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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...

Captrust strikes again, buys $1.5 billion RIA

October 9, 2019

With the M&A market for registered investment advisers red hot, Captrust Financial Advisors has struck again, announcing Wednesday that it had acquired the financial advisory business of Boston Advisors, a boutique investment management firm....

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,...

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,...

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...

The risks of giving advice to 401(k) participants

October 8, 2019

From time to time, advisers who serve as investment fiduciaries for 401(k) plans ask if they can also provide investment advice to participants. The answer is "Yes, if it's done properly." As that suggests, the devil is in the details. The starting...

Taking a lump-sum pension payment? Watch out for bad boy brokers

October 8, 2019

The 100,000 former employees of General Electric who are being offered a pension buyout in the form of a lump-sum payment should keep a tight grip on their wallets if they decide to shop around for a financial adviser for guidance and help....

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...

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...

Older millennials fear they won't ever be able to retire

October 7, 2019

Half of high-income millennials ages 30 to 34 fear they'll have to work forever because they won't be able to save enough to retire. [More:​ Young adviser's focus on 'joy, security, confidence' resonates with millennials] That's one take-away...

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,...

Trump to outline new vision for Medicare

October 3, 2019

President Donald J. Trump will outline his vision for the future of Medicare this week, contrasting plans with Democrats in a speech promising to strengthen the program for the elderly and disabled. [More: A new twist on Medicare open enrollment]...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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