Skip to comments.US Government Wants To Help Manage Your IRA
Posted on 02/06/2013 7:06:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
A recent Bloomberg article stated this:
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is weighing whether it should take on a role in helping Americans manage the $19.4 trillion they have put into retirement savings, a move that would be the agencys first foray into consumer investments.
Thats one of the things weve been exploring and are interested in in terms of whether and what authority we have, bureau director Richard Cordray said in an interview. He didnt provide additional details.
The bureaus core concern is that many Americans, notably those from the retiring Baby Boom generation, may fall prey to financial scams, according to three people briefed on the CFPBs deliberations who asked not to be named because the matter is still under discussion.
The retirement savings business in the U.S. is dominated by a group of companies that handle record-keeping and management of investments in tax-advantaged vehicles like 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts. The group includes Fidelity Investments, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW) and T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW) Americans held $19.4 trillion in retirement assets as of Sept. 30, 2012, according to the Investment Company Institute, an industry association; about $3.5 trillion of that was in 401(k) plans.
The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Labor are the main regulators of U.S. retirement savings vehicles and funds. However, the consumer bureau established by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act sees itself as a potential catalyst for promoting a coherent policy across the government, the people said.
With large numbers of Americans heading toward retirement in the coming decade, the CFPB has referred internally to this concept as the rollover moment, the people said.
Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute, a research group that promotes free markets, said that while Dodd-Frank didnt specifically give the consumer bureau jurisdiction over investments, it could step in if the other agencies dont.
I could imagine the CFPB growing into a role on investment savings if it seems like the SEC is asleep at the wheel, Calabria said in an interview.
The bureau could claim jurisdiction through its Office for Older Americans, which was established by Dodd-Frank with a mandate to improve financial literacy. It is run by Hubert H. Humphrey III, the former attorney general of Minnesota.
The retirement savings industry generally has little to do with the CFPB because the SEC is the main investment regulator, said Ianthe Zabel, an ICI spokeswoman. She declined further comment on the CFPB plans.
The agency officially began work in July 2011 and has focused much of its attention so far on consumer credit products, including credit cards and mortgages. In coming months, the agency is expected to turn their focus to short-term credit products including prepaid debit cards, bank overdraft fees and payday lending.
Longer-term, in addition to focusing on retirement savings, the bureau is studying mobile payments and the plight of Americans whose credit was damaged during the financial crisis, a group officials refer to as the new subprime.
I am pretty certain that the governments help is not something anyone with half a brain would want I mean look at what a bang up job Washington has done managing their own monetary affairs! and somehow they think they can help you with YOUR retirement money decisions??? Yeah Right!
Looks to me that all they want is the authority and opportunity to get their hands on YOUR funds It is entirely feasible that when the government runs out of its own money, or they face the inability to pay the interest on their own debt, that they will come looking to get their hands on the $19.4 trillion in Americans retirement accounts.
Getting financial advice or giving the government the opportunity to manage retirement funds is something only a fool would do and afterwards they would be a totally poor fool and ultimately dependent on government for handouts as well.
Well, I have to admit that some sound advice the government is giving people now is to beware of scams
and that is prudent advice indeed, especially if they are government scams.
And so it begins.
Step #1 in implementing the Teresa Ghilarducci “all your retirement funds belong us” plan.
The government wants to “HELP” us?
My answer? NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.”
Reagan calls them: THE 9 MOST TERRIFYING WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
by taking a class and doing a little research, my ira and 401k are doing just fine, thank you... i beat the market on a regular basis...
stay the hell out of my bank account
With Obiecare they will already ave access to your bank accounts. Can’t wait to seea bunch of limp-wrested liberals get their bank accounts garnished to pay their Obiecare bill and unpaid taxes. “Wait you CAN’T do that! I voted for Obama. I voted for amnesty for illegals. I voted for the assault weapons ban. I’m GAY for heaven’s sake (oops, I’m atheist and support the Muslim Brotherhood who prays to Allah which is a god...oops thilly me; well I just don’t believe in the Jewish god)!
Obie: Sorry suckas. You swim with snakes; you get bit; now gimme YO money too, ya big dummies (Fred Sanford voice)
Oh sure! They really take us for a$$hole$! (They’re not too far off - half of the public voted for 0)
This is how it starts. They “manage” the money. They think they know what’s best for us.
The reality is, that they will take money from people who worked at honest jobs and give it to lazy slobs who vote democrat. All in the name of “fairness.”
Like trusting a shop teacher with missing fingers.
“The bureaus core concern is that many Americans, notably those from the retiring Baby Boom generation, may fall prey to financial scams”
All Too Predictable:
There will be headline-grabbing stories of people falling prey to financial scams. Horrifying scandals. The financial equivalent of Newtown.
Front-page stories, lead stories on nightly news.
Highlighting the need for government intervention.
I will come back and quote this prediction in a year or so — if it even takes that long.
All government overreach and intrusion finds some such benevolent justification. Liberals then collude to create the crisis.
...because all of those other government managed ponzi “investments” are doing so well....
What they are really exploring is do they have the authority to take your 401K away from you.
bureau director Richard Cordray
Isnt this the guy who Obama ‘unconstitutionally’ appointed?
I plan on taking my measley little IRA and remodeling my house with it. Except for the taxes I’ll owe on my retirement funds, the pigs in DC won’t get another cent.
If I might amend your statement just a bit? They have already decided they have the authority to take it away from you. What they are discussing now is how they will make you feel good about it when they do.
“I’m from the government and I’m here to help”
So now the government is going to pull the biggest scam of all.
That seems a prudent decision to me. Something else people need to think about is the inevitable inflation we will have to face. Prices are already rising. It is best to make such purchases now.
Yep. These folks always give a "heads up" on their intentions. Too bad most of America isn't listening.
Of all the scoundrels ripping off the holders of IRAs and 401(k)s, none compares with Ben Bernanke. He manipulates the money, credit, and fixed income markets to make sure that small, risk-averse savers get virtually no nominal return, and negative real return on investment.
It’s worth noting that the “consumer financial protection” bureau that “wants to help” is part of Bernanke’s Federal Reserve.
“I’m from the government and I’m here to help. Now....please bring up your latest statement for your 401k. I believe you are with Fidelity, correct?”
And this is the avenue that they will use to force individuals into purchasing a certain percentage of their portfolio as US Bonds. They want access to the Trillions in retirement accounts.
Actually it started with good old Hillary Clinton who suggested that the government take over al 401k’s.
Public union retirement accounts are going bust. They need your money to make sure the retired DMV employee can make the maintenance payment on the winter condo in south beach.
LOL; best laugh of the morning! Thx!
And now a lot of big pension funds are. In trouble and have to pump cash into them because of the horrible returns.
I stole it from Dave Ramsey....he uses this when he tells peole not to get financial advice from people who are broke.
Looks like mason jars sales will be on the up swing.
“We, your friendly government bureaucrats, have a good record on making investments of the people's taxes.”
“Forget how we screwed the stock and bond holders of GM out of their investments to preserve union benefits—we saved their jobs even if we still lost billions on the so-called stimulus investment.”
“And we don't even have to mention the enormous investments we made and plan to make in non-fossile fuels energy companies like Solyandra, Fisker and others.”
And of course, much of your money will be prudently invested in government debt instruments, low-paying, but look how secure they are. And we appreciate the cheap loan to keep us afloat and keep our government union benefits high”
Social engineering with YOUR money is fun.
Just like the EPA is helping to “manage” the coal industry.
Or, like having Edward Scissorhands pack your parachute.