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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.

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    Corporate bonds fly off the shelves ahead of looming rate hikes

    Tuesday's Breakfast with Benjamin features bond sales hitting a new record as rate hikes loom. Plus: Bracing for a global currency war, falling oil prices catch fund managers by surprise, and making 2015 the year of the maxed-out 401(k).

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    How to help clients navigate the choppy HSA waters

    Figuring out how to utilize the full potential of these health care plan features should be part of comprehensive retirement income planning.

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    Integrate college, retirement plans

    Calculation of need-based aid involves many factors, including 401(k) and IRA contributions.

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    Retirement plan contribution limits for tax year 2015 bring new opportunities

    Higher limitations for contributions gives advisers a chance to remind clients to save.

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    Rollovers of 401(k)s into pension plans gets government agency backing

    With move, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. clears the way for annuitization of the funds.

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    John Hancock pushes for liquid alts in retirement plans

    Breakfast with Benjamin:Shopping season bodes well for stocks. Plus: John Hancock pushes for liquid alts in retirement plans; being thankful for seasonal market timing; and learning to fly drones for fun and profit

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    Government workers get first crack at phased retirement

    Virtually every survey of American workers finds the majority would like to ease into retirement, perhaps working part time for a few years before calling it quits completely. The problem is, corporate America has been slow to embrace the phased-retirement concept. But that could be changing. The

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    Retirement plan sponsors want more from advisers

    A desire for greater expertise was cited as the primary reason for switching advice providers, says Fidelity survey

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    Demand for socially responsible investing options in 401(k)s on the rise

    Money managers say more participants want to link retirement savings to values.

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    BlackRock names Castille as chief retirement strategist

    Former head of firm's defined contribution unit will focus on target date business, retirement indexes, create research platform.

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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.