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    Who needs a cash balance plan? Not just New Jersey

    A tussle over public pensions has thrust these defined-benefit plans into the spotlight.

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    Pivotal 401(k) fee lawsuit in front of Supreme Court means big changes for plan advisers

    Regardless of how the high court rules, ongoing investment monitoring will be here to stay.

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    Vanguard finds another way to get its ETFs in your clients' hands

    With new presence in the ETF strategist game, Vanguard wins Envestnet, Cambridge and more retirement-plan business.

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    Company stock fading in 401(k) plans

    Knowledge about diversification, restrictions and concern about lawsuits drive decline.

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    Lockheed Martin to pay $62 million settlement in 401(k) fee suit

    Plaintiffs claimed defense contractor breached fiduciary duty, mismanaged funds.

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    Longer life expectancies are killing pension funds

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Pension funds never factored in that people would live as long as they're living. Plus: Fake hedge funder goes to extremes to cover his tracks, Congress to the rescue, and IRA missteps you can avoid

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    In target date funds, performance starts to trump risk management as assets balloon

    Some strategies stay aggressive right up to target date while others dial down risk; each group has its reasons

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    Defined contribution plans doubled asset growth of pensions in 2014

    Annual survey by Pensions & Investments finds DC plans gained 12.8% last year, driven mostly by market gains.

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    Obama's retirement cap might sound good but it has an annuity problem

    When interest rates rise, the $3.4 million ceiling proposed could drop, trapping more people in a tax net

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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.”