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April 19, 2019

New Research on 401K Plans, from Top Researchers

By Kerry Pechter

Boston College, DCIIA and Morningstar provide new research on Britain's 'NEST' experience with auto-enrollment, custom TDFs and why replacing bad 401k investment options is a good idea.  

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The Awful Optics of Fighting Fiduciary Rules

By Kerry Pechter

Broker trade groups are fighting proposed fiduciary rules in New Jersey and Maryland, but brokers' opposition to consumer protections isn't likely to improve their image.

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Honorable Mention

Great American launches two three-year FIAs; Allianz Life backs a structured note platform; Guilbert becomes division president at Symetra Life; Broadridge to buy TD Ameritrade retirement unit.

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Fewest Open Variable Annuity Contracts Since 1997: Morningstar

By Michael Manetta

The top ten VA issuers stayed much the same and accounted for 83% of total sales. TIAA dropped to fourth place from second and AEGON/Transamerica replaced New York Life in the top ten, writes Morningstar's senior quantitative analyst.

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Fin-wellness offerings grow at Prudential, MassMutual

Prudential has enhanced its Prudential Pathways offering and MassMutual has added health care savings accounts to its MapMyFinances platform.

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