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Creator of 401(k) Offers Blunt Advice for Plan Advisors and Sponsors

October 20, 2016

In this interview with 401(k) creator Ted Benna, he gives his no-holds-barred opinions on the topics affecting financial advisors and plan sponsors today.

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Fiduciary Rule May Affect 401(k) Rollovers

September 21, 2016

In March 2016, just one month before the Department of Labor’s (DOL) issuance of the new Fiduciary Rule, Fidelity Research released a report that showed a whopping 73 percent of financial advisors were concerned the Rule would negatively affect their business. And it appears their worries were justified. Here's why.

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Stable Value Funds: Everything Old is New Again

September 19, 2016

Despite being in existence for 40+ years, the stable value fund (SVF) is once again the popular kid on the 401(k) investment block. Thanks to rising interest rates, the funds are increasingly viewed as the low-risk darling of 401(k) plans.

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Expert: Fiduciary Rule Will Have Widespread Effect on Advisor Business

August 09, 2016

As executive chairman of fi360, Blaine Aikin has become a standard bearer for the fiduciary movement and the Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. Aikin and fi360 watched the rule’s development closely and were part of the financial community that provided comments and recommendations to the DOL from the first drafting stages. Here's how Aikin feels the rule will affect financial advisors.

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New World Order: How Advisors Prepare for the Final Fiduciary Rule

July 07, 2016

After months (some would say years) of speculation, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final iteration of the fiduciary rule, which aims to ensure clients’ financial needs are put first. The changes may present an opportunity for financial advisors who fully understand the rule.

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A Taste of ERISA Fiduciary Responsibilities for Financial Advisors

June 03, 2016

This infographic uses a food preparation metaphor to make it easier to understand the difference between the different types of ERISA fiduciaries.

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401(k) Fiduciary Responsibility: Tibble v. Edison International

May 09, 2016

Last year, a much-watched legal case on the U.S. Supreme Court docket pitted employees versus employer while questioning the timeline for 401(k) fiduciary responsibility.

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Small-Market 401(k)s Mean Big Opportunity for Retirement Plan Advisors

March 09, 2016

While retirement plan advisors often focus on high-net-worth accounts, competition for these clients is more intense than ever. The result? Small-market 401(k)s are becoming an increasingly solid source of business.

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Top 5 401(k) Plan Violations Caught by Auditors

January 05, 2016

In this highly regulated environment, even the best-intentioned plan sponsors can inadvertently get tripped up. Avoid these common mistakes plan sponsors make that catch the attention of government agencies.

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Reporting for Duty: What the Tibble Ruling Means for Retirement Plan Advisors

June 09, 2015

The Supreme Court’s May 2015 decision on Tibble v. Edison has major implications for retirement plan advisors, despite the fact that it was, essentially, simply a procedural ruling.

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The Target Date Fund Trend: A Low-Maintenance Strategy

October 17, 2016

Mutual fund-based target date fund (TDF) assets climbed to a record $790 billion in Q1 2016 (up $27 billion since January), with TDFs in defined contribution plans accounting for nearly 68 percent of that amount. Are target date funds a clear 401(k) choice for advisors and participants?

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How Advisors Can Give Plans Sponsors What They Want

July 13, 2016

What does a plan sponsor want from an advisor? MassMutual Financial Group released a report designed to help “retirement plan advisors succeed by identifying what motivates plan sponsors to work with a plan advisor.” Here's what they found.

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Why Retirement Benefits Are Critical To Closing Talent Gaps

October 23, 2015

If your business is struggling to attract and retain top performers, adding retirement benefits or upgrading existing benefits could be the key to closing your company’s talent gap.

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Myths Surrounding 401(k) Limits

July 06, 2015

There are several popular myths around the benefits and affordability of an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. Make sure you’re getting all the facts before making this important decision.

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8 Reasons to Integrate Payroll with 401(k) Administration

April 27, 2015

Integrating your existing payroll data with the management of your company’s 401(k) plan can help offset the administrative burdens that sometimes go along with offering this valuable benefit.

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