94% of Pension Plans Underfunded: Wilshire
A low-interest-rate environment is wreaking havoc with corporate defined benefit plans.
Does Fiduciary Coverage for 401(k) Rollovers Lie Ahead?
A just-released report by the GAO on rollovers foreshadows one of the more controversial aspects of what the DOL’s revised fiduciary rule will look like, industry officials say.
Financial Crisis’s Pricetag Could Top $10 Trillion: GAO
Losses incurred by the financial crisis of 2007-'09 could exceed $10 trillion, and the effects could linger for years to come, according to a just-released report by the Government Accountability Office.
Guaranteed Income? Not Without Risk: GAO
A GAO report examined variable annuities with guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits and contingent deferred annuities, as well as the regulations that cover each.
GAO to IRS: Shift Taxpayer Exam Priorities
Correspondence exams of individual returns provide far more bang for the buck than broader and more complex field exams, the GAO found in a review.
Treasury Sells Remaining AIG Shares, Profiting From Bailout
The Treasury Department on Tuesday sold its remaining 16% of AIG common shares for $7.6 billion, putting an end to the government’s 50-month shotgun financial tryst with the global insurer.
AIG Stock Sale Could Trigger Federal Regulation
American International Group is on the verge of becoming the first insurance holding company ever regulated by the federal government.
A Chat With CFP Board CEO Kevin Keller: Fiduciary, SRO and His Priorities
Providing the SEC with the resources it needs “is the best solution" to the advisor exam problem, says Kevin Keller, but finding a way to ensure advisors face more exam scrutiny—through an SRO or user fees paid to the SEC—will be a “long-term issue.”
Olivia Mitchell, Kent Smetters, Others Reveal Holes in Retirement Advice
Surveys show millions of people want to discuss retirement with a professional advisor. But a forthcoming book edited by Olivia Mitchell and Kent Smetters points to barriers to advice in the retirement marketplace.
The Heat Rises on FINRA as Advisor SRO
Just as a government watchdog is pressuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to beef up its oversight of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Congress is mulling whether to give FINRA the power to oversee advisors.