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Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

By Nevin Adams10/30/2014 • 0 Comments

A new CareerBuilder survey indicates that over the past year, 28% of employees have called in to work sick when they were feeling well. While that’s down from 32% last year, some of the reasons the respondents gave defy belief. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Fiduciary Plan Advisors at HighTower has added two former T. Rowe Price retirement plan execs to its management team. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

Plans interested in providing lifetime income alternatives via target-date funds that include deferred annuities just got some much-needed clarity from the IRS. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reissued its preliminary report on Individual Retirement Account (IRA) accumulations. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

Several months back we acquired an aquarium, and I looked forward to filling it up with all kinds and sizes of exotic fish – only to be disappointed to find out that our tank would only support a handful of the fish I had hoped to display. The reason; they need room to thrive and grow. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

With more and more defined benefit plan sponsors exploring — and undertaking — pension de-risking, a pair of leading U.S. senators have asked regulators to establish some guidelines to ensure that those covered by those programs are protected. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

There were some mixed messages in a new survey about retirement savings. The headlines were (as usual) all about retirement non-saving: the 34% reportedly not currently contributing anything to a 401(k), an IRA or other retirement savings vehicle, according to the fifth annual Wells Fargo Middle-Class Retirement study.  

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By Nevin Adams10/22/2014 • 0 Comments

A new study finds that more retirees are receiving retirement income from private-sector retirement plans than in 1975, the year after ERISA came into being. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams10/18/2014 • 0 Comments

As you may have heard (but may not), this is National Save for Retirement Week. Of course, there’s no “magic” to a week dedicated to a focus on saving for retirement — even one that Congress has seen fit to acknowledge with a resolution.

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By Nevin Adams10/11/2014 • 1 Comments

You don’t have to be very old to remember that just prior to the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, several performance-lagging TDF managers made what seemed, at least in hindsight, to be a badly timed equity shift in their portfolios. Is history about to repeat itself?

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By Nevin Adams10/10/2014 • 1 Comments

As you head out on your next road trip — or that daily commute — you might want to keep an eye in that rearview mirror. 

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By Nevin Adams10/9/2014 • 1 Comments

A new study says that it’s lack of awareness, not lack of interest, that is fueling the advice industry’s talent shortage among Millennials.

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By Nevin Adams10/7/2014 • 1 Comments

Differences in workforce composition — not costs — appear to be a primary driver of the lower rate at which small employers sponsor retirement plans, according to a new report from the Investment Company Institute (ICI).

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By Nevin Adams10/3/2014 • 0 Comments

Is there a retirement crisis or not? Last week a Wall Street Journal op-ed claiming that there was an “imaginary” retirement income crisis sparked a rebuttal by 401(k) critic Teresa Ghilarducci.

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By Nevin Adams10/3/2014 • 1 Comments

“At the end of the day,” are you tired of finding people “out of pocket” when you’re trying to “circle back” and have a “dynamic,” “forward-thinking” “deep dive” to “think outside the box”? Or are you just tired of hearing it described that way?

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By Nevin Adams10/2/2014 • 1 Comments

Another of the so-called “excessive fees” cases has been tossed by a federal appellate court.

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Fred Barstein

Fred Barstein

Fred Barstein

By Fred Barstein10/30/2014 • 0 Comments

Hot off their acquisition of Financial Telesis in partnership with Bill Chetney, LPL Retirement Partners held its annual event in Arizona the week of Oct. 20. The buzz at the meeting was about the acquisition and who is – and is not – joining Chetney’s new aggregator, Global Retirement Partners.  READ MORE

By Fred Barstein10/28/2014 • 0 Comments

Research from Cogent Reports,  a division of Market Strategies International, covering plan sponsors and plan advisors shows a number of important new trends, including a dramatic increase in plan turnover and the continuing move to index funds by advisors. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein10/27/2014 • 0 Comments

According to a recent Plan Consultant article by CAPTRUST's Greg Middleton, advisor RFPs are on a “fast track” to becoming the preferred method for conducting an advisor search or documenting that the advisor is qualified, just like with other service providers.

