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In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent blog entry that focuses on whether or not to outsource, and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of decisions about how a retirement plan’s funds are to be invested. READ MORE
How would you respond in the below scenario? Imagine that the United States is preparing for the outbreak of an unusual disease, which is expected to kill 600 people. Two alternative programs to combat the disease have been proposed. Assume that the exact scientific estimates of the consequences... READ MORE
Financial advisors, representatives and educators often find themselves sitting across the table from people who are confused, scared and uncertain what to do. The experience can feel like that of a lifeguard perched above a swimmer whose arms and legs thrash in an attempt to keep their head above... READ MORE
Legislation is before the Virginia House of Delegates that would establish the My Virginia Plan Program, a state-based retirement plan. The bills were prefiled by Del. Luke Torian (D-Dumfries), who introduced them before the new session of the state’s General Assembly began on Jan. 9. H.B. 2431 H... READ MORE
Is a longevity annuity an option at any age? What exactly makes an annuity a longevity annuity? And will longevity annuities be provided for inside the 401(k) platform, or are they an option outside the 401(k)? In Tech Talk, Ellie Lowder answers all these questions. READ MORE
The great majority of people face financial stresses of some kind, and that includes retirees. A recent article takes a look at some of the key challenges they face and their impact on retirement benefits.In “Retirees at Risk: Five Key Challenges Retirees Face and the Impact on Their Retirement... READ MORE
The Department of Labor (DOL) may have left open a door for commission-based retirement investment advice in its fiduciary regulation, but a major broker-dealer has decided to take a pass.Last week Merrill Lynch announced that it would no longer give retirement savers the option of paying a... READ MORE
A new survey suggests that worrying about retirement is keeping many Americans awake at night — but who’s more likely to be counting sheep? Savers or Non-Savers?Well, it turns out that while 61% of active savers are losing sleep over retirement, fewer than half (49%) of non-savers are in that camp... READ MORE
The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on June 15 to examine ways to leverage prizes and technology to influence savings behavior.The hearing featured testimony from Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies President Catherine Collinson that focused on a new research report... READ MORE
Last week, House Republicans released the first of six documents detailing their policy agenda, a portion of which included recommendations to “build retirement security through the private retirement system.” The most notable aspect of the report, however — a blueprint from the Task Force on... READ MORE
A new survey says that 77% of Americans over the age of 40 don’t know how much they can withdraw without running out of money, though it’s hard not to see that as a conservative figure.The survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of New York Life, says that 23% of respondents realize... READ MORE
The Department of Labor (DOL) is planning to study how retirement planning strategies and decisions evolve — and it would like to know what you think about the effort.The DOL’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the usefulness of a forthcoming information... READ MORE
Controversy persists in the Tar Heel State over the way information is disclosed — or not disclosed — about how state pension funds are invested and the deals behind those investments.  Both houses of the state legislatures are considering bills that would affect such disclosures. Senate Bill 878... READ MORE
The federal government, a purveyor of regulations and legislation, has set before the 403(b) community a veritable blue plate special — and one with a long shelf life to boot. NTSA President Susan Diehl of PenServ Services, Inc., outlined what’s on that plate at NTSA’s 403(b) Summit in Washington,... READ MORE
Relying on the traditional methods for determining a client’s tolerance for risk can be risky in itself, according to Michael Kitces, speaking at the 2014 NTSA 403(b) Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 24. Kitces is a partner and director of research at the Pinnacle Advisory Group. Putting a... READ MORE
According to research by ING, plan participants who use TDFs are more confident about meeting their retirement goals. They also defer more and are less stressed. In an online survey of more than 1,000 plans conducted last September by ING (which will be known as Voya starting in May), 54 percent of... READ MORE
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of 403(b) Advisor Magazine.  To view a PDF version of this article, please click HERE. Gathering in the energy-filled Chicago Loop in June, 403(b) professionals from around the country networked, learned about timely industry initiatives and... READ MORE