Articles tagged "401(k)helpcenter"


Louis Harvey: They assumed that a market existed, but then discovered what many have known for years -- 401(k) plans need a very personal sales effort.

After cutting 401(k) middlemen out backfires, Schwab cuts them back in
The problem for Walt Bettinger's newfangled Index Advantage DC plans was that for three years only $10 billion of assets showed up in an atmosphere of self-direction

Thursday 8.6.15
Jason Roberts: This could be a great prospecting tool.

After growth dip, BrightScope takes a whirl at mutual fund data -- but in a way that Morningstar claims it bypassed
The La Jolla RIA-tracker will gear data toward the 401(k) market and knock down a paywall

Thursday 6.11.15
Jason Furman's memo: The proposal allows businesses to continue using existing, conflicted business models but requires that they adopt additional consumers protections such as ensuring advisors follow a best interest standard.

The White House puts its best Obamacare minds behind cleaning up the 401(k) business -- starting by issuing a withering memo
The executive branch's endorsement of the fiduciary rule is based on finding that Americans may have to work for an extra three years because of Wall Street overbilling

Friday 1.30.15
Jania Stout: Our approach involves working closely with not only our plan sponsor clients, but with plan participants as well.

HighTower adds two battle-hardened T. Rowe generals to the 401(k) field
The Chicago-based roll-up is angling for retirement rollover dollars but observers question how determined it is to become a serious player in the lurcrative sector

Friday 11.7.14
Steve Anderson: We made the decision and notified these clients that we're going to resign our services. I personally made the call and explained our thinking.

Schwab shoos $25 billion of client assets out the door as it calls the bluff of employers with lopsided 401(k) contracts
The San Francisco giant is trading recordkeeper revenue for the prospect of wielding its mighty brand directly at plan participants

Friday 2.28.14
Walt Bettinger: We expect that's a long-term play.

Why the whiff of another delay of Schwab's ETF-only 401(k) plan is drawing so much attention
As one snag follows another, the pressure builds on a signature Walt Bettinger effort, but some insiders call Schwab's pace and patience justified, even laudable

Tuesday 10.8.13
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
Jeffrey Maggioncalda: I think it becomes harder and harder for a product solution to replicate this holistic service solution that we put into the marketplace.

Financial Engines more than doubles its share price by defining a niche in the 401(k) market between target date funds and RIAs
Wall Street is seeing things Jeff Maggioncalda's way for now, as new DOL regs make plan sponsors more certain they want participants advised inexpensively but not cheaply

Tuesday 10.1.13
Michael Francis: It's my belief that they shouldn't be fiduciaries because they can't be according to the way the law is set up.

Merrill Lynch jumps on the fiduciary bandwagon in retirement plans but critics see lingering conflicts
Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wells Fargo Advisors already went this route but can wirehouses really deliver strict fiduciary care?

Tuesday 4.3.12
Walt Bettinger: Let’s cut through the noise that is out there. A participant spending a career in a program offering an index oriented line up of investments will retire with $115,000 more over a similar participant using actively managed funds.

Schwab's CEO engages in a Q&A about how his company's deep-discount, more-advice 401(k) plan will work
It's the fees and the index approach that's important, Bettinger says -- not that Schwab plans to offer the capacity to trade

Wednesday 2.16.11

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