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RIAs could be ultimate winners if DOL fiduciary rule is repealed or delayed

January 11, 2017

As potential delays and road blocks pile up in front the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, an irony is emerging in that the strongest supporters of the rule could benefit the most from the rule's demise. Independent registered investment...

Why retirement plan advisers should care about the HSA market

January 11, 2017

Why should retirement plan advisers care about health savings accounts? The short answer: The HSA market is growing and there is a void in education and advice, which retirement plan advisers are perfectly positioned to fill. The money in HSAs...

State auto-IRA programs could be a boon for 401(k) advisers

January 9, 2017

State retirement programs like the ones being established in California and Maryland may, at first blush, seem to pose competition for 401(k) advisers. After all, the programs would seemingly take away potential client prospects. Aside from...

J.C. Penney agrees to pay $4.5 million to settle 401(k) suit

January 6, 2017

Department-store chain J.C. Penney is poised to pay $4.5 million to settle allegations over company stock in the firm's 401(k) plan, following a district court judge's preliminary approval of the settlement. Participants in the company's 401(k)...

Americans steadily boosting 401(k) deferral rates

January 5, 2017

Saving for retirement requires making sacrifices now so your future self can afford to stop working later. Someday. Maybe. It's not news that Americans aren't saving enough. The typical baby boomer, whose generation is just starting to retire,...

Prudential, Captrust win 401(k) fiduciary breach lawsuit

January 4, 2017

Prudential Financial and CAPTRUST Financial Advisors have defeated allegations of fiduciary breach in a 401(k) lawsuit against the two companies and the employer sponsoring the retirement plan. Connecticut district court judge Victor A. Bolden...

Outlook for 2017 retirement plan litigation

January 3, 2017

2016 saw an uptick in litigation targeting retirement plan fiduciaries, and 2017 will see more of the same, plus the resolution of the definition of a church plan with respect to organizations affiliated with churches, and more cases involving...

Obama administration shows more support for annuities in 401(k) plans

January 3, 2017

In its most recent show of support for lifetime income products in defined-contribution plans, the Obama administration has said it may be “prudent” in particular circumstances to default participants into target date funds that bundle in...

How 401(k) advisers can make financial wellness programs more effective

December 28, 2016

Financial wellness has become a buzzy topic in the realm of defined contribution plans. Employer interest in improving their employees' financial well-being is growing. And with retirement savings inevitably bound to an employee's finances,...

Raymond James scores a duo from Wells Fargo Advisors

December 28, 2016

Raymond James & Associates has recruited a Westport, Conn.,-based advisory duo from Wells Fargo Advisors. Lynn Grossman and her business partner, Brian Vieira, managed more than $230 million at Wells Fargo and will now be working under the leadership...

Hotel chain targeted in 401(k) fee lawsuit alleging $29 million in damages

December 21, 2016

The Starwood hotel chain is the most recent target in litigation alleging excessive 401(k) fees, with former employees claiming that high investment-management and record-keeping costs caused retirement-plan participants "well in excess of $25...

DOL issues final rule on city retirement programs

December 19, 2016

The Department of Labor today issued final rules governing retirement programs established by large cities and counties, in the most recent effort by the Obama administration to help plug the retirement coverage gap. The regulation, which will...

Natixis launching 401(k) market's first ESG-focused target-date mutual funds

December 16, 2016

Natixis Global Asset Management is seeking to be the first asset manager to launch target-date mutual funds focusing on environmental, social and corporate governance causes, hoping to capitalize on broader momentum for ESG investing and recent...

DOL fiduciary rule delay likely and death not out of the question

December 16, 2016

Post-election, the fate of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is in question. Confusion and speculation about how, when and if the rule will move forward threaten to distract firms from planning and preparing for its scheduled implementation...

Three ways 401(k) advisers can demonstrate their value to clients

December 9, 2016

If you're a financial adviser with a narrow focus on retirement plans, you're a rare breed — sort of like the spotted Jaguar shark from the movie “The Life Aquatic.” This breed of advisers needs to get serious about how clients will judge...

Congress reignites debate over lifetime income disclosures in 401(k) plans

December 7, 2016

The Labor Department may be abandoning its regulatory project around lifetime income disclosures, but Congress isn't letting it die. In October, Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis Borzi said the department wouldn't be able to issue rules concerning...

Target-date fund managers evolve to capture burgeoning 401(k) market

December 5, 2016

For providers of target-date funds, it's no longer enough to be a one-trick pony. Over the last several years, TDF managers have engaged in a marketing bonanza of new products to stand out in an increasingly competitive — and lucrative —...

Time for 401(k) plans to step into the modern age

December 4, 2016

The world of work has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, but some of our laws and customs have not kept up with these changes. The result can be harmful for workers who are relying on employer 401(k) savings plans to fund their retirement....

Why it would be a mistake for advisers to stop implementing the DOL fiduciary rule

December 1, 2016

After Donald Trump's election victory, many are wondering what to expect with respect to the Department of Labor's recently adopted fiduciary rule, which governs investment advice related to retirement plan assets. It is no secret that Mr. Trump...

The potential downside of automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans

December 1, 2016

Automatic enrollment has become a staple of 401(k) best practices over the past decade, touted as a way to boost important metrics such as plan participation and savings rates among employees. Adoption has more than doubled since 2006, when...

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