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FSI to fight rollout of auto IRAs

December 17, 2014

The Financial Services Institute, which represents independent broker-dealers and financial advisers, will focus its lobbying efforts next year on preventing states from rolling out automatic retirement savings programs. Earlier this month,...

Powerful GOP senator to defend retirement tax incentives

December 15, 2014

If Congress attempts to overhaul the tax code next year, one of the most influential lawmakers in the Senate indicated Monday he will defend tax incentives for retirement savings. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the incoming chairman of the Senate...

Corporate bonds fly off the shelves ahead of looming rate hikes

December 2, 2014

U.S. corporations are signaling that they think interest rates are going higher, eventually. Bond sales top $1.5 trillion for a new record. Bond sales driven by record-low interest rates The stage is being set for another global currency war,...

How to help clients navigate the choppy HSA waters

December 1, 2014

Preretirees increasingly rank health care as a top concern — specifically, health care costs during retirement. Your clients are currently choosing their health coverage plan for 2015. Part of a comprehensive approach to dealing with health...

Retirement plan contribution limits for tax year 2015 bring new opportunities

November 30, 2014

The IRS has announced cost-of-living adjustments to the limitations for retirement plan contributions for tax year 2015. These COLA adjustments are incremental, but the higher limitations provide an opportunity for savers to accelerate pre-tax...

Integrate college, retirement plans

November 30, 2014

Since September, I have been in front of at least $5 million of potential new assets under management almost every week. How? I help parents determine their best strategy to pay for college and save for retirement. I focus on four key areas:...

Rollovers of 401(k)s into pension plans gets government agency backing

November 26, 2014

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. on Tuesday finalized a rule to allow participants to push 401(k) assets into pensions, nudging employees to consider annuitizing these funds while curbing their ability to draw from the money before they retire....

John Hancock pushes for liquid alts in retirement plans

November 25, 2014

John Hancock steps up to support for liquid alternatives in defined contribution plans. University endowments allocate 53% to alternatives, but most retail-class investors are stuck with long-only stock and bond funds. As straightforward as...

Government workers get first crack at phased retirement

November 23, 2014

Virtually every survey of American workers finds the majority would like to ease into retirement, perhaps working part time for a few years before calling it quits completely. The problem is, corporate America has been slow to embrace the phased-retirement...

Retirement plan sponsors want more from advisers

November 20, 2014

Retirement plan sponsors want better service from financial advisers, according to Fidelity Investments'annual survey on plan sponsor attitudes. “We're seeing that the conversation between plan sponsors and advisers is starting to change,”...

Demand for socially responsible investing options in 401(k)s on the rise

November 14, 2014

Retirement plan advisers may need to learn more about socially responsible investing to meet an increasing demand for such options in 401(k) plans. Just as individual clients are increasingly asking their financial advisers to help them devise...

BlackRock names Castille as chief retirement strategist

October 31, 2014

BlackRock Inc., the world's biggest money manager, named Chip Castille to a newly created position of chief retirement strategist. Mr. Castille will direct the growth of BlackRock's global retirement product platform, including its LifePath...

Great-West Financial renames new retirement plan business Empower

October 30, 2014

Great-West Financial has renamed the retirement plan entity that combines the businesses of J.P. Morgan and Putnam Investments: The group is now called Empower. The new name is the latest step in Great-West's integration of sister company Putnam...

Best- and worst-performing target date funds

October 26, 2014

Target Date 2016-2020 Top 10 3-month return 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Net assets ($M) Expense ratio* Putnam RetirementReady 2020 A (PRRMX) 0.05% 8.17% 9.67% 7.38% $43.40 0.99% Madison Target Retirement 2020 R6 (MTWRX) -0.34%...

Conservative target-date funds weathered the third quarter market rout

October 26, 2014

More conservative target-date funds — those favoring higher relative positioning in bonds — weathered the market rout best in the third quarter, according to target date fund analyst Janet Yang of Morningstar Inc. (Related data: The best-...

Treasury, IRS OK annuities in 401(k) target date funds

October 24, 2014

Treasury Department and IRS approval on Friday of the use of annuities in target date funds in 401(k) plans, including as a default investment, will make lifetime-income features more popular and help ensure that droves of baby boomers don't...

Earnings season shapes up as the next test for the markets

October 13, 2014

Third-quarter earnings could be the next reality check for stocks, and for investors. As the reports start rolling out this week there are reasons to worry, but not panic. The five-year corporate earnings love story heads for a rough patch An...

A 401(k) conundrum: Can you make cash pile last for life?

October 8, 2014

Even if you've socked plenty of money away in your 401(k) plan and invested it carefully, some of your toughest decisions lie ahead. And don't expect much help or clarity from the government or your employer. Strategies for drawing down lump-sum...

Strategies arise to take advantage of new IRS after-tax rollover

September 24, 2014

Advisers are weighing strategies in light of the IRS' recent announcement on its treatment of after-tax money in 401(k) plans, but those opportunities might be hard to come by at the employer level. Last week, the Internal Revenue Service released...

3 tips for tomorrow's retirement plan adviser

September 21, 2014

25 years ago, the main focus for retirement plan advisers was picking funds for a 401(k) in-vestment menu. While that seems increasingly anachronistic, one of the original selling points of the 401(k) was that it offered a broad range of choice...

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