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Exclusive Interview: Barbara Roper Says Mere Disclosure Inadequate for Fiduciary Advice

    Exclusive Interview: Barbara Roper Says Mere Disclosure Inadequate for Fiduciary Advice

For that to work, however, it’s not enough to change the titles brokers use – to make them call their sales representatives “salespeople” and call their services “sales recommendations” – you’d also have to completely change the way they market themselves so that their marketing messages are consistent with their regulatory status.

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Did the 401k Really Kill the Pension Plan?

    Did the 401k Really Kill the Pension Plan?

In this retirement plan version of the game “Who Killed Cock Robin?” we can identify three macroeconomic trends that slayed the pension plan, once the giant among all retirement plans. But, where does the 401k fit in?

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Compliance

Are We Better Off With or Without ERISA? And What are the Implications?

    Are We Better Off With or Without ERISA? And What are the Implications?

Thar’s gold in them thar retirement plans! Who could blame cash-starved states from trying to get a piece of that action? On the other hand, there’s plenty of blame when the regulatory arm created to protect employees places politics ahead of the best interests of retirement savers.

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Interviews

Exclusive Interview: Barbara Roper Says Mere Disclosure Inadequate for Fiduciary Advice

    Exclusive Interview: Barbara Roper Says Mere Disclosure Inadequate for Fiduciary Advice

For that to work, however, it’s not enough to change the titles brokers use – to make them call their sales representatives “salespeople” and call their services “sales recommendations” – you’d also have to completely change the way they market themselves so that their marketing messages are consistent with their regulatory status.

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Conflicts of Interest

What’s the Immediate Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on Current IRA Holders and Future Rollovers?

    What’s the Immediate Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on Current IRA Holders and Future Rollovers?

Just because the new Rule won’t be enforced until January doesn’t mean retirement savers can’t take advantage of it. This does, however, require individuals become self-reliance and look out for their own good. But how is that any different for all other consumer decisions?

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Due Diligence

4 Specific Examples When “Socially Responsible” Investing Does Not Breach One’s Fiduciary Duty

    4 Specific Examples When “Socially Responsible” Investing Does Not Breach One’s Fiduciary Duty

So-called “socially responsible” investing is not automatically incompatible with abiding by one’s fiduciary duty, however, the cases where it is acceptable are narrowly defined.

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What a Fiduciary Should Know: Down and Dirty with “Clean” Shares

    What a Fiduciary Should Know: Down and Dirty with “Clean” Shares

It will be important for 401k plan sponsors to get down and dirty when it comes to understanding the fiduciary liability implications of “clean” shares and their equivalent. Furthermore, since the most successful class action suits have involved different share classes of the same fund, you can be sure the introduction of “clean” shares will catch the eyes of your not-so-friendly neighborhood class action attorney.

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What if the DOL Wrote the Rules of Golf?

    What if the DOL Wrote the Rules of Golf?

Don Trone offers an amusing take on a current issue of interest.

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