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Are 401(k) plans in danger of not being green enough?

November 15, 2019

As the broad world of investors has embraced a more climate-friendly lens, 401(k) plans have lagged behind. But are 401(k) plan sponsors exposing themselves to legal trouble as a result? A 24-year-old Australian environmental scientist sued...

This rule of thumb about 401(k) investments is wrong

November 13, 2019

For years, the conventional wisdom regarding 401(k) investments was simple: Less is more. In this line of thinking, fewer funds available to 401(k) participants meant less choice, which equated to less confusion around fund selection, less investor...

401(k) advisers choosing to work with fewer asset managers

November 11, 2019

Retirement plan advisers are choosing fewer investment firms to manage their clients' 401(k) assets than they have in the past, which poses a distinct challenge to some asset managers, especially those specializing in active management. According...

The SEC brings its adviser advertising rules into the internet age

November 9, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to revamp its rules governing adviser advertising, and the changes should allow financial advisory firms to make better use of social media. [More:​ SEC promises revised advertising rule soon] The...

Financial wellness? Better off getting back to basics

November 9, 2019

Plan design for 401(k)s is falling short, and record keepers shoulder some of the blame, according to some executives at retirement plan record-keeping and administration firms, who say that record keepers have the means to fix some of the problems....

Blockchain offers benefits to retirement ecosystem

November 9, 2019

America's workplace savings industry is a diverse and complex ecosystem of employee participants, plan sponsors, record keepers, advisers, asset managers, broker-dealers, banks, insurers and multiple government agencies. Information that flows...

IRS raises 2020 401(k) contribution limit to $19,500

November 6, 2019

On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2020 to its limits on contributions to retirement plans. The agency's limit on annual employee contributions to 401(k)s, 403(b)s, most 457 plans and the federal...

Elizabeth Warren health care plan sparks outcry over 401(k) tax hike

November 4, 2019

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren would partially fund her Medicare for All health care proposal — a key part of her campaign platform — through 401(k) savers, sparking a backlash from both industry trade groups and financial advisers....

Goldman Sachs sued for 'unlawful' 401(k) management

October 29, 2019

Goldman Sachs has been sued for the alleged "unlawful" management of its company 401(k) plan related to the plan's use of in-house actively managed mutual funds, which the lawsuit says provided the firm with a financial benefit at the expense...

Closing the retirement savings gap for employers and employees alike

October 24, 2019

In today's low unemployment rate environment, competition for top talent is fierce. So how can businesses owners compete to attract and retain quality talent? And how can financial advisers help them do this? Ultimately, the solution lies in...

Is the 401(k) adviser M&A market about to cool down?

October 23, 2019

Is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? The retirement plan adviser mergers and acquisitions market is on fire, with some deals reaching 12 to 14 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, known...

DOL proposes rule on digital 401(k) disclosures

October 22, 2019

The Department of Labor proposed a rule Tuesday that's meant to encourage more employers to issue retirement plan disclosures electronically to plan participants. The rule would allow sponsors of 401(k)s and other defined-contribution plans...

Morgan Stanley wins 401(k) lawsuit over use of in-house and BlackRock funds

October 10, 2019

Morgan Stanley has won a lawsuit alleging that it included high-cost, underperforming in-house and BlackRock investment funds in its company 401(k) plan, costing its employees millions of dollars in lost retirement savings. Plaintiffs originally...

Bad news for advisers offering financial wellness programs

October 9, 2019

There's bad news for financial advisers offering financial wellness services to employers and their workers: Advisers are at a competitive disadvantage to other vendors, like 401(k) providers and health insurers. That largely stems from positioning...

Captrust strikes again, buys $1.5 billion RIA

October 9, 2019

With the M&A market for registered investment advisers red hot, Captrust Financial Advisors has struck again, announcing Wednesday that it had acquired the financial advisory business of Boston Advisors, a boutique investment management firm....

Why 401(k) advisers should pay attention to Ascensus' TPA buying spree

October 8, 2019

The retirement plan third-party administrator is the definition of a dispersed cottage industry, with over 3,000 practitioners, that seems ripe for consolidation. Many have tried. None have succeeded. But Ascensus' FuturePlan, led by industry...

SEC probing compensation, sales practices in 403(b) plans for school districts

October 8, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be launching a broad investigation of compensation and sales practices in defined-contribution plans for school districts, an atypical move that targets a segment of the market frequently lambasted...

The risks of giving advice to 401(k) participants

October 8, 2019

From time to time, advisers who serve as investment fiduciaries for 401(k) plans ask if they can also provide investment advice to participants. The answer is "Yes, if it's done properly." As that suggests, the devil is in the details. The starting...

Factors to consider before taking a pension buyout

October 7, 2019

General Electric is the latest company to offer a pension buyout to former employees as it tries to shore up its pension plans, which were $27 billion underfunded as of year-end 2018. The company is offering lump-sum payments to 100,000 former...

How advisers can help pre-retirees

October 7, 2019

Recently, I heard the phrase "inattentive households" — a term clearly coined by economists for economists — at a conference from someone discussing pre-retirees' lack of awareness of the typical income and spending changes that come with...

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