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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Marsh & McLennan acquires Centurion, a $16 billion retirement group

April 3, 2019

Centurion Group, an advisory firm overseeing $16 billion in retirement plan assets and 400,000 plan participants, is being acquired by Marsh & McClennan Agency, a subsidiary of the national insurance brokerage Marsh. The deal, terms of which...

California wins auto-IRA lawsuit

April 2, 2019

California's auto-IRA program, CalSavers, survived a legal challenge that sought to nullify the state's new retirement vehicle, and some experts see the decision as a positive indicator for states that have similar programs and those considering...

New annuities starting to address RMDs

April 1, 2019

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America is launching an indexed annuity geared toward clients 70½ and older who don't need the money that the government requires they withdraw each year from retirement accounts in the form of required minimum...

401(k) adviser fees for small plans buck compression trend

March 29, 2019

Small 401(k) plans are proving to be an oasis of sorts for financial advisers even as fees for larger plans are declining rapidly.​ Average advisory fees for a $100 million 401(k) plan decreased by 9% in 2018 from the year prior, according...

Longest-running 401(k) fee lawsuit ends in $55 million settlement

March 29, 2019

Parties in the longest-running 401(k) fee lawsuit have agreed to a $55 million settlement, bringing to near conclusion a 12-year case that's one of the best-known of its kind. The lawsuit, Tussey v. ABB, was among the initial tranche of lawsuits...

Half of Americans approaching retirement have nothing saved

March 27, 2019

The bad news is that almost half of Americans approaching retirement have nothing saved in a 401(k) or other individual account. The good news is that the new estimate, from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is slightly better than...

Why the 4% rule may be irrelevant

March 27, 2019

The 4% retirement withdrawal rule has enjoyed a ubiquitous presence in the world of financial planning ever since William Bengen proposed it in 1994. Mr. Bengen's rule states that individuals should withdraw no more than 4% of their retirement...

What 401(k) record-keeper consolidation means to retirement plan advisers

March 26, 2019

The recent report that Principal Financial is likely buying Wells Fargo's retirement record-keeping division could be a harbinger of massive 401(k) record-keeper consolidation that puts even more assets and participants in the hands of fewer...

Merrill adds to 401(k) fiduciary services

March 25, 2019

Merrill is expanding its roster of fiduciary services available to 401(k) clients, a move that comes amid a broader push by wirehouses and large brokerage firms to change the way they work with smaller retirement plans. Merrill announced Monday...

401(k) managed accounts becoming more diverse

March 21, 2019

Some record keepers of defined-contribution retirement plans are diversifying the managed-account products they offer to employers and their employees in a bid to boost uptake and diversify their revenue streams in an environment of fee compression,...

The U.S. retirement system is far too complex

March 21, 2019

For the past decade, the financial services industry has engaged in a heated debate over the appropriate market conduct standard for investment advice. The debate is ratcheted up a notch in the retirement arena, where the Department of Labor...

Fidelity sued again for 'illegal' 401(k) fees

March 19, 2019

Fidelity Investments has been sued by 401(k) participants from three different retirement plans who allege the firm charged an "illegal and undisclosed" fee to certain business partners, resulting in higher costs and reduced retirement savings...

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