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DOL fiduciary rule won't help some 403(b) retirement plans

October 21, 2016

Through its fiduciary rule, the Department of Labor is attempting to rein in conflicted investment advice and reduce costs for retirement savers. However, there's a corner of the retirement market plagued by the sort of high fees and sales practices...

Stars aligning for use of annuities in 401(k) plans

October 19, 2016

In recent years, policymakers have increasingly paid attention to annuities as one way to help investors solve the retirement puzzle. A recently released government report reviews the current barriers to annuities on the 401(k) plan menu and...

Divorce might be the worst financial plan of all

October 19, 2016

Divorce can crush just about any retirement savings strategy. And women generally suffer more than men. The later a woman divorces, the more likely she is to be working late in life. The road to real riches often begins in Congress, where the...

DOL fiduciary rule will trim 401(k) advisers' stable of record keepers, asset managers: study

October 13, 2016

Advisers to defined contribution plans will likely trim the number of record-keeping firms and asset managers they regularly use for DC business because of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule, mainly with an eye to cutting costs, according...

Wells Fargo embroiled in 401(k) lawsuit over cross-selling scandal

October 12, 2016

Wells Fargo & Co.'s legal troubles are mounting following revelations of the bank's recent cross-selling scandal last month. A participant in the Wells Fargo 401(k) plan has sued the company over a “material drop” in its stock price following...

Alternative investments have made little headway in getting on retirement plan menus

October 9, 2016

A more than doubling of the U.S. stock market since the 2008 financial crisis has presented a persistent hurdle for most proponents of alternative investment strategies, but it has yet to derail their efforts. A raging bull market is probably...

Sponsor of small 401(k) sued for losses tied to large 'patent troll' investment

October 4, 2016

A new 401(k) lawsuit against a small retirement plan demonstrates the kind of trouble plan sponsors can find themselves in when they try to go it alone. A Florida-based business and its owner were sued last Friday for actions taken in the company's...

Outsourced 401(k) fiduciary services emerge after DOL rule

October 3, 2016

With the Labor Department's fiduciary rule upping the ante for many 401(k) advisers and their broker-dealers, providers from around the retirement market are looking at ways to defray fiduciary responsibility, and in some cases, possibly replace...

Grappling with retirement health costs

September 25, 2016

It is fairly well-known that Americans are living longer and that medical costs are climbing. How advisers are dealing with these two trends is less clear. There is a good reason why, in the opening paragraph of his cover story last week, InvestmentNews...

Advisers face big challenges in helping clients prepare for health-care costs in retirement

September 18, 2016

Health-care costs are the great unknown of retirement. Not only are health expenses rising quickly overall, but medical needs and conditions vary dramatically from person to person. There are several moving parts, from combinations of different...

Voya targeted in 401(k) fee suit hinging on relationship with Financial Engines

September 14, 2016

Voya Financial Inc. has been targeted for self-dealing in a new 401(k) lawsuit centering on the provider's relationship with managed-account provider Financial Engines Inc. A participant in the Nestle 401(k) Savings Plan, for which Voya serves...

Empower evolving 401(k) defaults with TDF-managed account hybrid

September 13, 2016

Empower Retirement, a unit of Great-West Financial, is developing a new type of default investment for 401(k) plans that fuses target-date funds and managed accounts to try improving on what some see as a shortcoming in how TDFs are structured....

Government Accountability Office pushes DOL to update 401(k) annuity rules

September 12, 2016

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Labor Department update rules around the offering of annuities in 401(k) plans, in hopes of spurring greater uptake of lifetime income options among participants. In a new report, the...

DOL fiduciary rule could cause half of potential IRA rollover assets to stay put: Report

September 8, 2016

Advisory firms banking on attracting loads of new assets from baby boomers rolling over 401(k) plans into individual retirement accounts may need to come up with a new plan for boosting AUM. The new Labor Department rule mandating that retirement...

What the US gets wrong about lifetime income

September 6, 2016

The U.S. is a leader in many respects among world powers, but you won't find lifetime income on any list of reasons why. In fact, when it comes to public policy around lifetime income, or the concept of helping retirees tap retirement assets...

Chevron 401(k) suit dismissal seen as 'big loss' for plaintiffs' bar

September 2, 2016

The recent dismissal of an excessive-fee lawsuit against fiduciaries of Chevron Corp.'s 401(k) plan is a significant defeat for plaintiffs' attorneys and a rebuke to several recurring arguments they've made in such litigation, according to fiduciary...

DOL issues final rule to help states establish workplace retirement savings programs

August 25, 2016

The Department of Labor released a final regulation Thursday that will make it easier for states to establish their own workplace retirement savings programs. Introduced last November, the rule clarifies that state plans would not be subject...

Charles Schwab fires latest salvo in low-cost TDF war

August 25, 2016

Charles Schwab Corp. has upped the ante in the push to be the lowest-cost provider of target-date retirement funds, launching a new series of target-dated mutual funds on Thursday that edge out Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments to claim...

California poised to pass state retirement savings law

August 23, 2016

California lawmakers are poised to vote any day on a bill that would greatly expand access to workplace retirement plans among small businesses, a measure that has drawn both praise for helping address a perceived savings shortfall and ire from...

Edward Jones faces proposed class action lawsuit over excessive 401(k) fees

August 22, 2016

Edward Jones is being sued by a participant in the company's 401(k) plan for allegedly causing employees to pay high fees for investment management and record-keeping services that supposedly cost them millions in retirement savings. Many of...

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