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Wall Street can't derail the move to lower fees

January 30, 2018

The Vanguard Group is bringing down the cost of investing and there's nothing Wall Street can do about it despite its best efforts. Some financial firms are making it more expensive — and in some cases impossible—for their clients to buy...

Fidelity pushes Vanguard to compete on brand in 401(k) plans

January 24, 2018

Fidelity Investments' move to impose an additional fee on Vanguard Group assets is going to test plan sponsors' loyalty to the index-fund giant, according to retirement plan advisers, as employers are forced to choose between sticking with a...

Shrinking cash balances provide latest evidence of investor euphoria

January 24, 2018

There's nothing quite like record highs in the stock market combined with historic lows in interest rates to get investors off the sidelines, and that's exactly what the major custodians are seeing these days. During Tuesday morning's earnings...

Betterment beefs up 401(k) advisory board with ex-Vanguard expert

January 23, 2018

Betterment is beefing up its 401(k) business' advisory board, a sign that the robo-adviser could be preparing to make a more aggressive play into the retirement plan provider market. The Betterment for Business board is adding Barbara Fallon-Walsh...

House panel backs bill to scrap floating prices for money funds

January 22, 2018

The House Financial Services Committee has advanced a bill that would eliminate some of the strictures placed on the $2.8 trillion money market mutual fund industry in the wake of the financial crisis. The legislation, which was opposed by Fidelity...

Fidelity charging new fee on Vanguard assets held in 401(k) plans

January 22, 2018

Fidelity Investments, the largest record keeper of assets held in defined-contribution plans, has begun charging employers a fee on 401(k) assets held in Vanguard Group investment funds. Starting this year, Fidelity will charge all new 401(k)...

Fiduciary rule every bit as necessary for brokers, according to report

January 16, 2018

For those who think a fiduciary-type rule is unnecessary, think again. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that "advisers at some of the biggest discount brokerage firms make more money if they steer clients toward more-expensive products."...

CapitalRock expands its fiduciary analyzer

January 10, 2018

One company is hoping technology will make it easier for advisers to determine if a retirement plan rollover meets the fiduciary standard. CapitalRock is expanding the functionality of its RightBRIDGE Product Profiler, which analyzes 401(k)...

Growth of HSAs opens new market for financial advisers

January 8, 2018

The increasing popularity of health savings accounts is creating a new avenue for financial advisers to add value, while also adding assets under management. Health savings accounts hold nearly $45 billion​ nationwide, having grown from less...

RIAs must move beyond investments to justify fees

January 2, 2018

A steady drumbeat of fee pressure has some financial advisers rethinking and repositioning their message to underscore their value to clients. "I think this conversation can be pretty straightforward if you approach it with transparency in mind,"...

Outlook 2018: Fund companies weigh in

December 21, 2017

2017 will go down in history as a very good year for stock investors. The S&P 500 index soared 21%, including reinvested dividends, and the MSCI EAFE international index jumped 22%. Even bonds eked out some gains, despite an increasingly hawkish...

Investment firms race to master financial tech before potential super rivals

December 13, 2017

"Alexa ...will I meet my retirement goal?" "You are not on track to meet your retirement goal," replies Amazon.com Inc.'s voice-activated digital assistant, with not a bit of sugar-coating. Then she suggests turning over $76 a month to Fidelity...

David Bach wants to turn RIAs into 'local celebrities'

December 13, 2017

Can aggressive marketing be the foundation of a financial advisory firm's growth strategy? David Bach believes it can, and he's marketing his own firm to prove it. Mr. Bach, co-founder of AE Wealth Management, thinks too many smaller advisory...

Wentworth buys Purshe Kaplan Sterling

December 5, 2017

Independent broker-dealer mergers and acquisitions continue to heat up as a buyer of wealth management businesses, Wentworth Management Services, said on Tuesday afternoon it acquired Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, a boutique firm that...

401(k) managed account push rife with conflicts of interest

November 28, 2017

Record keepers are looking to managed accounts to be their next 401(k) cash cow, but the way some firms are promoting the products to investors is rife with conflicts. Several providers, including Nationwide, Voya Financial and ICMA-RC, offer...

Do specialized retirement plan advisers even need a broker-dealer?

November 22, 2017

Financial advisers who specialize in the retirement plan market may find themselves considering a break from their broker-dealer. The past several years have seen 401(k) specialists, similar to wealth managers in the retail market, migrate toward...

Wells Fargo sees big TDF outflows from mutual funds

November 20, 2017

Target-date funds are on track for a near-record year, but Wells Fargo & Co. doesn't seem to be participating in the boom. TDFs have catapulted to popularity over the past decade as 401(k) plan sponsors' preferred default investment, and flows...

Head of Merrill Lynch's adviser-sold 401(k) sales to depart

November 10, 2017

Joe Mrozek, head of small- and middle-market 401(k) sales at Merrill Lynch, is leaving the firm, a spokeswoman has confirmed. Mr. Mrozek, whose official title is head of small-mid market business development and adviser programs, has taken a...

Smart data can improve behavior, outcomes for retirement savers

November 9, 2017

We have all heard of big data, which the defined contribution industry has not leveraged sufficiently and has gotten a black eye for it. At a recent industry conference, I heard Tina Wilson, senior vice president at MassMutual, mention a new...

Women at Fidelity describe culture of bias, revenge

November 3, 2017

The trouble for Erika Wesson at Fidelity Investments began with an anonymous email. "Maybe you can go out there and do another deal where you lose millions. Stupid Bitch!" a copy of the 2008 message reads. Wesson was then a Fidelity analyst...

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