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Trump administration wants to kill California's auto-IRA program

September 18, 2019

The Trump administration is trying to upend California's auto-IRA program, CalSavers, with the intent of halting an initiative among other states that would force employers to offer employees workplace retirement savings plans. The U.S. Department...

MIT settles class-action suit that snared Fidelity's Abigail Johnson

September 13, 2019

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has reached a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit that alleged a quid pro quo arrangement with Fidelity Investments related to the university's 401(k) program. The agreement comes just days...

Morgan Stanley adding 401(k) participant services to boost wealth business

September 12, 2019

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management is adding more services for 401(k) participants and other workplace clientele as part of a plan to leverage its workplace access to grow its wealth business. The wirehouse brokerage, which has roughly 15,600...

What's driving value in the booming 401(k) adviser M&A market?

September 12, 2019

When asked what drives value for retirement plan practices, Dick Darian, CEO of consulting firm Wise Rhino Group, replied: "Financials, financials, financials." "Like location with real estate, free cash flow or EBITDA has the greatest impact...

Monitoring 401(k) cross-selling may be next frontier for advisers

September 10, 2019

Trends and developments in the 401(k) market often migrate over to 403(b) plans. Examples include automatic enrollment, which is increasingly popular with plan sponsors, and litigation against plan fiduciaries, which is less popular). Sometimes...

Abigail Johnson of Fidelity reaches deal to avoid testifying at 401(k) trial

September 6, 2019

Abigail Johnson, chairman and chief executive of Fidelity Investments, will not have to testify at an upcoming trial regarding the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 401(k) plan, marking a stark de-escalation of tensions that had flared in...

Headwinds to annuities in 401(k) plans persist

September 4, 2019

The uptake of annuities in 401(k) plans has been muted and slow. There are several reasons for this state of affairs, such as administrative and legal challenges, which have withstood the industry's push to change the status quo and many advisers'...

Fidelity, Jerry Schlichter trade barbs over Abigail Johnson testimony in 401(k) lawsuit

August 28, 2019

Fidelity Investments and plaintiff's attorney Jerome Schlichter are engaged in a war of words over the potential for Fidelity chairman and CEO Abigail Johnson to appear and testify at an upcoming trial around 401(k) mismanagement.​ The lawsuit...

Hybrid robo looking to offer financial wellness to retirement plan sponsors

August 28, 2019

Financial advisers promote services like "comprehensive financial planning" and "financial wellness" to differentiate themselves from digital advice startups and justify their fees, but now at least one robo-adviser is looking to do the same....

Robo-advisers are dead. Long live digital advisers

August 27, 2019

"Humans solve human problems." So says Steve Wilbourne, CEO of Questis, a financial wellness fintech provider. Mr. Wilbourne, a former adviser, realized that technology alone will not solve the financial problems of the 90 million defined-contribution...

AI, blockchain should be high priority for record keepers ​

August 26, 2019

The 401(k) system is one of slowest segments of the financial services industry to embrace modern digital technology. While there are technology vendors working on digitizing part of retirement plan advisers' workflow, many record keepers still...

DOL readies proposal for more digital 401(k) disclosures

August 21, 2019

The Department of Labor is close to proposing a rule that would boost digital delivery of employees' 401(k) statements, a prospect that has drawn excitement from the retirement plan industry but concerns investor advocates worried that a shift...

Charles Schwab lawsuit win has big implications for all 401(k) plans

August 21, 2019

Charles Schwab Corp. has won its appeal of a 401(k) lawsuit that could have broad implications for all 401(k) sponsors by reducing the number of employee class action lawsuits. The firm was challenging a 2018 ruling in California district court...

Lack of transparency is hurting the 401(k) industry

August 14, 2019

During a recent plan sponsor education program, a professional from a major investment provider was advocating for using annuities for retirement income within 401(k) plans even though the money manager was not an annuity provider. A few plan...

The SECURE Act could mean big changes for advisers

August 13, 2019

While it's not surprising that the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is tangled in a political decision-making web, it's reassuring that the conversation about helping Americans save for retirement is still on...

Walgreens hit with $300 million 401(k) lawsuit over target-date funds

August 12, 2019

Walgreen Co. has been hit with a lawsuit alleging its "imprudent" decision to keep certain target-date funds in its 401(k) plan caused employees to lose $300 million in cumulative retirement savings. The lawsuit, brought by 12 current and former...

Cross-selling gaining prominence in retirement-plan lawsuits

August 12, 2019

Cross-selling by record keepers has become a hot-button issue in retirement-plan lawsuits, raising broader awareness and questions around how service providers can use participant data. Consider Johns Hopkins University, which agreed last week...

Plan sponsors, record keepers struggling to measure success of financial wellness programs

August 8, 2019

Record-keepers and retirement plan sponsors are struggling to measure the success of new financial wellness programs, according to a new report from research and consulting firm Cerulli Associates. Financial wellness programs go beyond traditional...

Texas 403(b) law causes adviser concern over investor protection

August 8, 2019

A Texas law taking effect next month is causing concern among some retirement plan advisers who are worried that the legislature has weakened investor protection for public schoolteachers in the state. The law — HB 2820, sponsored by Rep....

Fidelity dogged again by 401(k) quid-pro-quo allegations

August 7, 2019

Fidelity Investments has again been accused of engaging in a quid-pro-quo type relationship with a 401(k) plan sponsor, which allegedly cost employee retirement savers millions of dollars in return for bigger profits. The latest episode involves...

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