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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...

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...

What 401(k) advisers can learn from a viral social media post

May 8, 2019

Not too long ago I took my wife out to dinner, something I don't do enough. We went to a local place here in Austin. The overall experience was wonderful. When we got the bill, I noticed something a little unusual at the bottom: A separate fee...

How should advisers treat rollovers from 401(k)s to IRAs?

May 3, 2019

Recommendations that 401(k) participants take distributions from their plans and roll them over to individual retirement accounts are coming under increasing scrutiny. That scrutiny is focused on both the quality of the recommendation, including...

Alexander Acosta is the Night King from 'Game of Thrones'

May 2, 2019

For those of us who love the HBO series "Game of Thrones" — and I'm guessing that's pretty much everyone reading — one question has nagged for the majority of the show's run: Just who is this Night King guy? We know a few things. The signature...

Why 401(k) advisers should stress-test client portfolios

April 29, 2019

Managing risk and return is a central responsibility of every investment fiduciary. Asset allocation and securities selection are the blunt instruments used to shape the contours of a portfolio's risk and return profile. The process of building...

American Funds, Empower forge partnership on 401(k) managed accounts

April 26, 2019

Empower Retirement, one of the largest retirement-plan record keepers, and Capital Group, which sponsors the American Funds investment brand, have forged a partnership on 401(k) managed accounts that experts say offers a blueprint for how asset...

Fidelity sales tactics called out in settlement of retirement plan lawsuit

April 23, 2019

The marketing and sales tactics Fidelity Investments uses with retirement savers were called out in a lawsuit involving alleged retirement-plan mismanagement by Vanderbilt University, bringing into focus the ongoing and seemingly increasing...

The drawback of Richard Thaler's 401(k)-Social Security idea? Social Security itself

April 22, 2019

Nobel laureate Richard Thaler's idea to increase retirees' Social Security payments by using a portion of their 401(k) accounts is drawing criticism from some corners of the financial-advice industry, primarily due to the current less-than-stellar...

401(k) advisers are battling on multiple fronts

April 15, 2019

Advisers specializing in the retirement-plan business are engaged in battle on multiple fronts — and none of the conflicts have easy answers. Fifteen years ago, when a majority of retail 401(k) plans were sold direct — not through intermediaries...

Fidelity wants to own the workplace — and beyond

April 12, 2019

Fidelity Investments is taking control of the workplace. Need a retirement plan for employees? Fidelity has that. Want to offer a student loan benefit? Roger that. How about payroll services? You got it. Health savings accounts, charitable giving...

Principal-Wells Fargo retirement deal hints at fee compression

April 11, 2019

The blockbuster deal inked by Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo & Co. earlier this week provides a glimpse into the economics prevailing in the defined-contribution-plan record-keeping business. Specifically, the deal's $1.2 billion...

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