Author: John Iekel

Article Index

The Taxman Cometh, Graff Warns

What’s the retirement plan industry’s biggest concern in the coming election? American Retirement Association CEO Brian Graff addressed the issue in the opening session of the 2016 ASPPA Annual Conference at National Harbor, Md. Oct. 23.   Read More

Industry Preps for DOL Fiduciary Rule

Panel discussions at the June 20-21 SPARK National Conference in Washington, DC offered insights into the effects the DOL’s final rule is already having and how the retirement industry can prepare in the 10 months remaining before the rule’s effective date.   Read More

Kmak: Stop the Race to the Bottom on Fees

There are plenty of financial pressures on DC plans, providers and sponsors. Not to mention the importance clients place on fees when considering whether to drop an investment manager. In a June 20 session at the 2016 SPARK National Conference held in Washington, D.C., Tom Kmak, CEO of Fiduciary Benchmarks, offered some ideas on how that can be addressed.   Read More

Retirement Readiness: Risks and Perceptions

How financially ready are most Americans for retirement? What threatens pre-retirees’ financial stability during the accumulation phase? A May 5 session at LIMRA’s 2016 Retirement Industry Conference offered some hard data on perceptions of — and risks to — retirement readiness.   Read More

5 Keys to a Successful Web Platform

Increasingly, a 401(k) plan’s digital platform — both website and mobile — is becoming participants’ main point of contact with the plan, upping the ante on the quality and efficiency of the user experience. What can consumer research tell us about doing a better job of fulfilling users’ digital expectations?   Read More