Vanguard engaged Mercer Health and Benefits to develop a new model to forecast health care costs for U.S. retirees; the effort has resulted in a number of pragmatic recommendations for individuals and employers.
Fidelity this week introduced what it is calling “self-indexed, zero expense ratio mutual funds” on the retail side of its business; the move may not directly touch retirement plans, but it speaks clearly to broader asset management industry trends.
It’s not hard to imagine why caregivers deprioritize their retirement savings; harder to figure out is how to support caregivers as they work to build their own financial wellness and retirement wealth.
New research from Cerulli points to a number of drivers behind the acceleration in asset management fee compression, tied to improved automation and stronger competition; the research and analytics firm also analyzes the competitive landscape of “robo-advice.”
Pressing industry trends and emerging opportunities are reflected in recent merger and acquisition activity among retirement plan advisers and service providers, and in the efforts of other firms to restructure their basic approach to sales and service; PLANADVISER hears from Fi360, AssetMark, Cetera Financial and others about their visions for the future.
Matt Matrisian, SVP of strategic initiatives at AssetMark, is passionate about the topic of advisory practice management, enough so that he wrote a 300 page book on the subject; chatting off-the-cuff with PLANADVISER, he argues outsourcing is the way of the future.
A new analysis from Charles Schwab shows those with a written financial plan are much more likely to have a higher overall Modern Wealth Index score, be regular savers, and effectively manage their debt.
As recently as mid-2016 it was common to hear advisers describe significant market volatility as the new normal, but since then the global equity markets have been remarkably stable and generous; so it makes some sense, experts agree, that investors are feeling jittery as volatility returns to the fore.