. retirement security. That's the case particularly with public pensions, which Mr. Siedle suggests are essentially hotbeds for fraud and theft. Mr. Siedle is a bit of an authority on the subject — he...

Actively managed TDFs are getting edged out

May 9, 2019

Passively managed target-date funds are sucking the life force from their actively managed counterparts. The money flowing into passive TDFs — those that invest primarily in funds that track a broad market index like the S&P 500 — has increased...

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