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BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/21/2015
The 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald & Associates finds that the nation’s retirement confidence continues to... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/20/2015
A new study maintains that, compared with other RIAs, those flagged as “marketing leaders” are seeing 40% more client growth, 23% more asset growth and 20% more revenue growth. So how do... Read More
BY Fred Barstein | 4/20/2015
Charlie Nelson, who led the retirement business of Great-West through its integration with Empower Retirement, will join Voya Financial as CEO of Retirement on May 1.In his new role, the 54-year-old... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/20/2015
A 2014 survey found that three-quarters of advisors are using social media for business, and two-thirds have gained new clients via social media — up from 49% in 2013.The 2014 Putnam... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/17/2015
FINRA's Board of Governors decided to move forward with proposed changes to the industry-funded regulatory group's "Communications with the Public' rules at its April 16 meeting.... Read More
BY Don Trone | 4/17/2015
A requisite for leadership is courage — you can’t lead without it. Good character, competence, a sense of purpose and being passionate about what you believe is right are all critical,... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/16/2015
It’s not altogether clear (to me at least) what insights one might glean from the answer(s) to that particular interview question. Of course, that might explain why it was voted the... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/16/2015
In the wake of several EEOC lawsuits regarding employer-based wellness programs, the Obama administration has issued guidance on how to avoid running afoul of nondiscrimination laws.As advisors know... Read More
BY John Ortman | 4/16/2015
The financial services industry may well have gotten a sneak peek recently at how Democrats — including the party’s nominee for president — may well use financial industry reforms... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/16/2015
For one-in-five working Americans, issues with personal finances have become a distraction at work, particularly for Gen X and Gen Y employees.A full 37% say they spend three hours or more thinking... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/15/2015
The Department of Labor’s long-awaited fiduciary reproposal claims to protect consumers from “conflicts of interest” in retirement advice — but at what cost?While initial... Read More
BY Michael Bushnell | 4/15/2015
We’ve come a long way from the Atari and Commodore 64 days. Today, nearly every working-age American has a super computer in their pockets, with the ability to download thousands of games in... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/15/2015
Industry insider and fiduciary geek Pete Swisher has penned a timely and insightful piece on the history and potential future impact of the Department of Labor’s new “conflict of interest... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/15/2015
Wellness programs are all the rage, but if your plan sponsor clients want to get unhealthy workers to participate, they’re going to have to spend some money.According to an analysis by the... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/14/2015
It’s been a long time coming, but after a nearly five-year odyssey the Department of Labor on April 14 unveiled a proposed regulation that redefines who a plan fiduciary is — and makes it... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/14/2015
Last week I highlighted three “myths” about the retirement system that will not die — all the more distressing because they are perpetuated by retirement industry pundits. Here are... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/13/2015
When choosing a new fund, which DCIOs do plan sponsors consider? According to a recent Cogent survey of 620 plan sponsors, Vanguard has replaced Fidelity as the most likely choice. Newcomers to... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/13/2015
Years back, a friend of mine told me about an outlandish interview question.The question was simply this; if you could be any kind of tree, what kind would you be — and why?Now, as such... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/10/2015
A new survey of small business owners has uncovered a surprising consequence of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on their operations — a trend to increase employer contributions to their... Read More
BY Don Trone | 4/10/2015
Do you want to stand out from your competitors? Here are seven ways to set yourself apart:1. Lead. Every successful and worthwhile endeavor has a leadership component, and advising a 401(k) plan is... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/9/2015
How would you react if the star manager for your plan’s only fixed income option left his firm? How would you address inadequate savings in your DC plan? Your DB plan has dropped to a 70%... Read More
BY Michael Bushnell | 4/9/2015
Technology and marketing, with external wholesalers working in concert with internals, marketing and product people as well as key accounts, will benefit the highly productive “star”... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/9/2015
There are a lot of things that can shake one’s confidence about retirement readiness — but American workers may be their own worst enemies.According to this week’s poll of NAPA Net... Read More
BY John Ortman | 4/8/2015
As part of its exam cycle, the SEC is reviewing the “entire spectrum of 12b-1 fees,” according Marc Wyatt, deputy director of the agency’s Office of Compliance Inspections and... Read More
BY Michael Bushnell | 4/8/2015
As businesses continue to recover from the Great Recession, the number of employers that offer retirement plans has nearly returned to pre-crisis levels, according to a new survey from the... Read More