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.

Research Roundup

Almost every controversial subject in the US today--from Fed policy to machine learning to immigration--contains an element or theme related to retirement policy. The articles reviewed in this month's Research Roundup are proof of that.

‘iTDFs’ Smooth the Bumps of Retirement Income

A former chief actuary of Denmark seeks a US target date fund company that might use his technology, the 'iTDF,' to create a seamless transition from pre-retirement savings to safe income during the first 20 years of retirement.

A Revolt Against PE-Led Annuity Issuers

Matt Zagula is an annuity wholesaler and fixed indexed annuity (FIA) designer. He and forensic accountant Tom Gober created the TSR ratio, a scale for rating FIA issuers. Mutual and fraternal insurers score best; private equity-led life insurers score worst.
Featured

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.
News

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.