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Fiduciary duty and the choice between active and passive

March 26, 2019

There is nothing passive about being a fiduciary investment adviser, even when it comes to making decisions about passive investing. The duty of care requires the adviser to proactively exercise the skill, prudence and good judgment of a professional...

Merrill adds to 401(k) fiduciary services

March 25, 2019

Merrill is expanding its roster of fiduciary services available to 401(k) clients, a move that comes amid a broader push by wirehouses and large brokerage firms to change the way they work with smaller retirement plans. Merrill announced Monday...

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...

Levering tech for financial wellness

March 23, 2019

When employees struggle financially, their employers struggle. Recent research on short-haul truck drivers conducted at the University of Pittsburgh shows that when employees' financial stress rises, companies experience a $1.4 million increase...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Lessons for advisers from 401(k) lawsuits

March 5, 2019

Perhaps nothing causes as much anxiety for retirement plan advisers as the potential for a client to be hauled into court to face accusations of fiduciary breaches. Even in the best-case scenario where the plan successfully defends itself, dealing...

4 reasons 401(k) advisers should partner with a benefits broker

March 5, 2019

The employee benefits marketplace continues to evolve, with medical and retirement products continuing to merge. This trend is fantastic for the end consumer. But what is the best way for retirement plan advisers to partner with a benefits broker...

New Jersey poised to create auto-IRA program

February 28, 2019

New Jersey is poised to become the latest state to establish a so-called auto-IRA program to help residents save for retirement. New Jersey's state Assembly passed a bill this week that would create the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program,...

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