Retirees suffer as 401(k) rollover boom enriches brokers

I have noticed too much of the poor advice that they are talking about in this article.  If you are retiring or are retired and have a 401k that you want to roll over – beware.  Make sure that you get good, unbiased advice – from a NAPFA-Member Fee Only Financial Planner.

Steve

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Kathleen Tarr says AT&T Inc. (T) employees looked to her as “their de facto 401(k) expert.” Visiting their homes and offices, she advised them on their retirement plans as they called up balances on computer screens.

Actually, Ms. Tarr worked for Royal Alliance Associates, a brokerage firm owned by insurer American International Group Inc. (AIG) She encouraged hundreds of departing AT&T employees to roll over their retirement money into the kind of risky high-commission investments that Wall Street’s self-regulatory agency warns against on its website.

Ms. Tarr and her business partner reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in commissions and trips to the Bahamas and Florida resorts. Not all of her clients fared as well, and 37 of them have filed complaints against her, according to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority records reviewed by Bloomberg News. Ms. Tarr and Royal Alliance say the investment choices were appropriate.

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