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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]...

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...

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...

Trump wrong to challenge workplace savings plans

September 28, 2019

Virtually everyone who looks at the numbers agrees that America faces a retirement crisis. Simply put, most Americans have not saved enough to generate the income they will need to support themselves for the many, many years when they are no...

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...

Voya retirement chief talks M&A, fee pressure and emerging 401(k) fraud

September 27, 2019

Charles Nelson, chief executive of retirement and employee benefits at Voya Financial Inc., oversees one of the largest defined-contribution plan record-keeping businesses in the U.S., administering $304 billion in retirement assets as of June...

The 401(k)-HSA savings rule of thumb works, until it doesn't

September 26, 2019

The rule of thumb for helping employees choose how to allocate workplace savings between a 401(k) account and a health savings account is relatively straightforward: Save up to the percentage of the employer's 401(k) match to take advantage...

Senate confirms Scalia as DOL secretary on party-line vote

September 26, 2019

Eugene Scalia became the new Labor secretary Thursday. The Republican-majority Senate confirmed Mr. Scalia to head the agency on a party-line vote, 53-44. He now takes over a department whose fiduciary rule to raise investment advice standards...

How financial advisers can serve the gig economy

September 25, 2019

Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. Constituting just over one-third, a considerable number of this cohort are working as independents rather than as employees. Their work life, unlike the experience of their parents,...

Three Roth conversion traps that should be avoided

September 24, 2019

Roth conversions can add a lot of value to a retirement income plan. Advisers can control when Roth conversions take place, and therefore can be strategic and do conversions in years when tax rates for a particular client might be lower than...

What's driving growth in the fixed indexed annuity market?

September 23, 2019

The U.S. annuity market underwent a significant shift following the Great Recession. Prior to the economic crash, variable annuity sales propelled growth in the annuity market, accounting for over 70% of the $265 billion in annuity sales in...

Climate change could interfere with retirement readiness

September 20, 2019

A new global survey about retirees' well-being paints a bleak picture for Americans hoping for an old age free of financial stress. A separate report on the impact of global warming makes it even worse. The 2019 Global Retirement Index released...

Edelman Financial Engines is bringing financial planners to small 401(k) plans

September 20, 2019

Edelman Financial Engines is bringing financial planning to participants in small 401(k) plans over the next six months as the advisory firm emerges from its recent integration and seeks to expand distribution. The firm will leverage a recently...

Are 401(k) advice fees headed to zero?

September 19, 2019

Vanguard Group has thrown down the gauntlet on costs for 401(k) managed accounts. InvestmentNews reported Wednesday that the asset manager plans to launch a digital-only financial planning and automated investing service for 15 basis points....

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