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Lack of transparency is hurting the 401(k) industry

August 14, 2019

During a recent plan sponsor education program, a professional from a major investment provider was advocating for using annuities for retirement income within 401(k) plans even though the money manager was not an annuity provider. A few plan...

The SECURE Act could mean big changes for advisers

August 13, 2019

While it's not surprising that the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is tangled in a political decision-making web, it's reassuring that the conversation about helping Americans save for retirement is still on...

Walgreens hit with $300 million 401(k) lawsuit over target-date funds

August 12, 2019

Walgreen Co. has been hit with a lawsuit alleging its "imprudent" decision to keep certain target-date funds in its 401(k) plan caused employees to lose $300 million in cumulative retirement savings. The lawsuit, brought by 12 current and former...

Cross-selling gaining prominence in retirement-plan lawsuits

August 12, 2019

Cross-selling by record keepers has become a hot-button issue in retirement-plan lawsuits, raising broader awareness and questions around how service providers can use participant data. Consider Johns Hopkins University, which agreed last week...

Plan sponsors, record keepers struggling to measure success of financial wellness programs

August 8, 2019

Record-keepers and retirement plan sponsors are struggling to measure the success of new financial wellness programs, according to a new report from research and consulting firm Cerulli Associates. Financial wellness programs go beyond traditional...

Texas 403(b) law causes adviser concern over investor protection

August 8, 2019

A Texas law taking effect next month is causing concern among some retirement plan advisers who are worried that the legislature has weakened investor protection for public schoolteachers in the state. The law — HB 2820, sponsored by Rep....

Fidelity dogged again by 401(k) quid-pro-quo allegations

August 7, 2019

Fidelity Investments has again been accused of engaging in a quid-pro-quo type relationship with a 401(k) plan sponsor, which allegedly cost employee retirement savers millions of dollars in return for bigger profits. The latest episode involves...

401(k) lawsuits creeping down to smaller plans

August 6, 2019

Lawsuits filed against employers for allowing excessive fees to be charged in their 401(k) plans have, until fairly recently, targeted only the largest entities, those with more than $1 billion in their retirement plans. However, lawsuits filed...

Reducing the number of 401(k) record keeper partners poses a challenge for plan advisers

July 30, 2019

Most retirement plan advisers work with dozens of record keepers because it's easier not to force new clients to change their 401(k) record keeper when the plan adviser is hired. But it's hard for plan advisers to manage working with so many...

Longevity planning will be a central mission for advisers of the future

July 22, 2019

As people live longer, healthier lives, they will need more help managing their money through retirements — which likely will last longer, too. At a recent roundtable discussion hosted by InvestmentNews on the Future of Financial Advice, many...

Scope of protecting participant account information not clear

July 20, 2019

While plan fiduciaries should undoubtedly protect participants' confidential information, the scope of that duty is not entirely clear. By focusing solely on blocking access to participants' account information, plan sponsors may actually increase...

Do data-privacy rules make cross-selling more difficult?

July 20, 2019

Data privacy rules are causing concern that cross-selling retail products and services to 401(k) plan participants may not always be kosher. Brokerage executives attending InvestmentNews' recent Retirement Plan Adviser Broker-Dealer Think Tank...

Convergence of retirement and wealth management is next 'battleground'

July 20, 2019

Brokerage executives and financial advisers see the convergence of wealth management and the retirement business as a major moneymaking opportunity, and are implementing measures to capitalize on it. This convergence, which sees wealth managers...

Dearth of young advisers who can meet participant needs

July 20, 2019

The cliché that problems are just opportunities in disguise is rarely true. But sometimes they can be. And sometimes they can solve really big problems. For example, there are tens of millions of defined contribution participants in need of...

Broker-dealers say they have a leg up on aggregators

July 20, 2019

Aggregator firms are infringing more on broker-dealers' turf when it comes to 401(k) and wealth management clientele, but the additional competition doesn't seem to rattle brokerage executives. In fact, in cases where the two sides compete,...

Challenge or opportunity?

July 20, 2019

Brock Johnson, president, global retirement and workplace solutions, 
Morningstar Investment Management “We have so much more data today. Broker-dealers and advisers in the past might have been trying to provide scalable advice in a way,...

Goldman Sachs has what other 401(k) firms want

July 19, 2019

Goldman Sachs is poised to reap big profits from the 401(k) market. I'm not talking about its traditional asset management business, however — it's in wealth management that the firm could make its biggest mark. To many 401(k) industry executives,...

3 lessons for advisers from 401(k) and 403(b) class-action settlements

July 17, 2019

Retirement plan committees and financial advisers need to pay attention to class-action litigation and settlements to better manage their fiduciary risks. Some of the claims in those lawsuits are obvious; others foreshadow emerging issues that...

Small 401(k) plans lag on important metrics

July 17, 2019

Small 401(k) plans lag their larger counterparts on important metrics such plan participation and automatic enrollment. Small retirement plans — those with less than $20 million — had a plan-weighted participation rate of 72% last year,...

LPL partners with Nationwide on 401(k) training for bank channel advisers

July 12, 2019

LPL Financial has just concluded a pilot program with record keeper Nationwide to train LPL financial advisers in banks and credit unions to do retirement plan business, with the hope of ultimately capturing more small-market 401(k) clients....

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