Defined Contribution 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 ...
What top 401(k) plans do differently
A new ranking reveals which industries have the best plans — and what features set them apart.
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.
Some target-date funds are boosting equities
As financial crisis recedes, participants' risk tolerance levels climb and providers adjust
Fidelity quietly settles employee lawsuits
At issue was accusations the fund giant engaged in self-dealing in 401(k) plan.
Soldiers lured out of federal retirement plan
John Turner suspected that brokers were encouraging federal workers to ditch their top-flight retirement plan. So he went under cover.
The 401(k) retirement complex: Retooling Americans' nest egg
Jerry Schlichter says 401(k)s — and the 401(k) retirement complex — need to retool so they work primarily in the best interests of American savers.
Zurich restricts contributions to popular variable annuity contract
Zurich restricts contributions to popular variable annuity contract. Maximum total purchase payments reduced from previous limit of $1 million to just $10,000.
GAO report calls for more disclosure of managed accounts in 401(k)s
The Labor Department should require providers to share more on fees, performance and benchmarking, GAO says.
Fidelity adds $37.2B in defined contribution assets but pace slows
With addition of nearly 1,100 retirement plans, firm's assets under administration for DC plans reaches $1.4T.
Supreme Court rejects stock-drop defense often used in 401(k) cases
High court says 'presumption of prudence' shouldn't be considered a special defense against lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duty.
Hartford Financial Services Group names a new CEO
Insurer Promotes CFO to replace previous CEO following a medical procedure related to a brain tumor.
Vanguard passes Fidelity to become No. 1 in 401(k) assets
Stock market rally in 2013 helped boost numbers; Fidelity remains tops in 401(k) recordkeeping assets.
Guaranteed features propel indexed-annuity sales
With low interest rates providing few fixed-income investment options, broker-dealers see these as a good choice for clients, with more growth potential than CDs.
The retirement apocalypse that isn't coming
Retirement isn't going the way of the carrier pigeon. Innovative retirement plans and new policies and products point to a future richer than many workers imagine.