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By Fred Barstein10/22/2014 • 0 Comments

While Jerome Schlichter was surprised by the lack of activity by the DOL when he began his 401(k)-related lawsuits almost 10 years ago, it seems that the agency is now making up for lost time. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein10/22/2014 • 1 Comments

Most retirement plan advisory practices offer multiple services to their corporate or individual clients. While some firms have focused on geographic expansion of a single service, other regional firms have taken the opposite approach, expanding benefits and financial services locally. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Floyd Norris, The New York Times’ chief financial correspondent, asks the obvious question why a plan sponsor would willingly (or neglectfully) choose a more expensive version of a fund — as was the case in the Tibble v. Edison case that is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein10/20/2014 • 0 Comments

Are robo-advisors a threat or potential partners for plan advisors looking to serve the mass affluent and Millennials? With the recent partnership between Fidelity’s IWS division, which provides custodial services to RIAs, and Betterment, a four-year-old robo-advisor with 50,000 clients, the answer seems to be “partner.”

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By Fred Barstein10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

The move to passively invested funds is both steady and monumental, but it doesn’t look like a significant percentage of plan advisors are going all passive. Many firms recommend a mixture of passive and active. So how do you pick the active managers that are mostly like to outperform?

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By Fred Barstein10/16/2014 • 1 Comments

Record keeper consolidation, which went into hyper-drive with the combination of Putnam, Great West and JP Morgan, continues with the Oct. 15 acquisition of the Newport Group by Verisight’s holding company.

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By Fred Barstein10/15/2014 • 1 Comments

As with all segments of the DC provider market, it’s getting tougher to be a successful DCIO firm. As one executive stated succinctly in Hearts & Wallets’ new “The State of DCIO Distribution: 2015” report, “amateur hour is over.”  READ MORE

By Fred Barstein10/14/2014 • 1 Comments

The ninth annual study by investment consultant NEPC shows a steady decline in record keeper fees among larger plans, heralding further industry consolidation.

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By Fred Barstein10/13/2014 • 1 Comments

As the debate rages over whether the U.S. retirement system is broken or just needs some repair to keep up with changing times and demographics, The New York Times compared it with the Dutch pension system, highlighting the problems with American defined-benefit plans.

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By Fred Barstein10/10/2014 • 1 Comments

Publishing his first economic outlook since his stunning departure from PIMCO, as well as a video with new Janus boss Dick Weil, Gross predicts that there is a famine coming which will be just short of a bear market. Likening current times to the late 1920s, Gross sees bonds at 3-4%, with stocks at 5-6% returns.

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By Fred Barstein10/9/2014 • 1 Comments

Last year, financial advisory firms performed well overall, but larger firms and top solo firms outshined the rest, InvestmentNews’ “2014 Financial Performance of Advisory Firms” study reveals.

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By Fred Barstein10/8/2014 • 1 Comments

There are lots of theories on why financial education within DC plans doesn’t work well. But that doesn’t stop the industry from spending billions of dollars on it, with tens of thousands of advisors conducting education meetings. Is it stubbornness? A fiduciary hedge? Or is it just part of the process of figuring it all out?

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By Fred Barstein10/7/2014 • 1 Comments

Now that 408(b)(2) provider disclosure is two years old, what have we learned? According to a recent speech by Kristen Zarenko, Senior Law Specialist at the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, not as much as the DOL had hoped. In fact, some larger plans can't even produce the required disclosure documents.

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By Fred Barstein10/6/2014 • 1 Comments

It's common for professionals to not take their own professional advice. So when it comes to preparing for retirement, especially succession planning, it's not surprising that as few as 1% of financial advisors have a succession plan. Michael Kitces dives into what may be causing the problem and proposes a new, more palatable solution: “lifestyle practices.”

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Jerry Bramlett

Jerry Bramlett

Jerry Bramlett

By Jerry Bramlett10/28/2014 • 0 Comments

The born-on-the-web RIA firm, Rebalance IRA, recently produced a report, aptly titled, “Nearly Half of Americans Surveyed Falsely Think They Pay Zero Retirement Investment Fees.” The study found that when asked what they pay in retirement account fees, 46% believed that they do not pay any fees at all. READ MORE

By Jerry Bramlett10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Though TDFs are often criticized for not taking into consideration outside assets and other risk factors, the bigger issue may be the cashing out of stocks due to an early withdrawal event. READ MORE

By Jerry Bramlett10/13/2014 • 0 Comments

Effort by plan sponsors and their advisors grappling with volatility and its impact on participant investing is time well spent.

