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401k Fees

Weighing In -- 401(k) Fees, Wall Street and the Supreme Court | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business

There are layers and layers of fees for consulting, money management, transactions, marketing (12b-1), education and administration. Most of the fees are associated with investing plan assets and the administration of the plans by Third Party Administrators (TPAs).

Why Public Pensions Matter to Us All

Robert Hiltonsmith | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Hiltonsmith

The assets owned by public pension funds represent the largest pool of financial assets held by the public, and the size of this pool -- more than $5 trillion -- gives the public an important and influential channel of influence on the private sector as one of its largest investors, and they are using that influence to create a more equitable and sustainable private-sector economy.

4 Ways to Supercharge Your 401(k) Returns

David A. Dedman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

There are a few things you can do to improve your 401(k) performance. No, it doesn't involve the exciting world of day-trading your 401(k)! Plus, you don't have to be an expert at picking investments either. You just need to do a few small things, and none of them will cost you money!

How Your Employer Could Be Losing You Thousands of Dollars

Jennifer Erickson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Money
Jennifer Erickson

Employers might not be paying much attention to the fraction of a percentage point in fees that separate many 401(k) plan providers, but they should.

5 Things You Should Know About Your 401(k)

David A. Dedman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

The majority of Americans have access to a 401(k) plan at work. In this article, I'm going to clue you in on a few things you need to know.

Day Trading Your 401(k)? 6 Reasons To Stop Now

David A. Dedman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Are you day trading your 401(k) at work? Shame on you! We all know that day trading is a recipe for disaster. Or do we?

Mark Gongloff

Frontline: Wall Street Fees Draining Retirement Savings Of American Families | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

Wall Street has made it far more likely that you will spend at least some of your golden years eating Fancy Feast. A new Frontline documentary, "Th...

The Top 3 Investing Lessons Americans Must Start Learning

Tim Chen | Posted 06.22.2013 | Business
Tim Chen

As more and more retail investors prepare to take the stock market plunge, it's alarming to learn that America's collective investing knowledge is bad - very bad.

Online Financial Advisors: Are They Worth It?

Catherine New | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money
Catherine New

Retirement plans are like sausage. I want mine to be fat and juicy, and until recently I really didn't care how it was made. But then I got a peek at ...

Stop the Carnage

Dan Solin | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

A key reason for the low balances of the even those at the top of the pecking order for 401(k) plans is unconscionable fees imposed by the mutual fund industry.

Four Things To Look For In Your 401(k) Disclosure

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 09.05.2012 | Money

BOSTON — It's easy to overlook what's important when it comes to saving money. Many people would sooner clip a toothpaste coupon than review their r...

Beware: Your 401(k) Plan Has Hidden Fees!

SaveUp | Posted 09.01.2012 | Money

The importance of keeping investment fees low is a good rule of thumb, not limited to 401(k) plans. We want to be mindful of the fees we pay when it comes to any investment.

Important 401k Change Takes Effect Sunday

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.29.2012 | Money

-- Federal disclosure rules that go into effect Sunday will make it easier for workers and retirees to see how much their 401(k) accounts are being d...

Why You'll Be Shocked By Your Retirement Fund Come November

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2012 | Money

* Nov 15 will be the first time people see what they pay * 70 pct don't know they pay fees for 401(k) plans-survey * Exp...

A Perfect Failure: Why the 401(k) Has Been a Flop

David Callahan | Posted 08.07.2012 | Money
David Callahan

It is easy to forget that 401(k) plans have only been around for three decades. We have learned a lot in that period, and the jury is now in: The 401(k) experiment has failed. This system does a better job of enriching the financial sector than in providing retirement security to Americans.

Greed vs. Retirement Security: Excessive 401(k) Fees

David Callahan | Posted 07.31.2012 | Money
David Callahan

So what happens in a marketplace when buyers lack information and can't easily exercise consumer choice? Sellers can charge whatever they want. And this is pretty much the case in the 401(k) marketplace.

What You Need To Know About Your Retirement Plan

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2012 | Money

* Providers ask for one-year transition * With two months left, firms fret By Jessica Toonkel ...

How Social Media Helps the 401(k) Investor

Beverly Macy | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
Beverly Macy

Social media has changed nearly everything we do -- 401(k) questions are no exception. These days, when something doesn't seem right, savvy investors take to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs to discuss and get answers.

Psst! Your 401(k) Is Ripping You Off

SmartMoney | Ian Salisbury | Posted 03.21.2012 | Money

This article originally appeared on America's conversion to the 401(k) plan has certainly created a new world for future retirees, w...

Your 401(k) Investment and the Fees That Should Matter to You

Scott Holsopple | Posted 05.16.2012 | Money
Scott Holsopple

If you've read or watched the news recently, you may have come across headlines discussing the Department of Labor's new 401(k) fee disclosure rules.

The Big Flaw in 401(k) Reform

Dan Solin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Why do we assume employees can be skilled investment advisers? We need reform that makes the process of making investment selections in 401(k) plans foolproof. Current reform just doesn't cut it.

Shining a Bright Light on a Dark 401(k) Secret

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

The existing 401(k) system is a scam far greater than anything Bernie Madoff could have conceived. But a new website may change everything.