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Jackson National to settle 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit for $4.5 million

November 5, 2018

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. has reached a $4.5 million settlement in a self-dealing lawsuit that alleged the company profited at the expense of its employees by adding high-cost proprietary investment funds to its 401(k) plan. The settlement...

Future retirees focus on taxes

November 1, 2018

In the past, retirees relied on their accountants for tax advice. But future retirees increasingly are looking to their financial advisers for guidance on how to maximize their spendable retirement income by minimizing their taxes, according...

IRS raises 2019 401(k) contribution limit to $19,000

November 1, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday cost-of-living adjustments to limits on contributions to retirement plans for 2019. The agency's limit on annual employee contributions to 401(k)s, 403(b)s, most 457 plans and the federal government's...

Thoughts on endowment investing in the 21st century

October 31, 2018

Visit the Investments & Wealth Institute website to listen to a three-part series on creating an investment policy statement for endowments and foundations, presented by Scott Thayer, CIMA®, program director for the Institute's Endowments and...

Near-retirees get a Halloween scare

October 31, 2018

Who needs to watch reruns of "Friday the 13th" horror movies for cheap Halloween thrills? A quick glance at the financial news, including the heart-stopping 900-point swing in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in intraday trading Monday, is enough...

Advisers carve wealth management unit out of $16 billion asset manager

October 30, 2018

The wealth management ranks inside Madison Investment Advisors have gotten a little thinner after veteran advisers Walter Dewey and Benjamin Dickey spun off last week, along with $400 million in client assets, to launch their own firm, Resonant...

New court ruling could put retirement assets from a divorce at risk in bankruptcy

October 30, 2018

Financial advisers should reconsider how they treat retirement assets clients acquired during a divorce, following a recent lawsuit that puts them at risk during a bankruptcy, according to tax and estate experts. In this particular case, Brian...

Fidelity ramps up 401(k) managed account distribution

October 25, 2018

Fidelity Investments is trying to expand its reach into the 401(k) managed account market. The firm has made a number of changes to its managed accounts over the past year and a half, including the addition of more financial planning elements...

Couple indicted for stealing $14.5 million from retirement plans

October 25, 2018

A Dallas federal grand jury indicted a couple Wednesday for allegedly stealing $14.5 million from retirement plans they ran and using the funds for business and personal expenses. Jeffrey Richie, 53, and Wendy Richie, 58, co-owners of Vantage...

Unintended fiduciary consequences of 401(k) fee compression

October 24, 2018

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act was enacted in September 1974. The Securities and Exchange Commission abolished fixed-rate commissions on trading in May 1975. These were the twin fire-starters of fee compression, and the flame continues...

Here's how the 401(k) world will evolve over the next three years

October 23, 2018

The financial services industry moves at a snail's pace, set up to resist change and repel outsiders. The last major disruptors were Charles Schwab and Vanguard Group's John Bogle, both very old men now. But the 401(k) world is about to change...

DOL proposes rule to broaden retirement plan coverage

October 22, 2018

The Department of Labor has proposed a rule aimed at boosting the number of small employers that offer retirement plans to their workers, an issue that has dominated national discussions on retirement policy and prompted President Donald J....

LPL and Independent Financial Partners lose $10 billion retirement group

October 18, 2018

Retirement Benefits Group, a multibillion dollar advisory group focused on defined-contribution plans, is leaving LPL Financial and Independent Financial Partners early next year, according to a source familiar with the plans. RBG — which...

401(k) record keepers seek new revenue streams to 'save themselves'

October 17, 2018

Record keepers of defined-contribution plans have begun seeking new sources of revenue, largely to defray relentless fee compression that's squeezing their bottom line, according to retirement plan advisers. Record keepers, which track participant...

Captrust acquires $1.4 billion wealth shop

October 16, 2018

Captrust Financial Advisors has acquired FCE Group, a $1.4 billion advisory firm based in Lake Success, N.Y., building on its multiyear strategy to expand revenues from wealth management operations. FCE Group, whose legal name is First Capital...

Providing incentives for annuities within retirement plans

October 15, 2018

TIAA was founded 100 years ago by Andrew Carnegie to provide college professors with retirement income through employment-based annuities. This was an innovative concept for the time, predating the Social Security system by two decades. The...

Social Security and the fear of missing out

October 15, 2018

Fear of missing out, or FOMO, is generally associated with millennials who worry that something exciting is happening elsewhere when they're not there. But baby boomers are not immune from FOMO — a word officially added to the Oxford Dictionary...

2019 Medicare premiums announced

October 12, 2018

One day after the Social Security Administration announced that monthly benefits would increase by 2.8% next year, retirees got more good news. Medicare Part B premiums, which pay for outpatient services and doctor fees, will increase by only...

Social Security COLA for 2019 will be 2.8 percent

October 11, 2018

The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that 63 million beneficiaries, including retirees, disabled workers and their eligible dependents and surviving family members, will receive a 2.8% increase in benefits next year, the largest...

Fidelity sued again for 401(k) plan mismanagement

October 11, 2018

Fidelity Investments Inc. has been sued by participants in its company 401(k) plan for alleged self-dealing that caused the firm to profit at the expense of its employees saving for retirement. The lawsuit filed against Fidelity — Moitoso...

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