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Vestwell and BNY Mellon partner on 401(k) plans, auto-IRAs

December 5, 2018

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. and robo-adviser Vestwell Holdings Inc. have inked a deal to partner on workplace retirement programs such as 401(k) plans and auto-IRAs. Under the partnership, Vestwell will serve as the technology backbone underpinning...

BB&T settles 401(k) lawsuit for $24 million

December 4, 2018

Branch Banking and Trust Co. will pay $24 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it profited from its 401(k) plan at the expense of its employees, one of the largest settlements to date reached by a financial firm involved in such litigation....

Plan advisers should offer what 401(k) sponsors really want

December 1, 2018

As outlined in my recent column, "Here's how the 401(k) world will evolve over the next three years," the adviser-sold 401(k) and 403(b) markets will experience rapid change in the next three to five years. So what are the key drivers, and how...

DOL set to give 401(k) advisers' businesses a boost

December 1, 2018

The Department of Labor is expanding what retirement plan advisers can offer small-business clients courtesy of new rules the agency proposed around multiple-employer plans. Although the regulations are narrower than some industry members had...

5 steps to an effective financial wellness program

December 1, 2018

Typical Americans get the vast majority of their financial needs taken care of at work. Think about it. They get their income, health, dental, vision, life and disability insurances; health savings accounts; medical and dependent-care flex plans;...

Investor confusion about target-date funds is alarming

December 1, 2018

Considering the immense popularity of target-date funds among participants in defined-contribution plans, it's important to understand why participants are picking these funds and what they understand about them. Do participants actually know...

Annuity and mutual fund interests at odds over 401(k) disclosures

November 29, 2018

A fight is breaking out over retirement legislation that the U.S. Congress is trying to jam through before year's end, pitting insurance and mutual fund groups, as well as large 401(k) providers, against each other. The rancor concerns just...

Large broker-dealers expand how they work with small 401(k) plans

November 28, 2018

Large brokerage firms are giving more attention to how their financial advisers do business with small 401(k) plans. Firms such as UBS Wealth Management Americas, Raymond James, LPL Financial, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch...

Congress tries to jam through retirement legislation by year-end

November 27, 2018

Congress is making one final push to get retirement legislation passed by the end of the year, with provisions promoting more 401(k) plan formation and greater use of annuities hanging in the balance. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways...

Waddell & Reed settles 401(k) lawsuit for $4.9 million

November 21, 2018

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. is settling a lawsuit that alleges it loaded its company 401(k) plan with costly in-house investments by agreeing to pay nearly $5 million. The class-action lawsuit claimed the asset manager breached its fiduciary...

HUB International in talks to buy Sheridan Road, a $14 billion hybrid retirement plan group

November 16, 2018

Sheridan Road Financial, an advisory firm overseeing about $14 billion in retirement plan assets, is in talks to be acquired by insurance brokerage Hub International, according to two sources with knowledge of the discussions. The deal hasn't...

Vanguard rolls out HSAs for 401(k) participants

November 15, 2018

Vanguard Group will start offering health savings accounts to its defined-contribution-plan clients, the retirement-plan record keeper and asset manager announced Thursday, capitalizing on the increased popularity of HSAs. Vanguard, the largest...

DOL proposes rule to reduce leakage in 401(k) plans

November 8, 2018

The Department of Labor proposed a rule late Wednesday that's meant to stanch the flow of money out of 401(k) plans, an issue that has long troubled retirement policymakers. The Labor Department's proposal promotes the idea of "auto-portability,"...

Wells Fargo considering sale of retirement-plan unit

November 8, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. is considering the sale of its retirement-plan services business, according to people familiar with the matter. The unit could fetch as much as $1 billion, said one person, who asked to not be identified because the matter...

Millennials are a growth engine for 401(k) advisers

November 7, 2018

If only millennials had more money, they would be at the top of every investment adviser's list of target markets. Today, millennials (born from 1982 to 2000 and numbering 83 million in the U.S.) comprise one-quarter of the U.S. population and...

Following the money is getting harder for 401(k) plan advisers and sponsors

November 7, 2018

It's interesting that transparency and the seemingly unquenchable desire for lower fees among 401(k) and 403(b) plan sponsors have driven some providers to find new ways to fund their services. But the consequences of these actions could fuel...

Are 401(k) advisers operating like Amazon?

November 7, 2018

Most retirement plan advisers don't have the competitive advantage that they think they do. While the competitive advantage of those who specialize in retirement plans versus those who do one-off plans has gotten wider, the gap among specialists...

Employees can now save in a 401(k) by using a credit card

November 7, 2018

Spending and saving are kind of like oil and water — they don't mix well together. But one company is trying to link credit-card spending to increased retirement savings, and financial advisers are taking notice. Earlier this year, EvoShare...

Jackson National to settle 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit for $4.5 million

November 5, 2018

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. has reached a $4.5 million settlement in a self-dealing lawsuit that alleged the company profited at the expense of its employees by adding high-cost proprietary investment funds to its 401(k) plan. The settlement...

Advisers carve wealth management unit out of $16 billion asset manager

October 30, 2018

The wealth management ranks inside Madison Investment Advisors have gotten a little thinner after veteran advisers Walter Dewey and Benjamin Dickey spun off last week, along with $400 million in client assets, to launch their own firm, Resonant...

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