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VALIC and Associated Bank were sued recently over their retirement plans, while a long-running case over losses in Valeant Pharmaceuticals stock in DST Systems' plan was settled for a total of $79 million in three separate agreements.
Overall, the retirement savings products bled $6.7 billion, marking the first such instance of negative net sales since Morningstar began tracking them in 1994, the ratings and research firm reported this week.
The majority of U.S. households, even those that save and invest diligently, place the bulk of their investible assets in tax-deferred retirement accounts and bank accounts, while ignoring 'middle liquidity' options, the report published by Hearts & Wallets notes.
The business is complex and competitive, and it is changing rapidly, industry leaders noted at several InvestmentNews events
Pooled employer plans, or PEPs, could dramatically change the 401(k) business, but only if employers decide to adopt them.
That guidance comes years after it was requested by industry groups. The Department of Labor regularly investigates employers for the issue of missing participants, but until now it hadn't provided clear steps on how to remedy the problem.
Boston-based Alpha is a retirement consulting firm with 572 clients and about $2.9 billion in assets.
The Morningstar study examined saving, investing and wealth differences between typical in-office employees and remote workers. The latter tend to be older and more highly compensated, both of which correlate with different investing habits.
Revenue sharing fees ultimately make retirement plans more expensive, and funds that include them are disproportionately favored on plan menus, a recent academic paper found.
Fintech and digital record keeper Vestwell is among about three dozen firms that have registered as pooled plan providers with the DOL, but the firm does not yet have information on pricing and plan design for a potential PEP product.
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