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401(k) Real Talk Episode 93: February 14, 2024

Open, honest and candid discussion on a potential federal auto-IRA program, cybersecurity risks, a possible pension comeback, the hunt for nextgen advisors and why DC fees have declined.

Welcome to this week’s edition of 401(k) Real Talk, where Fred Barstein, contributing editor for’s RPA channel, reviews all of last week’s industry news and selects the five most important/interesting stories.

  1. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal proposes a near-universal federal auto IRA program
  2. Cybersecurity firms in demand for identifying risks faced by plan sponsors
  3. Are pensions poised to make a comeback?
  4. Everyone wants nextgen advisors. Why can’t they find any?
  5. Why wealth management fees have remained steady while DC advisory fees have declined

Worth reading:

  1. Ascensus reorganizes under new president
  2. Empower poaches senior executive from Fidelity
  3. Voya unveils dual QDIA with one including managed accounts for older workers
  4. Morningstar opines on whether private equity could work in DC plans
  5. Will the DOL auto-transferability rule reduce leakage?


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