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BY NAPA Net Staff | 12/13/2022
Benefits have long been a powerful recruiting and retention tool, and in the midst of a tight labor market, the Plan Sponsor Council of America’s 65th Annual Survey of 401(k) and Profit Sharing Plans... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 12/12/2022
Given expectations of higher interest rates, inflation and volatility, institutional investors enter 2023 with a gloomy view of the economy, but they do still see opportunities in the market,... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 12/12/2022
This week a reader wants to know—do you “eat your own cooking?” More specifically, if you recommend managed accounts, do you use them for your own retirement account? Oh—and one of our very special... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 12/12/2022
As the rising cost of living is beginning to affect participants’ ability to save, nonprofits are moving proactively to provide support, prioritize financial wellness tools and resources, and enhance... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 12/9/2022
Some have said that this could be the year for retirement income—a combination of new offerings, volatile markets, and rising interest rates. This week we asked readers what they thought… It’s... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 12/9/2022
Faced with competing responsibilities and time out of the workforce, many American women are struggling to save adequately for retirement, the findings of a new report suggest. According to the... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 12/8/2022
Amid the ongoing war for talent, recruiting new staff has for the first time ranked as the top strategic priority for registered investment advisor firms, ahead of acquiring new clients through... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 12/7/2022
As the economic climate becomes more complex, plan design has emerged as a differentiator to help drive employee enrollment and support the company’s talent strategy, according to new research.... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 12/7/2022
A new survey finds that, while most small and midsized U.S. businesses and their employees believe a recession is likely in 2023, most continue to invest in their employees, electing to avoid salary... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 12/6/2022
With inflation very much in the headlines, it should come as no surprise that true love costs a lot more this year. And by “true love,” we mean the cost of the items recounted in that holiday... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 12/6/2022
Investors grappling with today's economic environment are feeling increased pressure on their retirement plans and are facing more uncertainty about when they will be able to retire, the results of a... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 12/2/2022
Last week we got the final regulation on ESG investments in defined contribution (DC) plans (and some clarity on proxy voting)—so what, at this early date, do readers have to say? Yes, just ahead... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 12/1/2022
Market volatility and pandemic fears apparently were not enough to scare away younger 401(k) plan participants from investing in equities. According to a new joint study from the Employee Benefit... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 12/1/2022
The average account balance for retirement plan participants who invest through self-directed brokerage accounts (SDBAs) suffered further losses through the third quarter. According to Charles... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 11/30/2022
A new study finds that engaged 401(k) plan participants are saving at significantly higher rates than that of unengaged participants, demonstrating that getting people involved in their retirement... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 11/30/2022
As the workforce becomes more mobile and employers look for ways to attract and retain the most qualified candidates, nonqualified deferred compensation plans (NQDC) increasingly are being viewed as... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 11/28/2022
Despite progress in terms of educational attainment and career opportunities, a new report suggests that women remain at greater risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement than men due to... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 11/28/2022
Mobile apps have increasingly become the first resource that investors consult to review their investments, make transactions and conduct research, positioning digital as a critical component of the... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 11/27/2022
Rising inflation and stock market volatility are weighing heavily on self-directed investors, but few have moved money out of stocks or bonds, and instead appear to be tightening their budgets.... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 11/22/2022
T. Rowe Price's new U.S. retirement market outlook examines three broad trends the firm expects to continue to shape the retirement outlook for millions of Americans who are saving and investing for... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 11/18/2022
Despite ongoing market volatility and growing financial concerns, one area where 401(k) plan participants have yet to put the brakes on involves saving for retirement. Although average account... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 11/18/2022
Financial wellness continues to be a topic of interest—indeed, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic issues of financial as well as physical health arguably loom larger than ever. But are we closer to... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 11/15/2022
While the broad scope of workplace benefits continues to evolve, findings from a new consumer research survey reveal that an employer-sponsored retirement plan is just as important for employee... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 11/15/2022
While the U.S. ranked second in overall global financial inclusion due to a strong financial system and employer support, this level of support isn’t equal across the board, according to new research... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 11/15/2022
In the course of my day, I talk to (and email with) people, read a lot, and every so often jot down a random thought or insight that gives me pause and makes me think. See what you think. It’s not... Read More