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By Jerry Bramlett10/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Just as emerging markets (EM) has materialized as a major asset class over the last 25 years or so, frontier markets — those countries that are not sufficiently developed to be included in the emerging markets index — now resembles what EM looked like in the late ’80s.

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Mike  Bushnell

Mike Bushnell

Mike Bushnell

By Mike Bushnell10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Today, plan advisors are partnering with TPAs like never before, providing more robust packages to clients than either could support by themselves. But just like any other team, the partnership can easily fall apart if everyone isn’t working together. READ MORE

By Mike Bushnell10/28/2014 • 0 Comments

It's been a year since DOL's Phyllis Borzi, addressing the 2013 ASPPA Annual Conference, provided details about how the department planned to proceed with its regulatory initiative reshaping the definition of a plan fiduciary. A year later, in the same room at the 2014 conference, ASPPA’s leadership said the real question now was much broader: Will these regulations ever actually see the light of day? READ MORE

John Carl

John Carl

By John Carl10/27/2014 • 1 Comments

Responding to a question from an advisor in Michigan, the ERISA consultants at the Columbia Management Retirement Learning Center Resource Desk addressed a common inquiry involving designated Roth contributions in a 401(k) plan. READ MORE

By John Carl10/20/2014 • 1 Comments

Responding to a question from an advisor in Washington, the ERISA consultants at the Columbia Management Retirement Learning Center Resource Desk addressed a common inquiry involving pension payments, a divorce settlement and the PBGC. READ MORE

By John Carl10/13/2014 • 1 Comments

Responding to a question from an advisor in Maryland, the ERISA consultants at the Columbia Management Retirement Learning Center Resource Desk addressed a common inquiry involving payments from defined benefit plans. READ MORE

By John Carl10/6/2014 • 1 Comments

Responding to a question from an advisor in New Jersey, the ERISA consultants at the Columbia Management Retirement Learning Center Resource Desk addressed a common inquiry involving Roth IRA conversions.

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Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis

By Stephen Davis10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s fee disclosure rules haven’t necessarily had the tumultuous effect that many in the industry expected them to have; however, one consequence of the regulations for financial professionals has been increased opportunity and competition as sponsors begin re-evaluating their plans’ value in light of their cost. READ MORE

Ray Harmon

Ray Harmon

Ray Harmon

By Ray Harmon10/16/2014 • 1 Comments

The President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans recently held its annual meeting — but retirement planning was barely mentioned. READ MORE

Bruce Harrington

Bruce Harrington

Bruce Harrington

By Bruce Harrington10/7/2014 • 1 Comments

Having a brand that is easily and instantly recognized is one of the key success factors for top companies. The same principle applies to advisors in the DC marketplace.

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Jeffrey Hemker

Jeffrey Hemker

By Jeffrey Hemker10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

When dramatic or disruptive changes occur to mutual funds or other investment vehicles inside defined contribution plans, many sponsors want to be quick to react. And that quick response should lead them directly to their plan’s Investment Policy Statement (IPS). READ MORE

Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

By Craig Hoffman10/2/2014 • 1 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the Tibble v. Edison Int’l case, it was announced Oct. 2. One of the many “excessive fee” cases being pursued through the federal court system, Tibble arose in California and was the subject of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision last year.

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John Iekel

John Iekel

John Iekel

By John Iekel10/28/2014 • 0 Comments

Turning 40 is one of those storied moments — and not just for individuals. ERISA turned 40 this year, affording an opportunity to take stock of its impact and whether it is functioning as intended. An Oct. 28 panel discussion at the 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference, held at National Harbor, Md. discussed exactly that. 

