RETIREMENT

High Court case could spawn more 401(k) suits

05/22/2015
The Supreme Court has ruled that retirement plan fiduciaries have an ongoing duty to monitor all 401(k) plan assets and sell off under-performing securities and funds.

DOL offers stock-appraisal guidance for companies that sponsor ESOPs

05/12/2015
The U.S. Department of Labor has developed appraisal guidelines to help employers that sponsor Employee Stock Ownership Plans make informed decisions about legally buying and selling company stock.

Proposed rule would combat retirement plan conflicts of interest

04/28/2015
The U.S. Department of Labor has released a proposed rule designed to protect 401(k) and IRA investors by cracking down on conflicts of interest in the retirement plan marketplace. The proposed rule would update and close loopholes in the nearly 40-year-old Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which governs employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Feds crack down on 401(k) hardship withdrawals

04/23/2015
Both the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor are increasing their enforcement scrutiny on companies that allow em­­ploy­­ees to take inappropriate hardship withdrawals from their 401(k) plans.

Retirement crisis worsens, no rebound from recession

04/20/2015
The U.S. retirement savings crisis continues to worsen, and the typical working household still has virtually no retirement savings, according to a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security.

As military-leave season nears, plan now for reservists' absence

04/17/2015
Summer is usually when employees who belong to the National Guard and military Reserves give their two weeks of duty to Uncle Sam. Some military-connected employees may be deployed for longer periods of time. Now is the time to prepare for their absence.

What's the best way to receive 401(k) information?

04/13/2015
When it comes to learning how to manage their defined-contribution retirement benefits, employees are old-school.

Percentage of older workers delaying retirement falls

03/26/2015
The improving economy is bolstering dreams of retirement for many Americans. The number of workers age 60 or older who say they are delaying retirement has reached a post-recession low of 53%.

401(k) rollovers lose billions due to conflicts of interest

03/18/2015
American workers who rollover 401(k) retirement savings into individual retirement accounts lose at least $8 billion per year because of conflicts of interest created by financial advisors’ reliance on commissions, according to a new Department of Labor report.

Most employers auto-enroll 401(k) participants

03/10/2015
Looking for a no-cost way to help employees save more for retirement? Consider making enrollment in your 401(k) automatic for all employees. They’ll have to affirmatively opt out if they don’t want to participate.

Women trail men in retirement savings growth

02/13/2015
Women invest 6% to 12% more than men in defined contribution plans such as 401(k)s, according to the Vanguard investment firm’s “2014 How America Saves” report.

How much will that 401(k) really buy at retirement age?

01/30/2015

The average 401(k) balance on retirement accounts registered with the Vanguard mutual fund company was $101,650 in mid-2014. That’s up a whopping 80% since the end of 2008.

How to keep baby boomers on board: 4 keys

01/23/2015
Get ready for an experienced cadre of workers who just won’t leave. As long as they want to stay at your company, you might as well maximize their potential.

5 ways employees can build financial security

01/22/2015
Employees whose financial affairs are in order can focus more on work and less on money worries at home. If you offer financial literacy training as an employee benefit, include these tips from the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Feds' myRA retirement plan now open for business

01/21/2015
It’s now possible to offer your employees a secure retirement savings account at no cost to you. The federally insured myRA program that President Obama announced in his 2014 State of the Union address is now accepting enrollees.
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