AIG VALIC, a provider of retirement services, has launched the Guided Portfolio Services program for 40l(k)s and other types of defined contribution retirement plans.

Working through VALIC Financial Advisors, Portfolio Services will provide individuals with independent investment advice from Ibbotson Associates and other intermediary services.

Individuals will have the option of transferring their accounts to a third-party advisory service or utilizing online tools to generate specific portfolio recommendations. The automated services, however, charge an annual fee.

Personal Advice Rare

Defined-contribution retirement plans often offer various options to help ensure the assembly of a well-diversified portfolio exposed to all main asset classes. In spite of this, personalized advice options are rarely included in the plans, mainly due to the federal regulations prohibiting plan service providers from also giving advice to participants.

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