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Fidelity sales tactics called out in settlement of retirement plan lawsuit

April 23, 2019

The marketing and sales tactics Fidelity Investments uses with retirement savers were called out in a lawsuit involving alleged retirement-plan mismanagement by Vanderbilt University, bringing into focus the ongoing and seemingly increasing...

The drawback of Richard Thaler's 401(k)-Social Security idea? Social Security itself

April 22, 2019

Nobel laureate Richard Thaler's idea to increase retirees' Social Security payments by using a portion of their 401(k) accounts is drawing criticism from some corners of the financial-advice industry, primarily due to the current less-than-stellar...

After losing billions in assets, giant hybrid RIA set to open broker-dealer

April 11, 2019

On the verge of opening a new broker-dealer, William Hamm over the past year has seen billions of dollars in assets and hundreds of reps and advisers walk out the door of his firm, Independent Financial Partners, a hybrid RIA. A year ago, InvestmentNews​...

401(k) advisers are battling on multiple fronts

April 15, 2019

Advisers specializing in the retirement-plan business are engaged in battle on multiple fronts — and none of the conflicts have easy answers. Fifteen years ago, when a majority of retail 401(k) plans were sold direct — not through intermediaries...

Another 401(k) plan sues Fidelity over 'kickbacks'

April 8, 2019

A participant in the Publicis 401(k) retirement plan has filed a class-action lawsuit against Fidelity Investments, charging that the record keeper received kickbacks from other fund companies whose funds are offered in the program. The suit,...

401(k) advisers may be this type of fiduciary — and not know it

April 8, 2019

Retirement plan advisers often act as investment fiduciaries for 401(k) clients, helping plan sponsors select and monitor funds to offer their employees. However, such actors also have fiduciary responsibility concerning the digital operation...

Richard Thaler wants to use 401(k)s to boost Social Security payments

April 18, 2019

Nobel laureate Richard Thaler wants to mesh 401(k) plans with Social Security benefits to help Americans simplify what is perhaps their most daunting and complex financial issue: drawing down retirement assets. Mr. Thaler, who won the Nobel...

Fidelity wants to own the workplace — and beyond

April 12, 2019

Fidelity Investments is taking control of the workplace. Need a retirement plan for employees? Fidelity has that. Want to offer a student loan benefit? Roger that. How about payroll services? You got it. Health savings accounts, charitable giving...

401(k) lawsuit over Vanguard fees ends with $23.7 million settlement

April 10, 2019

Health insurer Anthem Inc., sued by employees who claimed its 401(k) retirement plan had excessive fees even though its provider was the Vanguard Group, has settled the case for $23.7 million. The lawsuit was originally filed in December 2015...

Congress, states poised to upend retirement policy

April 8, 2019

Congressional and state politicians are poised to re-engineer the country's retirement system in ways that could have drastic effects on plan advisers and their clients by requiring employers to offer a workplace retirement plan or by instituting...

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...

Principal to buy Wells Fargo retirement unit for $1.2 billion

April 9, 2019

Principal Financial Group Inc. agreed to buy Wells Fargo & Co.'s retirement plan services unit for $1.2 billion as the bank streamlines operations in the wake of scandals. The business, which has $827 billion in assets under administration,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Principal-Wells Fargo retirement deal hints at fee compression

April 11, 2019

The blockbuster deal inked by Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo & Co. earlier this week provides a glimpse into the economics prevailing in the defined-contribution-plan record-keeping business. Specifically, the deal's $1.2 billion...

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...

Cerity Partners buys Blue Prairie Group to create $21 billion advisory firm

April 2, 2019

New York-based wealth manager Cerity Partners is taking a big step into the retirement plan space with the acquisition of Blue Prairie Group, which oversees $11 billion in retirement plan assets. The combined company, which will operate as Cerity...

Kestra loses $11 billion retirement group to LPL

April 4, 2019

Strategic Retirement Partners, an advisory firm with $11 billion in retirement plan assets, has joined GRP Financial, the largest retirement-plan-focused hybrid RIA that uses LPL Financial as its broker-dealer. Strategic Retirement Partners,...

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