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BY David Levine, JD | 5/7/2019
Every week brings a new story of cyber breaches in the retirement industry. Many of these stories focus on service providers such as recordkeepers. Others focus on data and payroll security at plan... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 4/30/2019
Plan sponsors and service providers already take seriously their responsibilities to protect participant data, but where are the lines of responsibilities and accountability in the event of a breach... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/11/2019
Cetera® has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase select assets of Foresters Financial’s U.S. broker dealer and advisory business.  The transaction, subject to regulatory approval,... Read More
BY John Iekel | 4/10/2019
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) entail much more than mere dollars and cents – they’re also a death, a birth, a morphing, a creating. A panel at an April 9 session at the 2019 NAPA 401(k) Summit... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 4/10/2019
So you think your data is safe? It probably isn't, as keynote speaker Kevin Mitnick, “the world’s most famous hacker” and bestselling author, demonstrated at the 2019 NAPA 401(k) Summit. ... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 4/9/2019
In today's increasingly diverse world, it's increasingly important for plan advisors to address ways to open the industry up to a more diverse workforce, advised panelists at an April 8 workshop... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 4/4/2019
Wealth management advisory firm Cerity Partners has announced a merger with Blue Prairie Group, a retirement and investment consulting firm. Blue Prairie Group is now part of the Cerity Partners... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 3/27/2019
NFP Corp. has announced that it will acquire wealth advisory firm Bronfman Rothschild, further elevating its wealth management capabilities and scale, according to a March 26 announcement. ... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 3/22/2019
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... Read More
BY John Iekel | 3/18/2019
Multiple employer plans (MEPs) are not new. But what is new is the attention they are receiving and the possibility that they could be more widely available. A recent analysis offers a look at MEPs... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 2/27/2019
Successful outsourcing of functions like investment management, legal and compliance, and marketing/communications appears to be good for business, according to new research by Fidelity. ... Read More
BY Steff Chalk | 2/26/2019
Nearly 45 years after the passage of ERISA, plan sponsors as a group are still unclear on what they look for and expect from their plan providers, which includes the retirement plan advisor. And yet... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 2/19/2019
Two key members of Congress are interested in learning more about potential threats cyberattacks pose to the U.S. retirement system and what industry stakeholders are doing to address them. ... Read More
BY Andrew Remo | 2/8/2019
Another state has moved to impose its own fiduciary standard with no ERISA exemption. The Maryland legislature aims to implement a state level fiduciary standard through a comprehensive ... Read More
BY Nevin E. Adams, JD | 2/4/2019
A NAPA Net reader recently commented, “While I have an inkling of the trends with respect to revenue sharing, I’d like to understand what’s really happening.” So this week, we’d like you to “share”... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 1/28/2019
As a firm’s most important asset, a key objective of workplace benefit plans generally and retirement plans specifically is attracting and retaining quality talent and creating a cycle of opportunity... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 1/17/2019
Fears of technology replacing financial advisors remain largely unfounded, but as digital advice evolves, advisors must adapt their tools and skill sets to meet increasing consumer expectations,... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 1/10/2019
Hub International Limited has acquired the assets of Sheridan Road Financial LLC and certain of its affiliates.Daniel Bryant, Sheridan Road’s founder and CEO, will join Hub Midwest along with... Read More
BY Martha Menard | 12/6/2018
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a 2-part article on motivational interviewing by Dr. Martha Brown Menard, PhD, of Questis. Part 1 offered an introduction to MI and suggested the first three of... Read More
BY Martha Menard | 11/29/2018
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part article on motivational interviewing by Dr. Martha Brown Menard, PhD, of Qwestis. Click here to view Part 2.Most experts agree that communication skills... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 11/5/2018
The growth and maturity of the independent advisor industry segment has brought new levels of competition among firms, particularly when it comes to attracting and retaining talent, according to the... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 10/31/2018
The new service provides automatically generated investment monitoring reports and proposal comparisons from multiple potential recordkeeper partners for any advisor looking to do retirement plan... Read More
BY Ted Godbout | 10/4/2018
When asked about the biggest hurdles they face in growing their practice, plan advisors cite identifying new opportunities, especially those already managed by incumbents, as well as managing scale,... Read More
BY NAPA Net Staff | 10/4/2018
San Francisco-based SLW Retirement Plan Advisors has rebranded as Teros Advisors.Teros Advisors offers comprehensive retirement plan consulting services including investment fiduciary management,... Read More
BY Judy Ward | 9/21/2018
A decade ago this past weekend, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Shortly thereafter Merrill Lynch sold itself to Bank of America, and AIG reached out to the Fed for a bailout. In this final... Read More