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Goldman offers DC plans true alternative with novel fund

October 15, 2012

In the latest effort to address some of the asset allocation challenges and missteps seen on most employer-sponsored defined contribution plans, Goldman Sachs Asset Management appears to be headed in the right direction. While the clunky name...

Rob Arnott: The glide path illusion

October 2, 2012

The following is excerpted from September's Fundamentals newsletter that is published by Rearch Affiliates. To see the full newsletter, including accompanying tables, click here. Young adults should buy stocks; mature adults should favor bonds....

California offers to run pensions for small employers

October 2, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that permits as many as 6.3 million private workers without a pension plan to set aside retirement money for management by the state. It is the first state-run pension program for nongovernment employees...

Mary Beth Franklin: The secrets of successful savers

September 7, 2012

Are you sick of hearing about the failed 401(k) system and the looming retirement crisis in America? Me, too. Well finally, there's some good news about retirement savings and just in time for 401(k) Day which is Friday September 7. (Who knew?...

Tool aims to help DC plan participants make better decisions

August 19, 2012

This week's column is brought to you by Allianz Global Investors. Don't worry. I don't mean that in an advertising sense but rather in the form of insights gleaned from a demonstration of the company's new PlanSuccess System — the online-tool...

3% deferral rate for 401(k)s not nearly enough: Mary Beth Franklin

June 19, 2012

The fate of boomers' retirement may be mostly sealed, but it's not too late for employers to help rescue their younger workers — many of whom have misguided notions about how much money they should sock away. “Employers and providers are...

Dueling fiduciary standards from SEC, DOL 'not workable,' says industry expert

June 18, 2012

The Department of Labor official who is leading the effort to strengthen fiduciary-duty rules for retirement plans said that she is coordinating with the Securities and Exchange Commission on fiduciary policy but asserted that each agency will...

Goldman retirement exec joins J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services

June 4, 2012

J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services LLC has brought Bill McDermott on board as head of sales and client solutions at the massive record-keeping unit. He joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he had led the defined-contribution business....

GM follows in Ford's tracks, offers lump sum to retirees

June 1, 2012

Apparently, as Ford Motor goes, so goes GM. General Motors Co. on Friday announced plans to cut its pension obligation by $26 billion by offering lump-sum payments to about 42,000 white-collar retirees. The nation's largest automaker is also...

Putnam's Reynolds aim to put retirement security on election agenda

May 9, 2012

In a presidential election that already has seen days dominated by parsing whether one candidate can be compared with an Etch-A-Sketch and whether another has mistreated a dog, Putnam Investments chief executive Robert Reynolds wants to turn...

AllianceBernstein veteran stepping down — to become a schoolteacher

May 3, 2012

Thomas J. Fontaine is stepping down from his post as head of defined-contribution investments at AllianceBernstein LP with plans to become a math teacher. “The time seems right,” he said, in an interview with InvestmentNews on Wednesday....

Advisers share public's dismal opinion of Washington

April 20, 2012

Federal lawmakers running for re-election this year received a small bit of solace in the latest polls. The congressional approval rating jumped to 17% in a new Gallup survey. Americans are sick of watching politicians squabble in a capital...

Thrown some curves, service providers finally 'ahead of the curve' for 401(k) disclosures

April 9, 2012

It's taken more than a year for retirement plan service providers to gear up for fee disclosures, but they finally seem to be prepared for the new reporting requirements that go into effect July 1. Research from Mesirow Financial's retirement...

Fee disclosure regs crank up scrutiny on advisers

March 20, 2012

Plan investments and record-keeping services aren't the only things advisers will have to benchmark as part of the upcoming fee disclosure regulation: They also will have to watch their own backs. The difficulties of self-benchmarking for advisers...

No. 1 retirement concern: Fear of the unknown

March 13, 2012

The latest Retirement Confidence Survey is out today. For the 22nd year, the Employee Benefits Research Institute and Matthew Greenwald & Associates have asked American workers about their retirement dreams and concerns. Not surprisingly, Americans'...

Goldman snaps up fixed-income shop

February 7, 2012

Goldman Sachs Asset Management said Tuesday it will acquire Dwight Asset Management, a stable value money manager, from Old Mutual Asset Management, according to a GSAM news release. GSAM made the acquisition to increase its defined contribution...

IRA business seen booming

February 5, 2012

Rollovers into individual retirement accounts will take a bigger share of the retirement market in coming years, with large record keepers such as Fidelity Investments, TIAA-CREF and The Vanguard Group Inc. reaping the benefits. Assets in the...

Bridgewater, AQR take aim at DC assets

December 27, 2011

Two giants of the alternative investment management world — Bridgewater Associates LP and AQR Capital Management LLC — are turning their attention to the defined contribution plan market. With their sights set firmly on the trillions of...

ASPPA, record keepers ask DOL for extension on plan fee disclosure

December 20, 2011

The American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and its sister organization The Council of Independent 401(k) Recordkeepers yesterday asked the Labor Department to cut advisers and plan service providers a little more slack on the...

Fee decline in target date funds likely to persist

November 6, 2011

Target date fund fees have been declining year by year and basis point by basis point, and more cuts seem likely. A proliferation of fund offerings, increased competition among providers and a greater willingness by defined-contribution-plan...

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