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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority says it will maintain member fees for now, but that decision may have to be revisited in the near future.   In its newly released budget summary for 2019, the self-regulatory organization says it will not seek to increase member fees this year – the... READ MORE
If it’s March, then it must be time for March Madness – and whatever you’ve seen in the betting sheets, NAPA-Net readers have their own opinions. Bracket Talk Gonzaga was (barely) the top pick of readers to win the West bracket, pulling the support of 35%, just ahead of the 29% who were placing... READ MORE
The shifting values, beliefs, and expectations of clients are bringing massive change to the forefront of every industry. And we’ll close out the 2019 NAPA 401(k) Summit with insights from none other than Joey Coleman, Chief Experience Composer at Design Symphony. You’ll leave this Summit keynote... READ MORE
If you think you’ve had a bad week, just remember – it could have been worse. Check out what happened to these guys (and gals)…  In Albany, Texas, an unnamed resident crawled underneath his house after strong winds disrupted his cable service… spotted “a few” snakes under there… quickly crawled... READ MORE
The nation’s second largest retirement provider recently announced a new collaborative agreement with independent advisory firms to deliver customized advisory services to workers saving for retirement.   Advisor Managed Accounts (AMA) seek to drive integration between advisor firms and Empower by... READ MORE
Now there’s a whole new reason to focus on things fiduciary. That’s right, March 21 – 3(21), get it? – has been declared Fiduciary Awareness DayTM, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s something to keep an eye out for in coming years. It’s the brainchild of Columbia Threadneedle’s Andy... READ MORE
There’s an old saying about leaving the best until last. This may just do the trick. That’s right, over the past several days we’ve outlined the long list of compelling topics and fascinating speakers lined up for the NAPA 401(k) Summit. At which point, one might well wonder – what’s left? Well,... READ MORE
Financial advisors appear to be laser-focused on Millennials as the next generation of potential investors, but they may be making a mistake by overlooking Generation X, says a new white paper. Given their population size and the inevitable impact of wealth transfers, firms are jostling to court... READ MORE
Running the gamut from “growth” to “defensive,” new research documents the extensive asset allocation strategies among custom target date funds.  Noting there is a wide range of information available on the performance and asset allocation strategies of packaged TDFs but little comparative... READ MORE
A new survey of nearly 4,000 401(k) plans sheds some light on current plan design trends in the small-plan market. The survey of 3,975 small-business 401(k) plans focused on common practices in two plan design areas: contributions and eligibility requirements. It was conducted by Employee... READ MORE