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.

New Research on 401K Plans, from Top Researchers

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.

Tell Us What You Really Think

At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?
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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.