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By John Iekel10/23/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Social Security Administration have issued their cost-of-living adjustments relevant to retirement benefits for 2015. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Retirement plans and health benefits are different things and serve different purposes. Nonetheless, they can intersect functionally — and retirement accounts and health savings accounts (HSAs) are a prime example, as a BenefitsPro report observed recently. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Public pensions can be fair game when a city government declares bankruptcy under federal law, the federal judge overseeing Stockton, Calif.’s bankruptcy has ruled. READ MORE

By John Iekel10/3/2014 • 1 Comments

The way to move forward in promoting retirement saving is not to dismantle the 401(k) and employer-based system — far from it. Rather, we should continue to refine the system and expand coverage and participation. That was the message conveyed by Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Deputy Treasury Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy) for Retirement and Health Policy, at the NAPA DC Fly-In Forum on Sept. 30.

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By John Iekel10/2/2014 • 1 Comments

Devising and implementing a uniform standard of care is not the only way to dispel any confusion broker-dealers and investment advisors and their clients may be experiencing, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar said at the second annual NAPA DC Fly-In Forum on Sept. 30. Instead, he suggested that the SEC could consider drafting a concise disclosure document.

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Matt Iverson

Matt Iverson

By Matt Iverson10/10/2014 • 1 Comments

Signaling an opportunity for retirement plan advisors, an August 2014 Cerulli report listed helping employees with personal budgeting as the top driver of an appropriate deferral rate. READ MORE

John Ortman

John Ortman

By John Ortman10/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Advisors seeking to capture IRA rollovers face a "four-part harmonization" of regulatory and other government entities -- that is, SEC, DOL, FINRA and GAO -- in the words of ERISA attorney Fred Reish. Speaking at a workshop session at the 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference Oct. 28, the Drinker Biddle attorney was joined by fellow panelists Pete Swisher of Pentegra and Yannis Koumantaros of GROUPIRA. READ MORE

By John Ortman10/28/2014 • 0 Comments

Despite lacking any regulatory authority to do so, the Department of Labor has made an issue of fiduciary training over the last few years. The reason, according to Bryan Cave's Sheldon H. Smith: The DOL views fiduciary training as a critical element of good governance, and looks for evidence of a fiduciary training program upon audit. READ MORE

By John Ortman10/13/2014 • 0 Comments

Morningstar announced Oct. 13 that its analysts have changed the ratings of five PIMCO funds, upgrading one and downgrading four, including the PIMCO Total Return fund. 
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NAPA Net Staff

NAPA Net Staff

By NAPA Net Staff10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

NAPA members can now submit nominations for the 2015 NAPA Leadership Council. Two voting advisor members and one firm partner representative will rotate off the Leadership Council in 2015, and the Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the two open advisor seats.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

Those who have wondered about how the Great-West/Putnam/JP Morgan Retirement Plan Services combo would brand itself need wonder no longer. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/31/2014 • 0 Comments

More than two and a half years after the city of Stockton, Calif. declared insolvency, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein has confirmed the city’s proposal for exiting Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/30/2014 • 0 Comments

A new survey suggests that while women are less likely than men to feel confident they have saved enough for retirement, advice can close that gap. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/28/2014 • 0 Comments

Last week, more than 120 Nationwide associates earned their Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF) certification from ASPPA, which ranks Nationwide among the top carriers in the industry for certifications this year.  READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/27/2014 • 1 Comments

Things you might have missed — but shouldn’t. Here are highlights from last week's posts on NAPA Net.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

Advisors who work with pension plan sponsors should know that those plans will have to fork over more in premiums to the nation’s private pension plan insurer next year — in some cases, a lot more.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

A new survey suggests that American workers are feeling better about their retirement prospects, with most of the (modest) improvement registered among higher-income individuals and women. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

LPL unveiled a new Worksite Financial Solutions mobile application during the LPL Retirement Partners Annual Conference 2014, held in Scottsdale, AZ. The app will serve as an extension of LPL’s Worksite Financial Solutions platform, providing plan participants with access to manage their retirement plan accounts directly from their mobile devices. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

MassMutual’s Retirement Services has expanded its sales and relationship management teams to keep pace with its fast-growing Taft-Hartley retirement plans practice and the retirement savings needs of unionized workers. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

There’s still time to nominate yourself or a colleague for NAPA’s prestigious 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award — but not much. The nomination window for the 2015 Leadership Award ends this Friday, Oct. 31. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

