Glencrest Investment Advisors, an affiliate of PFF Bancorp in Pomona, Calif., has found a fast-growing niche: providing active asset management to small and midsize 401(k) plans. The small Claremont, Calif., firm more than doubled its 401(k) assets under management last year, to about $192 million, and Shawn Ecklund, its managing director, said he expects to maintain that pace.

"We can reach over $1 billion in the next three to five years," he said.

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