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The 21st century industrial revolution mass-produces information but also makes it an individual experience, John Iekel writes in MarketBeat. One of the vehicles for that information is apps—but how interested are participants different generations in that form of access? READ MORE
Almost 26,000 New York Life customers had their names and Social Security numbers exposed to a data breach, the latest in a massive hack that affected hundreds of companies and millions of Americans. The hack occurred in late May and involved Progress Software, the provider of MOVEit transfer... READ MORE
Plan costs and an uncertain economic outlook are driving plan sponsors to look to digital recordkeepers, representing an opportunity to solve a need and unexpectedly disrupt the market, writes John Sullivan in MarketBeat. He discusses a report that shows retirement plan sponsors face more cost... READ MORE
Building off the SECURE 2.0 Act and taking a page out of the “behavioral finance playbook,” two influential senators introduced bipartisan legislation to establish an automatic reenrollment safe harbor.  SECURE 2.0 soon will require new 401(k) and 403(b) plans to automatically enroll participants... READ MORE
Cybersecurity—and its importance to retirement plans and savings—are top of mind. In MarketBeat, John Iekel covers Assistant Secretary of Labor Lisa M. Gomez’s suggestions on reducing the risk of fraud or loss to a retirement account. READ MORE
Retirement Clearinghouse, a Charlotte, NC-based firm, which helps to automatically move participant’s retirement account balances from a former employer to their new employer, has notified individuals in various states of a data breach.   As many as 10,509 individuals may have had their personal... READ MORE
Enactment of the SECURE 2.0 Act, ongoing industry innovations, and the aim to provide greater personalization are among the many opportunities that plan sponsors have to align DC plan features, practices and investments with participant needs. Indeed, the need for greater personalization of the... READ MORE
It is a growing club that no one wants to join: the club of companies that became victims of cyberterrorism. In MarketBeat, Alison J. Cohen writes that it is often not a question of “if” a company will be attacked, but “when,” and that her firm is being asked what one should do about that. READ MORE
The IRS has issued proposed regulations on the use of  electronic media to make participant elections and spousal consents. The proposed regulation generally affects sponsors and administrators of, and individuals entitled to benefits under, certain qualified retirement plans. The proposed... READ MORE
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have announced that brokers will not be required to report additional information with respect to dispositions of digital assets until final regulations are issued. According to IRS Announcement 2023-2, brokers are still required to comply with... READ MORE
The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) has released a new guide about cryptocurrency-related assets to help CFP professionals uphold the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct (Code and Standards) in their practices. While the same standards apply to cryptocurrency-related... READ MORE
Mobile apps increasingly have become the first resource that investors consult to review their investments, make transactions and conduct research, positioning digital as a critical component of the wealth management client experience, a new study suggests.   According to J.D. Power’s 2022 U.S.... READ MORE
The SPARK Institute recently updated its Industry Best Practices for Cybersecurity and released a new Plan Sponsor & Advisor Guide to Cybersecurity to accompany it. As part of its efforts to help strengthen cybersecurity throughout the retirement industry, the organization’s Data Security... READ MORE
You may have missed it, but there’s been a bit of a “hub-bub” brewing on social media…about the impact of, and perhaps even the utility of, social media, writes Nevin E. Adams in MarketBeat. He offers some thoughts — and some tips.  READ MORE
A recordkeeper that has sued the Labor Department based on its comments regarding cryptocurrency in defined contribution plans has told a federal judge it’s fine with dismissing its suit—if the court will hold the agency to its previous statements. Basically, the ForUsAll plaintiffs—a 401(k)... READ MORE
Cybersecurity may feel like an unending purgatory of whack-a-mole. But an expert panel has offered some tips that can help lead one closer to the promised land of greater security.  “Cyber Cyphers: Tips, Tricks and Practice Shifts that Can Keep Your (Plan) Data Safe,” a session at an Oct. 25... READ MORE
Cyber criminals are creative and resourceful — and they’re not just after bank accounts. Industry experts in a recent webinar cautioned that retirement plans are in their sights as well.  “Retirement plans are being attacked in the ways that banks have been,” warned John Rosenburg, Information... READ MORE
Claiming that “granting Defendants’ Motion would invite a brave new world of agency lawlessness,” the ForUsAll plaintiffs that have sued the Labor Department based on the impact of the latter’s position on cryptocurrency investments in retirement plans, have moved to dismiss their motion to dismiss... READ MORE
Having been sued for issuing its Compliance Assistance Release on cryptocurrency by cryptocurrency recordkeeping platform provider ForUsAll, the Department of Labor (DOL) is pushing back. In fairness, ForUsAll describes itself a little differently — as a “modern” 401(k) provider that also offers... READ MORE
The pilot of the Colorado SecureSavings, the Centennial State’s state-sponsored retirement savings program for those whose employers do not offer a retirement plan, will launch in October.  The pilot will not be broadly open; the Colorado Secure Savings Board is set to work with a select group of... READ MORE