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Tom Nally: We want to simplify this for them so they can actually get engaged in retirement and leverage the TD Ameritrade brand name.

TD Ameritrade launches a 'Goldilocks' 401(k) approach aimed at competing with big wolves -- like Fidelity and Schwab
The turnkey RIA service seeks the middle ground between set-and-forget target date funds and the crazy complexity of building a 401(k) practice

Friday 1.31.14
Martin Smith: We never considered this investigative in the sense that it wasn't information that was already out there.

Why the industry needs to accept some blame for 'flaws' in PBS Frontline's 'Retirement Gamble'
The PBS report was slanted, simplistic and went in for shock value, say critics, but some in the industry say too-high fees are in fact the root of the problem

Wednesday 5.15.13
Scott Pritchard: A plan sponsor said recently: 'Other issues are just bigger than the 401(k) plan. As long as it's low-maintenance, then I’m happy.'

The PBS 'Frontline' 401(k) documentary names suspects but leaves out major culprits of the theft of the American retirement
Wall Street charges excessive hidden fees, but it's all within the bounds that the system allows

Wednesday 5.8.13
Scott Pritchard: Wall Street lawyers had plenty of time between 2007 and last July to create slight-of-hand ways to "disclose" these fees without providing meaningful transparency.

Why 408(b)(2) is a flop for the 401(k) business and how RIAs can turn it around
The disclosure requirement sat around so long that workarounds got developed and employers got comfortable in the boiling water

Wednesday 4.10.13
Randy Long: We've talked to them. I've decided I'd just rather go after their clients rather than their advisors.

How a $12 billion RIA grew to $20 billion in less than a year by raiding 401(k) accounts from legacy players
Randy Long boasted that he'd pick off the big boys' clients and came through with the help of a crack team of 12 young turks

Wednesday 9.26.12
Jason Roberts: The broker wants to make sure the advisor isn't taking the clients to lunch.

Why brokers from Nationwide, LPL, Merrill Lynch and others are giving RIAs a cut of their 401(k) action
RIAs and brokers alike are wary of the fox-in-hen-house effect but DOL is creating strange bedfellows

Tuesday 5.29.12
Anne Tuttle:  We’re happy to see more information provided to sponsors.

How giant advice provider Financial Engines can sweep the 401(k) field -- or not
It has $53.7 billion of assets under its managed account platform, but how the new DOL disclosure rules, competition from Morningstar and Schwab's bet on GuidedChoice play out will be very telling

Tuesday 5.22.12
David Booth:  If we can convince the advisor that what we're doing makes sense, then they can translate that to the individual.

DFA takes on life cycle funds by putting an alternative offering in the hands of 401(k)-minded advisors
Managed DC is the first in a series of such products, hints David Booth, but a critic says the premise on which they're built is all wrong

Friday 4.20.12
Mont Levy: We see the DFA advisors looking at this opportunity very closely.

Buckingham expedites turnkey 401(k) strategy by buying a fellow DFA TAMP
Competitors for advisors' business (like that little company, Fidelity) aren't sitting still as demand surges

Wednesday 1.5.11
Scott Pritchard: As much as I’d like to say that Fidelity has lost their edge, I think this is just a reflection of the fact that a small percentage of plan sponsors have begun to recognize the value of working with independent RIAs.

What the confidential documents uncovered by Reuters say about Fidelity's future in the 401(k) business
A rare glimpse at the 401(k) giant's client tally shows slippage among big customers but its 401(k) business may be finding increased traction with advisors

Thursday 7.8.10
Craig Watanabe: Adequately servicing 401k plans is a demanding endeavor and we will likely see retirement plan specialists gaining market share.

What Cogent's new study says about where RIAs stand in the 401(k) business
Brokers still dominate most segments but RIAs do well with bigger plans, results of two surveys show

Thursday 6.17.10
Scott Pritchard: Many advisors [selling 401(k) plans] recognize the merits of a move to fee-only, but like a drug addict who knows they need to quit, they just can not 'kick the habit.'

RIAs are starting to create their own 401(k) companies as alternatives to John Hancock and The Principal
Capital Directions is building a TAMP for advisors that want to get into the 401(k) business

Tuesday 4.27.10

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