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Clients’ expectations have changed. And that is in part explained, and fueled by, technology. In a Jan. 29 session of the NTSA 30th Anniversary Summit in Tampa, FL, Lincoln Investment Vice President of Branch Development Tom Lakatos offered his insights on this development. Lakatos was definitive... READ MORE
We all have the same goal — providing school employees with access to retirement plans and means to save. In MarketBeat, John Iekel provides a look at a panel discussion on that matter that took place at a Jan. 25 session of the NTSA Summit held Jan. 23-25 in Houston. READ MORE
“I would encourage caution among policymakers when considering dramatic changes to retirement policy for tax policy purposes,” former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) told the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs’ Subcommittee on Economic Policy on April 5.“As tax reform discussions... READ MORE
Broker-dealers and registered representatives must link to FINRA’s BrokerCheck website on their home pages and any pages on their websites featuring profiles of representatives who work with retail investors. This requirement came into effect after the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a... READ MORE
The American Retirement Association (ARA) has partnered with Morningstar, Inc. to develop a program that sets a new standard in fiduciary education and best practices. The IRA Fiduciary Adviser education program is designed to prepare advisers for a continuously shifting regulatory environment. The... READ MORE
A new survey finds that, among plans automatically enrolling participants, 7 in 10 use all three features of an autopilot program (auto enroll, contribution acceleration, and qualified default investment alternative (QDIA)), but the adoption rate varies by plan size. According to “How America Saves... READ MORE
“Data security is a team sport.” That’s how FIS Chief Risk Officer Greg Montana summed up cybersecurity efforts at a June 20 session of the SPARK National Conference held in Washington, DC. The panel included not only experts from the private sector, but also Deputy Assistant Secretary for... 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
A strong majority of attendees at a recent conference for executives, investment professionals and registered investment advisors expect that changes to their technological systems will be necessary in order to comply with the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. An even greater majority expect... READ MORE
The head of one of the world’s largest asset managers is calling for a mandate of retirement savings.In what was described as an “open letter to Congress,” Ron O’Hanley, president and chief executive officer of State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), which has about $2.4 trillion in assets under... READ MORE
A recent blog post provides tips and ideas for ensuring that plan and participant information is secure and protected from cyberattack.    “Addressing Cybersecurity in Your Retirement Plan TPA Contract,” by the law firm von Briesen & Roper, offers ideas on how to incorporate cybersecurity... READ MORE
Increasingly, a plan’s digital platform — both website and mobile — is becoming participants’ main point of contact with the plan, upping the ante on the quality and efficiency of the user experience. What can consumer research tell us about doing a better job of fulfilling users’ digital... READ MORE
Increasingly, a plan’s digital platform — both website and mobile — is becoming participants’ main point of contact with the plan, upping the ante on the quality and efficiency of the user experience. What can consumer research tell us about doing a better job of fulfilling users’ digital... READ MORE
Recent research about the development of annuity products and certain life insurance products used for retirement purposes provided food for thought at a May 6 session of LIMRA’s 2016 Retirement Industry conference. Elaine Tumicki, Corporate Vice President, Insurance Research – Product, LIMRA, and... READ MORE
Have you ever attended a conference session about using social media and walked away thinking that when you got back to your office you weren't going to be allowed to do any of the stuff you just learned? Or worse, that you didn't really understand what any of it meant to begin with?This year’s 403... READ MORE
Among the strongest trends of the outgoing year: growth in employee engagement in their financial wellness, use of annuities and offerings of qualified longevity annuity contracts (QLACs). And next year may bring more of the same. So say two recently released studies that look at what’s been... READ MORE
Join your fellow industry leaders and innovators at this year’s 403(b) Masters Summit Jan. 21-23, 2016 at the Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The Summit will revolve around three key elements:1. Growing Your Business;2. Market Updates & Investment Strategies; and3. Optimizing Your... READ MORE
A new resource offering best practices for 403(b) non-ERISA plans is now available. Automatic Enrollment Guide: Best Practices for 403(b) Non-ERISA Plans, a comprehensive resource prepared by NTSA provides information relevant to all stages of providing this means of enrolling 403(b) participants.... READ MORE
The popularity of annuities featuring guaranteed minimum income benefit riders, or GMIBs, tends to surge following market downturns like in 2000 and 2008. Conversely, during market advances like we’re seeing today, buyer’s remorse can set in as annuitants eyeball alternative investments with much... READ MORE
Section 404(c) is a historically misunderstood part of ERISA, with misconceptions rampant even before the 404(a)(5) participant fee disclosure regulations added to the confusion. In this week’s MarketBeat, Michael Webb addresses fundamental ERISA Section 404(c) issues every advisor should master. READ MORE

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