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Blockchain will upend the 401(k) market

March 23, 2019

Blockchain technology is poised to completely upend the retirement market and the way 401(k) advisers do business. The technology, while nascent among record keepers of defined-contribution plans, promises to boost cybersecurity, increase efficiency...

Technology is essential component of growth

March 23, 2019

As the defined-contribution practices of financial advisers grow, so do the challenges. But advisers and their staffs are not properly equipped or trained to deal with many of those challenges. They include running a business rather than only...

Cybersecurity poses strain between plan sponsors, record keepers

March 23, 2019

Data security breaches are an unfortunate part of our increasingly digital world. For plan sponsors, this means a responsibility — a fiduciary obligation, some say — to ensure the protection of their employees' personal data. So plan sponsors...

BlackRock pivoting to technology could serve as blueprint for other asset managers

March 23, 2019

The retirement asset management business is feeling the pinch. Fred Barstein, founder and CEO of The Retirement Advisor University, recently pointed out that asset managers are seeing margins shrink. The increasing use of managed accounts and...

401(k) managed accounts becoming more diverse

March 21, 2019

Some record keepers of defined-contribution retirement plans are diversifying the managed-account products they offer to employers and their employees in a bid to boost uptake and diversify their revenue streams in an environment of fee compression,...

The U.S. retirement system is far too complex

March 21, 2019

For the past decade, the financial services industry has engaged in a heated debate over the appropriate market conduct standard for investment advice. The debate is ratcheted up a notch in the retirement arena, where the Department of Labor...

Meet our new retirement columnist

March 20, 2019

Most nights I go to bed thinking about retirement planning. Sometimes I dream about retirement planning. And typically, I wake up thinking about retirement planning. To be honest, I have become a bit obsessed with personal financial planning...

401(k) record keepers competing with advisers on financial wellness

March 19, 2019

Retirement plan advisers increasingly are offering financial wellness services to 401(k) clients to distinguish themselves in a competitive market. There's just one problem: Record keepers are infringing on their turf. Broadly speaking, financial...

Fidelity sued again for 'illegal' 401(k) fees

March 19, 2019

Fidelity Investments has been sued by 401(k) participants from three different retirement plans who allege the firm charged an "illegal and undisclosed" fee to certain business partners, resulting in higher costs and reduced retirement savings...

Choosing between a retroactive lump sum and a bigger monthly Social Security benefit

March 19, 2019

Jim Perry, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Coral Gables, Fla., was surprised to learn that retirees who claim Social Security benefits after their full retirement age are eligible for up to six months of retroactive benefits paid in...

Principal-Wells Fargo retirement deal would be among largest ever

March 18, 2019

There would be a new behemoth among record keepers of defined-contribution plans if Principal Financial Group were to follow through on a reported deal to acquire Wells Fargo & Co.'s retirement-plan unit. The deal — which could fetch more...

Wealth managers ignore 401(k) plans at their peril

March 14, 2019

Many wealth managers and financial planners who never intended to focus on the 401(k) or 403(b) market might nevertheless have a few plans. Most are just accommodating an important client and, at best, view the plan as a distraction. At worst,...

Be sure your clients use nondeductible IRA contributions correctly

March 14, 2019

Back in the day, being a good financial adviser meant building a portfolio that provided investors with a maximum return for the minimum level of risk. Now the role of an adviser has evolved to offering thoughtful advice and guidance on a wide...

Mortgage industry seeks to revive most hated loan in America

March 13, 2019

Professor Chris Mayer has a lesson for homeowners: Reverse mortgages, which let older Americans tap their home equity without selling or moving, aren't as risky as some say. In an online video, he brushes aside "common misconceptions," including...

Brown University settles 403(b) lawsuit for $3.5 million

March 13, 2019

Brown University has reached a $3.5 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging the school mismanaged its retirement plan and cost employees millions of dollars in savings. Around two dozen prominent colleges and universities have been sued since...

Baseball, taxes and retirement destinations

March 11, 2019

My husband is a huge baseball fan. Me, not so much. But I always appreciate it when he forwards articles about his favorite pastime that are relevant to my passion for retirement planning. Case in point: Bryce Harper's decision to sign a record-setting...

When clients work past 70, RMDs are still required — and begrudged

March 8, 2019

When Ron Strobel was an investment adviser in Seattle, many of his clients were Boeing engineers. They loved their jobs and wanted to keep working as long as they could. But when they reached age 70½, they had to take required minimum distributions...

Pairing 401(k) and student loan benefits gains more traction

March 8, 2019

An increasing number of employers are adopting programs that pair 401(k) savings with student loan repayments, as the nation's cascading college debt has some workers deciding between paying off loans or building a retirement nest egg. The Travelers...

The 401(k) 'stretch' match may work in reverse

March 7, 2019

Employers and their retirement plan advisers frequently employ a particular 401(k) feature called a "stretch" match to get their employees to save more money. There's only one problem: New research shows that the technique could actually have...

10 things to know about TDFs

March 6, 2019

Target-date funds are booming, with combined assets in mutual funds and collective investment trust funds approaching $1.8 trillion, according to Sway Research. The average 401(k) plan holds roughly 22% of its assets in TDFs, up from 8% a decade...

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