Happy Friday, readers! This week’s news roundup features articles on investing. Active fixed-income allocations are moving into risky territory. Corporate funds posted the highest returns among institutional investors in the second quarter. While usage of Roth 401(k)s is still quite small, at 13%, the popularity of Roth 401(k)s is growing. Some plan sponsors are using both target-date funds and managed accounts as their qualified default investment alternative, moving older investors into the managed accounts. While managed accounts are customized for each participant, experts say they can be benchmarked against participant’s goals, such as when they want to retire or how much they want to save. We hope you find our coverage helpful and informative.
Experts with Charles Schwab warn that a decade of generally stable credit markets has some investors feeling a false sense of security about “stretching for yield” within near retirees’ target-date funds.
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The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.
The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.