Citigroup, which suffered a recent management shakeup over its subprime mortgage crisis fallout, has been charged with imprudently allowing 401(k) company stock investments despite “serious mismanagement.″
The recent turbulence at Merrill Lynch, including the negative outcomes on the financial giant’s stock price, has already drawn the scrutiny of ERISA litigators.
Another pension fund has filed suit against State Street for “investing purportedly conservative, risk-averse bond funds in high risk mortgage backed securities and exotic financial instruments.″
I was having coffee with a buddy of mine a couple of weeks back, and before long the discussion turned to music; specifically the new Bruce Springsteen CD.
Two more lawsuits have been filed against State Street Corp. over its now controversial stewardship of fixed income funds marketed as following conservative trading strategies, but which faced substantial losses from subprime mortgage-related holdings.
Merrill Lynch is under scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegations that its Florida consulting operation charged hidden fees and engaged in conflicts of interest, according to letters it sent to various pension boards in the state.
The House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing October 30 to determine whether workers’ retirement savings are being eroded by excessive and unnecessary administrative and investment fees assessed by pension plan providers.
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has put a five-question survey on its Web site to garner public opinion about how participants use the fee information provided about their retirement plans.
With an extended time to prepare, the final kick-in date for the anti-market timing rule 22c-2 came and went earlier this month with little industry fanfare.
Merrill Lynch&Co Inc. has sued an unnamed defendant it alleges impersonated a bank manager and then sent racially denigrating e-mails to civil rights leader Al Sharpton and several black Merrill investment brokers.
Citigroup has been hit with a lawsuit alleging the financial services giant committed a variety of fiduciary breaches in improperly having its 401(k) plan do business with its affiliates and subsidiaries.
It may have lacked the hoopla of a midnight Harry Potter release, but in retirement industry circles, last week’s publication of the Department of Labor’s final regulations on qualified default investment alternatives (QDIAs) was nearly as eagerly anticipated.
A federal judge has refused to reconsider his earlier ruling that Deere&Co. was not obligated to disclose the revenue sharing arrangements in its 401(k) plan, clearing the company of fiduciary breach allegations.
U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-New York) has unveiled a bill requiring the recognition of ordinary income on the exercise of stock options in an S corporation with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
The Investment Company Institute (ICI) has issued a statement strongly urging the state of Michigan to repeal a portion of recently enacted legislation that imposes a sales tax on investment advice services.
Referring to fees charged to 401(k) plan participants, at a hearing Wednesday, the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging said that consumers have a basic right “to clearly know how much products and services are costing them.″
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee will hold an October 30 hearing to discuss the fees charged to participants enrolled in defined contribution plans.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued interim guidance generally extending to 2007 the 409A tax reporting guidance that was applicable to 2005 and 2006 tax years.
Saying it was “probably the most important regulation issued resulting from the Pension Protection Act of 2006,″ Bradford Campbell, Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) at the Department of Labor, addressed media representatives regarding the final regulations on Qualified Default Investment Alternatives (QDIAs).
Morgan Stanley has agreed to a $16 million settlement over allegations that it denied business opportunities to African-American and Latino financial advisers, Reuters reported.