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    Retirement crisis is real and getting worse: Study

    More than half of U.S. households don't have enough saved for retirement, Center for American Progress finds.

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    Vanguard's funds reach new heights

    Vanguard Group surpassed State Street Global Advisors as the second-largest ETF provider, a new milestone following a year that was filled with them.

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    Blood and money: How familial strife can unravel estate plans

    Advisers can prevent undue influence by watching for radical behavior of family members and signs of dementia in clients.

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    Custom target date funds gaining in DC plans: Report

    Defined contribution plans are sharply cutting back on target-date funds offered by record keepers but expanding use of custom target-date funds, according to a survey by Callan Associates.In an annual survey of DC plan executives released Thursday, Callan found that 28.7% offered their record

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    Why security in retirement is often luck of the draw

    Specific returns clients earn on investments right around retirement disproportionately impact their lifetime outcomes.

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    SEC puts emphasis on retirement savers in 2015 exam priorities

    This year, the regulator says it will explore risks associated with increasingly popular alternative investments designed to generate high yields amid low interest rates “as investors are more dependent than ever on their own investments for retirement.”

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    Your next client? Meet the six-figure skilled laborer

    Advisers: There's a client market where your help is sorely needed — it's called skilled labor, and it could see a bump in the ranks.

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    Auto IRAs in Illinois: Can small-plan private sector 401(k)s coexist?

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed Auto IRA bill in Prairie State. Will advisers object?

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    Retirement readiness: 15% salary deferrals are the new 10% for 401(k)s

    Investors, particularly those in their 30s, should aim for this target rate in order to retire comfortably.

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    The right glide path for smaller accounts

    Resist the temptation to increase risk for low savers, as every dollar becomes more important.

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    John Hancock buys New York Life's retirement unit; New York Life acquires block of John Hancock's life insurance biz

    In a two-part tradeoff, John Hancock will acquire New York Life's Retirement Plan Services business, and New York Life will take on a block of John Hancock's life insurance business. One deals bolsters John Hancock's retirement reach and the other the other New York Life's insurance reserves.

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    Key 401(k) Supreme Court suit will shake up retirement plan advisers

    Expect more due diligence on funds and fees, and expect to do it more frequently.

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    Lifetime income to reach defined-contribution retirement plans, but not anytime soon

    Existing products don't fit within the broad regulatory guidelines governing a lifetime income option that contains a deferred annuity offered within a target date fund.

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    FSI to fight rollout of auto IRAs

    As Illinois pushes ahead with its automatic retirement savings account program, the Financial Services Institute argues the savings plans pose competition to advisers and will work to discourage other states from following suit.

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    Powerful GOP senator to defend retirement tax incentives

    Incoming Senate finance chairman Orrin Hatch says retirement vehicles are the 'greatest wealth creator' for the middle class, and shouldn't be part of tax reform.