The Principal Financial Group has introduced a personalized, at-a-glance retirement wellness scoring system for retirement plan participants. The Principal says the personalized Retirement Wellness Score is one feature of a broad new participant digital experience it is bringing to retirement plan clients. As explained by the firm, the score represents the percentage of a participant’s pre-retirement income that they will likely be able to maintain in retirement, ranging from 0% to 100% or higher. The score is based on account balances; contribution levels in defined contribution, defined benefit and nonqualified plans; an estimate of income from Social Security; outside savings entered by the participant; and other assumptions and data. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

The average American earns 21 days of PTO each year but uses only 77% of that time, according to a new report. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/24/2014 • 0 Comments

A new survey suggests that Millennials are “getting it” when it comes to retirement savings — or maybe as newer hires, they’re just “automatic” beneficiaries.   READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/22/2014 • 0 Comments

According to Cerulli, the managed account market will climb to $6.7 trillion in assets under management by 2017, an 18% compound annual growth rate between 2013 and 2017. What might that mean for your business? READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

As part of a broader initiative to capture leadership of the small or emerging retirement plan marketplace, MassMutual Retirement Services is introducing an enhanced 401(k) product designed for employers with less than $15 million in retirement assets.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

More than half (53%) of working Americans are very concerned about the affordability of health care coverage in retirement, and another 33% are somewhat concerned, according to a new survey. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) says it has strengthened its fixed income fund platform through changes to the Goldman Sachs Core Plus Fixed Income Fund. The fund has been rebranded into the Goldman Sachs Bond Fund and is available in multiple share classes, including lower-priced institutional classes, according GSAM.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

The Nutmeg State is looking for public comments on the feasibility of a state-sponsored retirement plan for all private sector employees. State officials are looking for public comment on a market feasibility study that is due to the legislature by Jan. 1, 2016.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/21/2014 • 0 Comments

ADP Retirement Services has announced a new business relationship with TD Ameritrade to provide plan sponsors with a self-directed brokerage account (SDBA) option they can offer to their plan participants. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/18/2014 • 0 Comments

Lifestyle/premixed funds turned out to be the big draw for participant transfers in September.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/17/2014 • 0 Comments

After the dust settles on the 2014 midterm elections, join NAPA Executive Director Brian Graff and Political Director Jim Dornan for a members-only, 45-minute webcast, as they help you understand what the new political landscape means for plan advisors.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/17/2014 • 1 Comments

Jania Stout in 2013. Kathleen Kelly this year. In March 2015, the name of another outstanding advisor will be added to the list of NAPA 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award winners. Will it be your name?

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By NAPA Net Staff10/17/2014 • 1 Comments

Things you might have missed — but shouldn’t. Here are highlights from last week's posts on NAPA Net.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/16/2014 • 0 Comments

They say when you have your health, you have everything — and a new survey seems to bear that out. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/16/2014 • 0 Comments

Goldman Sachs Asset Management says it has strengthened its fixed income fund platform via changes to the Goldman Sachs Core Plus Fixed Income Fund. The fund has been rebranded into the Goldman Sachs Bond Fund and is available in multiple share classes, including lower-priced institutional classes.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/16/2014 • 0 Comments

The SEC has charged a New York City man with facilitating a $5.6 million insider trading scheme — but you’ll never guess how he shared the information. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/16/2014 • 1 Comments

Voya Financial, Inc. has named Rodney O. Martin, Jr. as Chairman and CEO of its Retirement Solutions business. "Over the past few years, we have made significant progress toward achieving our long-term objectives and our vision to be America's Retirement Company," Martin said in a news release announcing the change. "In considering the significant role that our Retirement Solutions business plays both in our financial performance and in our value proposition, at this time I have decided to directly oversee the next phase of the businesses' growth and expansion."

