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A market sell-off could mean more 401(k) lawsuits

September 10, 2018

The current bull market is nearly 10 years old. Unemployment is low in many industries, there are more 401(k) millionaires than ever before and wage growth is looking up. Anyone saving in a 401(k) is likely doing pretty well right now. However,...

How to keep your 401(k) clients out of court

September 10, 2018

While 401(k) lawsuits show no sign of letting up, the man at the forefront of class-action retirement plan litigation foresees a day when this will change. "Ultimately, it may be that 401(k) cases end because [retirement plan] sponsors change...

Last chance to undo a Roth conversion

September 7, 2018

The new tax law ended Roth recharacterizations, effective for conversions done in 2018 and later years. However, there is still a window of opportunity to reverse 2017 Roth conversions. But that window is closing quickly: The last day to recharacterize...

Ohio National, a big variable annuity provider, exits the annuity business

September 7, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc., among the top 20 sellers of variable annuities, is quitting the annuity business and is simultaneously laying off 300 employees, signaling the challenges of the variable annuity market in recent years....

Trump administration hypocrisy on retirement security

September 6, 2018

Is President Donald J. Trump a hypocrite when it comes to retirement security? His actions certainly suggest so. On Aug. 31, Mr. Trump signed an executive order meant to strengthen retirement security by expanding access to workplace retirement...

Legislation affecting advisers may fall victim to tight Capitol Hill calendar

September 6, 2018

Legislation that would reform how advisers are regulated, increase contribution limits for health savings accounts and strengthen retirement security could fall victim to a tight congressional calendar or partisan divisions this fall. In late...

DOL fiduciary rule caused $14 billion in stock losses for investment firms: report

September 5, 2018

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule led to "tremendous" losses for brokerage and other investment firms, causing billions of dollars to be shed from their market valuations as investors feared the rule would hurt profitability, according...

Open MEPs would be game-changer for 401(k) advisers

September 4, 2018

The president inched open multiple employer plans a step closer to reality Friday when he signed an executive order directing government agencies to make it easier for small employers to offer these retirement plans. If the Labor and Treasury...

403(b) sponsors finding success beating back lawsuits

September 1, 2018

Sweeping claims began stacking up over a decade ago in federal courts alleging that some of the nation's largest employers breached their fiduciary duties to 401(k) participants under ERISA. These class-action cases contained almost identical...

Many young staffers have benefits needs beyond a simple 401(k)

September 1, 2018

Advisers often bemoan the shortage of talent that's preventing a natural growth in their business — if only they could find the right person, and keep them. The trickle of graduates coming out of financial planning schools is one factor, but...

Consolidation of record keepers for 401(k) plans 'worrisome'

September 1, 2018

Consolidation among record keepers in the retirement-plan business has created concern among some financial advisers. While deal activity has waned since a feverish pace of blockbuster acquisitions leading up to 2016, experts believe the frenetic...

HSAs functioning more as 401(k)s

September 1, 2018

Retirement plan advisers are increasingly interested in helping employer clients with their health savings accounts. But how should advisers look at these accounts? That depends on whether the employer wants to position the HSA as a transactional...

Drawing down assets from a portfolio need not be tough

September 1, 2018

Decumulation is the hottest topic in the retirement industry today. Service providers are all looking for ways to distribute a reliable and predictable stream of income to defined-contribution-plan participants during their retirement in an...

Retirement plans see rise in cyberattacks

September 1, 2018

Cyberattacks have made their way into the U.S. retirement system. While we may have hoped that employer-sponsored retirement plans would escape the types of cyberattacks plaguing financial service providers and dominating headlines, service...

The case for clean shares in retirement plans

September 1, 2018

When the topic of 401(k) and 403(b) revenue sharing comes up, advisers get very vocal about why we should be moving to institutional or clean shares. Along with greater transparency, clean shares demystify how defined-contribution plans work...

Advisers back Trump's directive to ease distribution rules for retirement accounts

August 31, 2018

Investment advisers support President Donald J. Trump's effort to allow people to keep money in their retirement accounts longer. This afternoon at an event in Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Trump will sign an executive order directing the Treasury Department...

Trump to issue executive order to expand retirement savings rules for small businesses

August 31, 2018

President Donald J. Trump plans to issue an executive order Friday directing his administration to make it easier for small businesses to band together to set up retirement-savings plans. The order, to be signed in North Carolina ahead of the...

Personal Capital takes aim at retirement income

August 31, 2018

Personal Capital's latest feature on its robo platform helps clients create a tax-efficient retirement income strategy. Retirement Paycheck leverages account level tax status, household tax filing status, and the latest state and federal tax...

Nudging Congress toward Social Security reform

August 30, 2018

When leaders refuse to lead, it's time for the people to step in. That, essentially, is the mission of Funding Our Future, an alliance of organizations dedicated to making a secure retirement possible for all Americans. I was honored to serve...

Crypto craze puts retirement savings at risk

August 29, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week rejected nine separate schemes to create the world's first bitcoin exchange-traded fund, which would open the door to investing in cryptocurrency in retirement accounts. This follows the SEC's...

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