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Gucci settles 401(k) lawsuit for $1.2 million

June 25, 2019

Luxury fashion designer Gucci America Inc. has agreed to settle for $1.2 million a lawsuit alleging it mismanaged its 401(k) plan to the detriment of employees' retirement savings. Heather Janda Hay, a former plan participant, alleged Gucci,...

Congress members ask GAO to study fallout from death of DOL fiduciary rule

June 24, 2019

High-level Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives have asked a congressional watchdog to study the fallout from the now-defunct Department of Labor fiduciary rule, including the regulation's effect on a wide range of business practices...

Financial planning for same-sex couples has changed immensely since 2015 Supreme Court marriage ruling

June 21, 2019

Financial planning for same-sex couples has undergone a vast transformation in the four years since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage a right nationwide, according to advisers who work with LGBTQ clients. "It's changed in a lot of ways,"...

Reg BI: How rollovers are changing under the new SEC rules

June 20, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission in early June made the most significant changes to investment-advice standards in more than two decades — and rollovers were no exception. Regulation Best Interest imposes a new standard for brokers,...

How to suspend Social Security benefits

June 19, 2019

I often counsel readers about the option of suspending their Social Security benefits as a way to increase their future payouts. One reader had a simple question: How could he do it? "I claimed Social Security at 62 and I will turn 66 in December,"...

Positioning can help 401(k) advisers boost sales

June 19, 2019

During his lecture at a recent event for The Retirement Advisor University, UCLA professor Noah Goldstein, a noted author and expert on persuasion, related a story about a friend who consulted for a hot tub company. The company wanted to boost...

MFS settles 401(k) lawsuit for $6.9 million

June 17, 2019

Investment manager Massachusetts Financial Services Co. has reached a settlement of nearly $7 million in a lawsuit alleging the company enriched itself at the expense of employees' retirement savings by loading its 401(k) plans with costly,...

Target-date fund design may be wrong for retirees

June 17, 2019

Prominent retirement researchers are questioning whether target-date funds, the golden goose of the 401(k) industry, are structured appropriately. TDFs have become the preferred investment for 401(k) savers, now holding about $1.1 trillion in...

Some plan sponsors may need a nudge about HSA rollovers

June 15, 2019

The lineup of ways workers can save for retirement has expanded in recent years, with health savings accounts now looked upon as retirement savings vehicles along with 401(k) plans. But a recent survey suggests companies aren't doing a good...

4 strategies for Roth conversions

June 13, 2019

The time is ripe to convert traditional, pretax retirement accounts to Roth-style accounts. Low individual tax rates by historical standards and a pending reversion in 2026 to the higher rates that preceded the new tax law make this an opportune...

Lessons for those 'graduating' to retirement

June 13, 2019

To those newly retired, I offer my congratulations. Those of us who provide financial guidance to this growing segment of consumers know that this is a critical time and a major transition in the lives of people who have worked hard throughout...

401(k) savings rates have stagnated

June 12, 2019

401(k) plan design has by most accounts improved dramatically over the past decade. The number of retirement plans that automatically enroll employees has swelled more than 50%, and roughly a third of those plans automatically increase employees'...

Special Social Security rules for public sector employees

June 12, 2019

Questions from readers about Social Security rules and strategies seem to come in waves. The latest tsunami involves Social Security rules for public employees, their spouses and survivors — a total of about 2.5 million people. Although participation...

Vanguard study finds employers, employees improving retirement plan behaviors

June 11, 2019

Employers are improving the design of their retirement plans and employees increasingly are adopting prudent investing practices, according to a report from Vanguard. (More:​ Vanguard share of target-date fund market becoming 'obscene') The...

June 11, 2019

BY Greg Iacurci The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case alleging employer Intel Corp. lost its employees substantial retirement savings by investing a large portion of 401(k) plan assets in risky and high-cost hedge-fund and private-equity...

IRA trusts could become an estate planning disaster

June 11, 2019

The new SECURE Act that was passed overwhelmingly by the House in a 417-3 vote on May 23 contains a provision to eliminate the stretch IRA and replace it with a 10-year payout for most non-spouse beneficiaries, including trusts. Stretch IRAs...

Supreme Court accepts 401(k) case about alternative investments in target-date funds

June 11, 2019

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case alleging employer Intel Corp. lost its employees substantial retirement savings by investing a large portion of 401(k) plan assets in risky and high-cost hedge-fund and private-equity investments....

Pennsylvania law requires multiple record keepers for 403(b), 457 plans

June 10, 2019

A new law in Pennsylvania will require school districts sponsoring certain retirement plans to use at least four service providers, which advisers say runs counter to best practices and will perpetuate an environment of higher record-keeping...

Rollovers and retirement plans: The impact of the SEC's new rules

June 7, 2019

The race is on to help shape the Department of Labor's harmonization with the Securities and Exchange Commission's package of advice rules. The starting gun was fired with the SEC's 3-1 vote on Wednesday to adopt the series of rules that redefine...

Why a lack of diversity may be hurting your 401(k) clients

June 5, 2019

The defining trait of a successful investment committee is the ability to make prudent decisions. The best decisions are typically made as a result of asking critical questions, considering viable alternatives and coming to a consensus on the...

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