401(k) Litigation: The ‘Next Asbestos’?

“The vast majority of 401(k) funds are at risk of lawsuits over excessive fees,” said James Holland, director of business development at Millennium Investment and Retirement Advisors, a fiduciary consultancy in Charlotte, NC.

The Sacrificial Payroll Tax

Idle talk about suspending the payroll tax is making 'blue' Senators blue. We get answers from Social Security expert Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute.

An Income-Generating ‘Collar’

Using a 'protective net-credit collar,' the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF has distributed monthly income at an annual rate of 7.88% in 2020, while appreciating 10%. Is there a catch?

Life Insurers’ Bermuda Triangle, Part II

The humble fixed indexed annuity is at the center of the restructuring hurricane that has swept through the life insurance industry in recent years. We bring you the second article in a series on the topic.
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The Opposite of Austerity

The respected Yale economist argues that temporarily higher taxes and higher spending is a better path to recovery than permanently lower taxes and lower spending.

Was That a Prohibited Transaction?

We all think we know right from wrong. But in the ERISA world, it’s not always so easy tell the difference. Listen to these war stories and decide for yourself.
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No surprise: Most Americans still not saving

A new survey shows yet again that most Americans don't save much. Given the trillions that currently sit in 401(k) plans and IRA accounts, this suggests that a minority of Americans must be saving a lot.

Lump sum DB payouts represent rollover opportunities: Cerulli

Two new publications from Cerulli Associates point out, respectively, that advisors and IRA providers should target the lump-sum distributions of former DB plan participants and that the direct channel is taking business away from advisors.

Jackson National top seller of annuities in 2012

LIMRA has published its quarterly list of top annuity sellers in the U.S. For all of 2012, Jackson National Life was the largest overall seller of annuities, with $20.4 billion, including $19.7 billion in variable annuity sales. Prudential sold the most VAs, at $19.97 billion.

The Bucket

Brief or late breaking items from MassMutual, New York Life, The Hartford, Retirement Clearinghouse LLC, National Planning Holdings and Protective Life.