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BY John Iekel | 1/10/2017
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series in which retirement industry insiders share their expectations for the coming year. Part 1, on the DOL fiduciary rule, can be found here. The... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 12/21/2016
This year marks both the 10th anniversary of the Pension Protection Act and the unofficial 20th anniversary of advisors specializing in DC plans. So what’s in store for plan advisors as they begin... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 8/23/2016
Each year the good folks at Beloit College produce a “Mindset List” providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students about to enter college. So, in what ways will their... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/13/2016
For most of us retirement is an event, perhaps a period of time, in the future. But what will the world of retirement planning look like then?At this year’s NAPA 401(k) Summit, our Closing General... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 3/24/2016
While the industry axiom is that changes in the DC market start with the largest plans and move down market, there may be some outside forces that will affect smaller DC plans outside of larger plan... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 12/8/2015
M Financial is arguably a different broker-dealer than most. It’s owned and run by their 150 member firms, many of which focus on the non-qualified COLI market, which gives them a different... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 12/2/2015
Bo Bohannon, Manager of Retirement Plans Consulting at Raymond James, thinks that the pending DOL conflict of interest rules will have a major impact on BDs, especially what he calls the “accidental... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 11/23/2015
Though regulations have, and will likely continue to, make it tough for the emerging plan advisors to work with DC plans, competition will put even more pressure to either partner with a specialist... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 11/11/2015
While many broker dealers exited the DC record keeping market almost 10 years ago to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest, Merrill Lynch retained their record keeping for mid-size and larger... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 11/9/2015
Opportunities and trends in the DC market differ depending on the level of experience of the advisor. So broker dealers that have the resources have to treat each group differently.Some are... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 10/28/2015
Kelly Michel, head of AIG’s 6,000-rep retirement group, comes to the broker dealer world with a rich history at record keepers, most recently Transamerica. That experience gives her unique insights... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 10/16/2015
Most industry experts agree that it’s going to be tough for solo advisors to make it on their own in the DC business. The obvious choices are either to join a specialist firm or a BD with scale and... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 10/9/2015
While there are a number of trends that could significantly affect DC plan advisors, none is bigger that the DOL’s proposed conflict of interest rule, says CAPTRUST founder and CEO Fielding Miller.... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 10/2/2015
The advisor sold DC world is changing fast and those that don’t adapt will be left behind, according to Troy Hammond, founder and CEO of Pensionmark. “Plan advisors used to be able to get away with... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 9/23/2015
Bill Chetney is often credited not only with helping plan advisors become an important part of the financial services industry, but helping define their persona as well. Chetney founded NRP, which... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 9/17/2015
Bob Francis has a rich history in the advisor sold DC market. Francis headed up the retirement group for the record keeper now known as Voya before moving on to partner with Bill Chetney at NRP,... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 9/11/2015
In the DC market, what starts up market usually migrates down. So we asked Lew Minsky, executive director of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA), an association of... Read More

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