A new Hewitt Associates study of large US company retirement plans found that 43% offer, or are very likely to offer, third-party investment advisory services in the coming year.
Lack of communication can be extremely damaging to an adviser-client relationship, and is a frequent reason clients leave their adviser, a new survey says.
As corporate and social safety nets erode, workers are less confident they will be able to achieve financial security.
Fidelity Investments is testing a new feature under which older participants already contributing at or close to the maximum to their 401(k) plans can "automatically" catch up.
Financial advisers will have many opportunities to win rollover dollars away from retirement plan providers as outflows from 401(k) plans increase and traditional plan providers do not have the retail experience necessary to capture them, a new report says.
In conjunction with Moss Adams LLP, a provider of management consulting services to advisory firms, Schwab Institutional has released two reports to aide independent investment advisers with organization and business development, the leading barriers to firm growth.
DALBAR released Wednesday its annual ranking of top customer service providers in the financial intermediary, mutual fund, broker/dealer, annuities, life insurance and retirement plan provider industry.
Schwab Institutional is expanding its offering to help financial advisers leaving traditional financial companies to go it alone.
The engine of growth for traditional IRAs is being powered by qualified plan rollovers and not new contributions, according to a new data analysis from the Washington, DC-based Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI).
Although a majority of women (72%) say retirement is their primary investment goal, almost half of them (48%) do not participate in a retirement savings plan and 60% said they have not taken the necessary steps to prepare for retirement.
Merrill Lynch has launched a new 2007 Focus on Growth bonus program for its 15, 700 financial advisers, through which its advisers will be eligible to receive payouts equal to as much as 30% of their revenue.
The past five years may have been kind to advisers in some respects, but their financial picture may be starting to darken, a new study found.
The 2006 ShareBuilder Small Business Annual Retirement Trend (SBART) Survey found that 63% of respondents do not offer retirement benefits to their employees and more than half (63%) do not know what a 401(k) plan would cost to administer.
About seven in 10 advisers surveyed by Fidelity believe their business will be a major beneficiary of the Pension Protection Act (PPA), predicting growth between 10% and 49% over the next three years and expecting the number of their 401(k) plan sponsor clients to nearly triple.
The majority of workers polled by AllianceBernstein admitted they are unprepared or reluctant to monitor and manage their retirement plan investments.
At a time when many in the retirement services community and some influential lawmakers are up in arms over fees paid by 401(k) participants, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) has insisted in a new report the fees are not that high and participants are getting their money's worth.
Approximately half (51%) of women who work with a financial adviser consider themselves “very financially secure″ in their current situation, while only 31% of those without an adviser agree.
Many Americans may be leaving their retirement savings program on auto pilot, but a majority responding to a recent survey was certain of one thing: they wanted to make basic savings decisions without the government doing it for them.
Seventy-three percent of plan participants surveyed said they are not overly confident in their investing abilities, according to The Scarborough Group, provider of investment advice and allocation management for 401(k) plan participants.
Baby Boomers may not have been the best role models when it comes to retirement savings, and the overwhelming majority recognizes that and wishes they had done better.