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By NAPA Net Staff10/15/2014 • 1 Comments

Wellness programs are all the rage among plan sponsors — but now we have a second EEOC lawsuit challenging the involuntary design of one such program. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/15/2014 • 0 Comments

Lincoln Financial Group’s retirement plan services business has launched the Lincoln Secured Retirement Income investment option, a guaranteed withdrawal benefit (GWB) designed to provide guaranteed income for life. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff10/14/2014 • 0 Comments

SageView Advisory Group is pleased to announce three new members to the firm’s regional office in Chicago - Chris Reagan, Mark Dzierzak and Kevin Kaiser - further demonstrating SageView’s continued commitment to investing in high-caliber talent to support key growth areas in the MidWest.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/13/2014 • 1 Comments

The day many have been waiting for is finally at hand — Fidelity Investments has named Abigail “Abby” Johnson chief executive. The announcement was reported in The Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo sent by the mutual fund giant on Monday, Oct. 13.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/13/2014 • 1 Comments

A new survey finds that most employers are concerned that the rising cost of health care will lead workers to cut back on retirement savings — and see a holistic approach to both as a potential solution.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/13/2014 • 1 Comments

According to new research from Cerulli Associates, approximately $720 billion of defined contribution assets that were eligible for distribution remained in employer-sponsored plans in 2013. Those assets were more than twice as large as the amount that rolled out.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/13/2014 • 0 Comments

BNY Mellon has reached an agreement to acquire Cutwater Asset Management, a fixed income and solutions specialist with a 20-year track record and approximately $23 billion in assets under management.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/13/2014 • 1 Comments

A new survey suggests that concerns about health care and health care costs will continue to weigh on retirement security. In the Cigna study, 75% of respondents believe health costs for preventive care, emergencies, treatments, prescriptions and long-term care could ruin their prospects for a secure retirement. 

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By NAPA Net Staff10/13/2014 • 1 Comments

Things you might have missed — but shouldn’t. Here are highlights from last week's posts on NAPA Net.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/10/2014 • 1 Comments

John Hancock Investments has announced immediate expense reductions of 20 to 26 BPs across its top-performing suite of Retirement Living Portfolios.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/10/2014 • 1 Comments

How many American workers are covered by a retirement plan? It depends on how you look at it.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/8/2014 • 1 Comments

Almost six in 10 (57%) small business owners believe employees have what they need to protect their health and income; however, only 35% believe their employees are saving enough for a comfortable retirement.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/6/2014 • 1 Comments

Most Millennials are seeking financial advice — but the way it’s delivered matters, according to a new survey. The majority of respondents (55%) to TIAA-CREF’s annual “Gen Y Advice Matters” survey said that their first choice for receiving financial advice is face-to-face.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/6/2014 • 1 Comments

Five things you might have missed — but shouldn’t. Check out the highlights from last week’s posts on NAPA Net.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/6/2014 • 1 Comments

The number of private sector DC plans and participants continues to expand, while DB plans distributed more than they took in, according to just-published statistics from the Department of Labor.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/6/2014 • 1 Comments

Voya Investment Management has named Michael A. Bell its new chief financial officer, replacing Daniel Wilcox, who will be retiring at the end of the year after more than 30 years with Voya and the firm’s legacy companies.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/6/2014 • 1 Comments

Charles Schwab has launched a new share class for their passive Schwab Indexed Retirement Trust (SIRT) Funds, featuring a 0.08% expense ratio and a $100-million minimum investment.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/3/2014 • 1 Comments

A new survey indicates that a growing number of plan sponsors are at least thinking about more customized investment options for their DC plan menus.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/3/2014 • 1 Comments

NFP Advisor Services has added Sawchuk & Langenstein Wealth Strategies to its platform.

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By NAPA Net Staff10/3/2014 • 1 Comments

Participant balances lost a little ground in September, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

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By NAPA Net Staff10/2/2014 • 1 Comments

A new program from ShoeFitts Marketing will provide advisors with both the content and technical know-how to implement consistent retirement plan marketing each and every month. 

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By NAPA Net Staff10/1/2014 • 1 Comments

A new survey examines the career paths of independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) and the attributes of the profession that attract talent into its ranks. 

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By NAPA Net Staff10/1/2014 • 1 Comments

A new survey indicates that a growing number of plan sponsors are at least thinking about more customized investment options for their DC plan menus.

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Jon Vogler

Jon Vogler

By Jon Vogler10/11/2014 • 1 Comments

Regulatory highlights on the Department of Labor front:

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