When I decided to start managing our own IRA, I was surprised that our financial manager didn't make any effort to dissuade me. He just nodded, and said "ok". We were being charged almost 2% of the principle annually to trail the indexes. On top of that, it's all a black box. I can't see what trades were made. The highest resolution I had was a pie chart that had slices like "emerging markets" and "global targeted returns fund".
They are skimming. That's my bet.
Old people are moving in with the kids again. At least that might present some social benefits for the grandkids.