Edelson Lechtzin LLP is investigating whether current and former employees of GKN North American Services, Inc. have been harmed by mismanagement of the GKN Group 401(k) Plan. Our preliminary investigation indicates that the GKN Group 401(k) Plan paid excessive fees to Prudential Retirement for administrative services.
In addition, it appears that Prudential used its GoalMaker advisory service to funnel GKN Group 401(k) Plan participants' retirement savings into Prudential's own overpriced proprietary investment products and into other investments that paid kickbacks to Prudential. Even worse, GoalMaker may have excluded the low-cost index funds in the Plan's investment menu available from reputable providers that did not pay kickbacks to Prudential. This resulted in the participants paying excessive investment management fees, administrative expenses, and other costs, which cost participants millions of dollars in retirement savings over the past six years. Courts have ruled that such practices violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA").
As shown below, even a small fee can have a large impact on your retirement savings.
A study by the Government Accountability Office found that "even a seemingly small fee can have a large negative effect on savings in the long run. As shown [in this chart], an additional 1 percent annual charge for fees would significantly reduce an account balance at retirement." Click here to view PDF from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (see page 10).