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Rick Meigs:  We need Schwab in the marketplace and this is a very positive move for Schwab.

RIAs stay the course in holding Schwab to its promise of an RIA-in-charge 401(k) plan with a promising result
Only when RIAs proved they'd only take 'yes' for an answer on open architecture and themselves installed as fiduciaries did their San Francisco-based custodian yield with just a minor Morningstar contingency

Tuesday 11.3.15
Jon Stein: No one has done this since Fidelity came into the space.

Betterment jumps headlong into the 401(k) business spurred by a conviction that even Vanguard Group is unfriendly to investors in this arena
The New York robo-advisor is going full stack, competing with Fidelity Investments on everything from recordkeeping to financial advice

Friday 9.11.15
The forecast for the 401(k) business is bright and foggy.

What exactly is doable for an RIA in the 401(k) business?
Conflicting forces of change have made the question harder to answer but has sweetened the pot

Wednesday 10.15.14
Fred Reish: It doesn't look good.

How the future of the 401(k) industry may hinge on the outcome of a lawsuit brought by Fidelity employees against their own company
The legal case is built on a Fidelity-only funds menu but the Boston 401(k) king intends to show these participating employees got a sweet, fair deal that went beyond DOL mandates

Thursday 10.17.13
Stephen Bozeman: There were some problems.

Unfazed by its misfire, BlackRock is taking a second shot at the 401(k) market, this time with a whiter hat
Skeptics abound but the world's largest asset manager aims to fill a mega-void by bringing payout precision of DC plans to the best-guess 401(k) business

Thursday 10.3.13
Fielding Miller: There are so many schools and non-profits there. The Northeast is our new focus.

A $103 billion AUA RIA storms TIAA-CREF's Northeast stronghold by poaching a hotshot from a $30-billion RIA in Greenwichland
CAPTRUST's 403(b) assets have jumped 60%, or nearly $5 billion, in AUA in one year and TIAA-CREF's $217 billion of 403(b) assets are still pretty untapped

Monday 9.16.13
Jordan Burgess: This information has been well-received by advisors.

Fidelity Investments puts hard numbers on the disgruntlement of 401(k) plan sponsors -- and launches Z shares with ETF-like prices
Advisors are gaining some ground but the crunch of fees and service on plan purveyors gets worse and worse

Friday 8.16.13
Kevin Chisholm: I don't think you can have the conversation about cost without talking about asset allocation and, ultimately, performance.

Schwab garners $4 billion in index-only 401(k) assets fast out of the gate
Critics applaud the San Francisco broker's early success but wonder whether such a cost-focused approach is really enough

Friday 2.22.13
Scott Hanson: We think this is the biggest thing we’ve done.

New RIA with familiar faces gets running start at putting advisors into the 401(k) driver's seat
Two financial entrepreneurs have 50 firms on board; the idea is for Pathway Strategic Advisors to take the fiduciary burden off of advisors who handle 401(k) assets for clients

Thursday 2.21.13
J. Fielding Miller: This has that magic fit.

CAPTRUST wakes up the 401(k) industry by buying $1-billion advisor/recordkeeper that adds the 'magic' to its arsenal
Freedom One's system offers 3(38) fiduciary management that allows the $85-billion Raleigh behemoth a way to take greater control of assets

Wednesday 1.9.13
Fred Reish: Before, the statement said that you should consider firing the provider but now it's very clear that it's mandated.

DOL tells employers when they must fire advisors to 401(k) plans
The new teeth in the rules went unnoticed by many people amid other changes

Friday 2.10.12

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