The retirement situation is changing so rapidly that it’s not realistic to continue practicing retirement planning like advisers did a few years ago. The new political and investment reality is leaving most financial pros in the dust. Their clients know more about these basic changes than the professionals. The demise of
CEOs set the tone for their companies in every respect–behavior, motivation, intellectual curiosity, innovation and ethics—so it was not surprising to hear that the Larry Zimpleman, CEO of Principal Financial Group ($114 billion in assets under management), my former employer, criticized some of the most innovative products in modern financial
In what is being called the first suit involving revenue sharing and fee disclosure and heightened transparency, a Missouri company has been ordered to pay $35 million to current and former plan participants. The lawsuit (Ronald Tussey et al v. ABB Inc. et al, Case No. 2:06-CV-04305-NKL, United States District
The debate over the benefits of active investment management versus passive investing remains a favorite topic of investors. Whenever new data emerges to buttress the long-established argument that index funds, which use passive investing, outperform on all measures compared to active-funds, the strategy gains more attention.
Most of the discussions about the need for greater transparency in financial transactions has centered on the need to adopt greater fiduciary responsibilities. But there is also another reason: economic. Mutual funds benefit financially from the lack of transparency. When fund companies make it difficult for investors to choose between
One of the biggest problems facing the mutual fund industry’s relationships with its millions of shareholders is justifying fund wholesalers’ salaries. This is a contentious and sticky issue for a few reasons: First, mutual fund wholesalers really don’t add anything which directly benefits shareholders. In theory, they should be reducing