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Millennium Trust introduces retirement savings suite for small businesses

October 11, 2019

Millennium Trust Co. has a new suite of affordable benefits and retirement tools that small business owners can offer in lieu of a traditional 401(k). Employers can use Workplace Savings Solutions to choose from a variety of types of individual...

Drug costs for some U.S. seniors to rise by hundreds of dollars

October 11, 2019

Senior citizens with high prescription drug costs are facing hundreds of dollars in additional expenses next year, according to a new analysis of Medicare's drug program by a nonprofit research group. Medicare's drug benefit, known as Part D,...

Social Security COLA for 2020 will be 1.6 percent

October 10, 2019

The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that benefits and the maximum amount of wages subject to payroll taxes will increase by 1.6% in 2020, more than a full percentage point less than the 2.8% cost-of-living adjustment posted...

Morgan Stanley wins 401(k) lawsuit over use of in-house and BlackRock funds

October 10, 2019

Morgan Stanley has won a lawsuit alleging that it included high-cost, underperforming in-house and BlackRock investment funds in its company 401(k) plan, costing its employees millions of dollars in lost retirement savings. Plaintiffs originally...

Bad news for advisers offering financial wellness programs

October 9, 2019

There's bad news for financial advisers offering financial wellness services to employers and their workers: Advisers are at a competitive disadvantage to other vendors, like 401(k) providers and health insurers. That largely stems from positioning...

The most misunderstood Roth conversion tax rule

October 8, 2019

Once Roth IRA funds have been held for five years and the Roth owner is 59½ years old, there are no more tax rules to know because all distributions will be tax- and penalty-free forever, including distributions to beneficiaries. These distributions,...

SEC probing compensation, sales practices in 403(b) plans for school districts

October 8, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be launching a broad investigation of compensation and sales practices in defined-contribution plans for school districts, an atypical move that targets a segment of the market frequently lambasted...

Why 401(k) advisers should pay attention to Ascensus' TPA buying spree

October 8, 2019

The retirement plan third-party administrator is the definition of a dispersed cottage industry, with over 3,000 practitioners, that seems ripe for consolidation. Many have tried. None have succeeded. But Ascensus' FuturePlan, led by industry...

Why Bill Simonet is helping his fellow veterans

October 8, 2019

Bill Simonet is on a mission. The former Marine, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, is committed to helping veterans better manage their financial affairs through his Simonet Financial Group, a registered investment adviser located in Kyle,...

Factors to consider before taking a pension buyout

October 7, 2019

General Electric is the latest company to offer a pension buyout to former employees as it tries to shore up its pension plans, which were $27 billion underfunded as of year-end 2018. The company is offering lump-sum payments to 100,000 former...

How advisers can help pre-retirees

October 7, 2019

Recently, I heard the phrase "inattentive households" — a term clearly coined by economists for economists — at a conference from someone discussing pre-retirees' lack of awareness of the typical income and spending changes that come with...

401(k) plans lag in ESG investing

October 5, 2019

American investors have been pouring money into funds focused on environmental and social good, but among those investors has been one notable exception: participants in workplace retirement plans. But this is likely to change according to experts,...

Investigation into 403(b) costs, sales could be an A+ for teachers

October 3, 2019

New York's investigation 403(b) plan costs and sales tactics used by insurers is welcome action from regulators that will hopefully be accompanied by long-overdue reforms and financial relief for vulnerable consumers. The exploited consumers...

Navigating the world of probability and certainty in your practice

October 3, 2019

Financial advisers often hang their value proposition on a phenomenon that for the most part is outside their control: portfolio gains. The laws of probability tell us that markets go up over time, but when they do and by how much is inherently...

401(k) lawsuits get more complex

October 2, 2019

Lawsuits targeting 401(k) plan sponsors increasingly involve issues that are complex and granular. It's a trend that's likely to continue as such litigation proliferates and one that some advisers and attorneys fear may leave employers paralyzed...

The practice of gratitude

October 2, 2019

I've attended many retirement events for advisers, honoring them for their work with their clients through the years. They are always wonderful occasions, but I'm often surprised how hard it seems for many honorees to gracefully accept the positive...

HSA fees drop, investment design shows improvement

October 1, 2019

Investment funds in health savings accounts have improved substantially over the past few years on several fronts, including fund options, quality and fees, according to a new report from Morningstar Inc. "You've seen definite improvements,"...

New rules make it easier to access 401(k) funds

September 30, 2019

Final rules issued recently by federal regulators make it easier for 401(k) participants to withdraw their retirement savings early in the event of a hardship, which could have the effect of increasing so-called leakage from workplace retirement...

A new twist on Medicare open enrollment

September 30, 2019

Many of your retired or soon-to-be retired clients probably think of enrolling in Medicare as a once-in-a-lifetime event that's timed to coincide with their retirement date and Social Security claiming decisions. But such a set-it-and-forget-it...

Income annuities provide retirees longevity protection

September 28, 2019

Though the discussion in this chapter could be applied to any annuity offering lifetime income benefits, the focus for now returns to income annuities to keep the discussion more manageable. Previous chapters have introduced the role annuities...

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