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The Fundster 401k Roundup, April 12-May 3

DC I-O Dispatches

On the DC I-O side of the business, a publicly traded bank's asset management is now talking to plan sponsors and distributors about a new kind of non-guaranteed retirement income product.

Michael Shaughnessy Alfred
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The Invesco-OppenheimerFunds post-merger distro reorg will hit DC I-O. A top DC exec recently left BlackRock. T. Rowe Price's new DC I-O chief is hiring, while Natixis welcomed a DC I-O vet. And an ERISA specialist left AllianceBernstein.

Cohen & Steers is anticipating big DC I-O progress.

Hand Benefits & Trust (HB&T) is helping an upstate New York shop launch ESG collective funds.

RKer Reports

Ed Murphy is expanding the Empower Retirement C-suite by three. Meanwhile, Aimee DeCamillo is passing the reins at T. Rowe and joining an insurer.

Renee Schaaf, head of Principal Financial Group's retirement and income solutions division, talked about the three guiding principles that will guide the integration of their impending acquisition, Wells Fargo's institutional retirement and trust division. Meanwhile, John Moody is preparing to combine two recordkeepers' under one brand.

The Boston Behemoth is bundling 401(k) recordkeeping into a new, integrated benefit services solution for small and mid-sized businesses.

Managed Account and Model Messages

Morningstar launched a new 401(k) managed accounts platform that can be customized by 401(k) plan advisors (KPAs), giving KPA-focused DC I-Os more of a shot inside such managed accounts. Morningstar is also expanding its Vestwell alliance to offer Vestwell-friendly KPAs access to target date model portfolios.

Capital Group's American Funds will be integrated into Empower's TDF-managed account combination product. And Empower is teaming up with other asset managers, too.

Other Items

Broadridge, the parent of Matrix, has agreed to buy another retirement plan custody and trust business later this quarter. The deal is expected to boost Matrix to more than $420 billion in AUA and more than 118,000 plans, while adding about 50 people to the Matrix team.

The BrightScope brothers have reunited at a data startup focused on cryptocurrency and raised $6 million in seed funding.

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