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How to Enhance 401(k) Plans: Thursday's Retirement Scan
Our daily roundup of retirement news your clients may be thinking about.
How to fix the 401(k) and income inequality in one fell swoop
A former federal official has proposed to reduce the tax benefits of 401(k) contributions to high-income workers, and to establish a universal 401(k) plan that would have features, such as low fees and automatic enrollment, to fix the retirement system. The proposed universal 401(k) plan was considered in the past, but it failed to gain support in Congress. The government could still have other options to address the problem, such as cutting the federal estate tax exemption.  --CNN Money   more »
More in ETFs
While there has been rapid growth in U.S. ETFs over the last few years, there has been almost exponential growth of these products worldwide. more »
The top three players – Blackrock, State Street and Vanguard – currently dominate U.S. ETF market share, holding more than 80% of total assets as of mid-2014, a percentage that has remained relatively unchanged since 2012. more »
Some advisors have found that covered calls outperform bonds and provide savvy selling strategies. more »
Offering just one solution, even if you're an expert on that strategy, will limit your flexibility. more »
Most of the world’s economic growth will come from outside the U.S, yet most American investors are still under-diversified in international assets. more »
"Smart beta" ETFs are attracting funds from both active managers and passive indexes. more »
BlackRock, the biggest provider of exchange-traded funds, is ramping up its fight with Vanguard Group for U.S. retail investors by doubling the number of funds in its low-fee “core” series. more »
Financial advisor use and recommendation of ETFs is continuing to grow, outpacing all other investment vehicles surveyed by the FPA's Journal of Financial Planning and the FPA Research and Practice Institute. more »
BlackRock has spent three years crafting a new type of actively-managed exchange-traded fund that's stoked optimism in the U.S. for expansion of the $1.8 trillion industry. The world's biggest money manager is confident the product will work, except the market will be a dud. more »
BlackRock's Laurence D. Fink, who oversees the world's biggest exchange-traded fund lineup, said leveraged ETFs are a structural problem and have the potential to "blow up" the industry. more »
What’s Really Behind the Proprietary Criteria for Indexes? more »
Investors looking to acquire dividend-oriented equity funds must navigate a number of portfolio options -- and a related set of challenges. more »
World's largest mutual fund company pulled in more than 90% of the more than $15 billion that investors poured into U.S.-listed ETFs in Q1, adding to fears that Vanguard is becoming a near monopoly. more »
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