Defined Contribution Plans

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    Great-West Financial renames new retirement plan business Empower

    New name is latest step in integration of Putnam Investments' retirement business and the acquisition of J.P. Morgan's Retirement Plan Services.

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    Conservative target-date funds weathered the third quarter market rout

    More conservative target-date funds — those favoring higher relative positioning in bonds — weathered the market rout best in the third quarter, according to target date fund analyst Janet Yang of Morningstar Inc.

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    Best- and worst-performing target date funds

    Track the performance of the best and worst target-date funds through the third quarter, and see which funds best weathered the market's volatility.

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    Rethinking the traditional retirement income glide path

    A few years ago, the Principal Financial Group published a white paper comparing two of the most popular retirement income strategies: systematic withdrawals and the bucket strategy. The paper found that a bucket strategy, which assigns a different pot of money to a defined time period based upon a

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    Treasury, IRS OK annuities in 401(k) target date funds

    Approval of annuities in 401(k) target date funds, including as a default investment, will make lifetime-income features more popular.

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    Earnings season shapes up as the next test for the markets

    Monday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: How will the market handle 3Q earnings? Plus: Bracing for an oil-price war, trouble beneath the surface of lower gas prices, a rare hawkish nod from the Fed, and advisers get high marks from clients.

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    A 401(k) conundrum: Can you make cash pile last for life?

    Little thought – or government help — is given to the question of how to make withdrawals from a retirement plan

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    Strategies arise to take advantage of new IRS after-tax rollover

    Though after-tax dollars in a 401(k) can now be rolled into a Roth IRA, few employers accept such contributions.

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    3 tips for tomorrow's retirement plan adviser

    A successful plan specialist is a broad-based consultant, not just an investment consultant.

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    Liquid alts are a threat to hedge funds as we've known them

    Calpers decision raises questions about high hedge fund fees, even as those funds are evolving

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    BlackRock's iShares steps back from target date ETFs it helped pioneer

    iShares fund closures suggests ETFs have a long way to go before they achieve a place in retirement plans.

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    The case against state-run retirement plans

    While most Americans are not aware of it, a broad nationwide trend is underway that could profoundly impact the choices and tools that are available to them as they plan for retirement. Across the country, state legislators have introduced bills that would establish state-run or state-assisted ...

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    What top 401(k) plans do differently

    A new ranking reveals which industries have the best plans — and what features set them apart.

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    DOL eyes brokerage windows in 401(k) plans

    The agency's request for more information on the choices and disclosures available to participants could set the stage for new rule making.

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    Some target-date funds are boosting equities

    As financial crisis recedes, participants' risk tolerance levels climb and providers adjust