Here’s what clients can expect to pay in 401(k) fees

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Here’s what the average American typically pays in 401(k) fees
Assets in 401(k) plans currently amount to $5.7 trillion, representing 20% of the total retirement savings in the U.S., according to an ICI survey in this article from CNBC. Although 401(k) plans are widely used, more than one-third of American workers think that they pay no 401(k) fees, the survey found. Findings from a separate analysis show 401(k) participants pay an average of 0.45% in overall costs, the article says.

Do your clients need a revocable trust?
A revocable trust can be a great tool for estate planning, as it offers clients many advantages, according to an article in Kiplinger. A revocable trust allows clients to skip the probate court process, avoid conservatorship, gain greater flexibility and ensure privacy. However, this type of trust does not offer any tax benefits, and clients should plan carefully if they opt to place their retirement accounts into a trust.

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4 pieces of retirement advice clients should question
Clients should not believe every retirement tip they get, as not all advice can help boost their prospects, according to an article in The Washington Post. For example, it is not advisable for seniors to carry a mortgage into retirement. Clients will also be better off saving both for their child’s education and their retirement than saving for only one of the two, according to the article. Filing for Social Security early is not always a poor financial move.

Best passive fund returns of the decade
Fees were nearly half the price of the top-performing active funds.

What kind of retirement saver is your client?
Passive savers are more inclined to depend on auto-enrollment and focus on gratification in the short term, compared with their active counterparts, according to a study found in this article from MarketWatch. Active savers are also more likely to save more than the default contribution rate, the study found. “[O]ur findings suggest that developing ways to mitigate present bias and improve financial literacy may change saving outcomes and ultimately improve welfare,” researchers say.

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