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BY NAPA Net Staff | 10/26/2016
The Labor Department’s fiduciary rule has led another major broker-dealer/RIA to stop offering commission-based products in retirement accounts.Commonwealth Financial Network has announced that in... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 9/8/2016
As advisers who work with ERISA-governed retirement plans already know, an adviser’s compensation cannot be more than a reasonable amount. How might that change under the new fiduciary regulation?For... Read More
BY John Iekel | 6/22/2016
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... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 6/14/2016
In a sense, the retirement industry is going through a negative zero sum game, which will only get more difficult with the DOL’s conflict-of-interest rule. Who are the winners and losers?In a zero... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 5/25/2016
Whether advisors like it or not (and perhaps due to their own efforts), fees are becoming a top priority for 401(k) plan sponsors, according to the 2016 Cogent Retirement Planscape study. Polling... Read More
BY John Ortman | 4/18/2016
While advisor fees have gotten a lot more “reasonable” – meaning lower – in recent years, greater litigation risks resulting from the DOL's final fiduciary rule may create a counterweight, exerting... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 3/24/2016
Many benefit brokers, CPAs and even attorneys also receive referral fees, with some “accommodating” BDs set up just to help these unlicensed professionals get paid. But will these fees survive... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 3/18/2016
One of the big issues for plan advisors, and perhaps an unintended consequence of the DOL’s proposed conflict of interest rule, is that advisors that work on a DC plan will not be able to charge... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 3/15/2016
At almost every meeting I attend with DC plan advisors, the question of whether their fees will continue to decline comes up. Unfortunately, the answer is usually the same.Advisory fees continue to... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 2/10/2016
There’s a difference between being paid on a DC plan and actually managing a DC plan.Consider the oft-cited statistics that of the 300,000 active financial advisors, 250,000 are being paid on a DC... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 1/11/2016
Progressive Insurance and more recently Allstate through their Esurance division market themselves by offering to compare their pricing with the competition. Can — and should — plan advisors take a... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 1/11/2016
A new survey suggests that fee review and benchmarking will be a priority for plan sponsors in 2016.In what could be a growing opportunity for advisors, according to AonHewitt’s “2016 Hot Topics in... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 10/30/2015
The median size of plans conducting advisor RFPs recently is $35 million, according to research by Inhub, an online advisor RFP service. Fielding Miller recently said that his group is filling out an... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 5/26/2015
ERISA attorney Fred Reish notes that he’s been primarily focused on three issues of late: the DOL’s new fiduciary proposal, capturing rollovers from retirement plans, and the use and allocation of... Read More