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Empower unveils free 401(k) diagnostic tool

January 25, 2018

Empower Retirement, one of the largest providers of defined contribution plans, is trying to court retirement plan advisers with a new plan diagnostic tool that's free for advisers, whether or not they use Empower as a record keeper. The launch...

How new leadership at DOL could address retirement rules

January 25, 2018

By all accounts, the administration of Donald J. Trump is slashing regulations across government. However, there are some exceptions to the rule, and a less ambitious deregulatory regime seems likely under new leadership at the Department of...

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...

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)...

How advisers can manage IRA rollover risk under the DOL fiduciary rule

January 19, 2018

Advisers need to examine their practices for IRA rollovers in the new fiduciary environment created by the Department of Labor's conflict-of-interest rule. As background, there are three ways an adviser can help a participant with a rollover....

Why raising fee awareness matters for 401(k) advisers

January 18, 2018

A keystone behavior is one that positively influences other behaviors and generates collateral benefits. For retirement plan advisers who want to positively impact the success of their plan clients and participants, this means focusing on raising...

Lawsuits push 401(k) plan sponsors to cut fees

January 18, 2018

Employers are moving to reduce their 401(k) plan costs in greater numbers, largely in an attempt to avoid the fate of peers who've been sued for allegedly excessive fees in their defined-contribution plans, new research suggests. "[Fee pressure]...

Why 401(k) advisers should be aware of contractual language limitations

January 18, 2018

As counsel for investment managers and investment advisers, we endeavor to draft documents precisely, making clear the obligations of our clients and seeking to limit their exposures to the extent permissible by the Employee Retirement Income...

New Year's resolutions for 401(k) advisers

January 17, 2018

Opportunities for retirement plan advisers have never been greater. But so are the challenges. The stakes are high, given the lack of retirement plan coverage for half of America's workforce and the fact that most workers are woefully unprepared...

In rare move, investment adviser named as defendant in NYU retirement plan case

January 16, 2018

In an unusual turn of events, the investment adviser to New York University's retirement plan has been named as a co-defendant in litigation attacking the plan's allegedly excessive fees. Plaintiffs contend the adviser, Cammack LaRhette Advisors,...

Qualified Plan Advisors acquires $4 billion retirement shop

January 9, 2018

Qualified Plan Advisors, an Overland Park, Kan.-based firm focused on defined-contribution plans, has acquired an advisory group overseeing roughly $4 billion in retirement assets, furthering the consolidation trend that's gripped the retirement...

Tax law's pass-through provision could harm 401(k) plans

January 5, 2018

The new tax law's provision on pass-through businesses is proving to be one of the most challenging to dissect, and it's one that some retirement pundits are eyeing with concern. Some industry groups, such as the American Retirement Association,...

Allianz agrees to settle 401(k) fee lawsuit for $12 million

January 2, 2018

Allianz has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it peppered its company 401(k) plan with dozens of high-cost, in-house funds. Participants in the 401(k) plan originally brought the suit, Urakhchin v. Allianz Asset Management...

4 questions to ask before doing a 401(k) plan re-enrollment

December 22, 2017

Having a process to help plan sponsors with 401(k) plan re-enrollments is becoming table stakes for retirement plan advisers. Employers do re-enrollments to make sure plan participants have appropriate asset allocations and savings rates. During...

2018 predictions for 401(k) advisers, distributors and record keepers

December 20, 2017

As we approach the end of 2017 and enter 2018, the adviser-sold 401(k) market begins its next phase of development. No longer an awkward, energetic teenager, the market is entering early adulthood, bringing with it heightened responsibilities,...

Pension transfers in vogue as expense grows, and companies shift to 401(k) plans

December 5, 2017

Employers are increasingly offloading their pension obligations as plan expenses increase, economic conditions improve and companies continue a pronounced shift toward 401(k) plans. A pension buyout — not to be confused with a lump sum payout...

Unions could be 'next frontier' for retirement plan litigation

December 1, 2017

Defined contribution plans for labor unions appear to be the newest target of retirement plan litigation, following the filing of a lawsuit that legal experts say is likely the first to attack a union for excessive fees. The lawsuit, Ybarra...

New RIA aggregator enters 401(k) market

November 30, 2017

Hub International is a neophyte among so-called RIA aggregators focused on the retirement plan market, but it's making a grand entrance that signals competitive heft and further hints at a growing consolidation trend among plan advisers. Aggregators...

Morningstar: Small-employer retirement plans need legislative fixes

November 29, 2017

Two fixes would go a long way toward solving the problems entrenched in the small-retirement-plan market, namely high costs and a wide coverage gap, according to a new policy paper issued by Morningstar. Those tweaks—adopting legislation 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...

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