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Compliance

What Every Company 401k Plan Fiduciary Needs to Know about MEPs

    What Every Company 401k Plan Fiduciary Needs to Know about MEPs

As we approach clarity with regards to Congressional action and/or implementation of the Trump Executive Order, we may find need to expand these MEP guidelines. Until then, though, companies in business associations where commonality exists may wish to use these ground rules when determining if a 401k MEP is the right course to take.

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Education

The One Topic Every 401k Plan Sponsor Must Know Right Now: Fiduciary Education Curriculum (Part III)

    The One Topic Every 401k Plan Sponsor Must Know Right Now: Fiduciary Education Curriculum (Part III)

Most 401k plan sponsors will readily admit they are not experts when it comes to retirement plans. They understand they have a role in the process. They understand that role carries with it certain fiduciary obligations. They understand (and accept) that role also exposes them to liabilities. This article shows how prudent delegation can mitigate much of that fiduciary liability.

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Conflicts of Interest

Self-Dealing Ban Eliminates Greatest Fiduciary Conflict-of-Interest

    Self-Dealing Ban Eliminates Greatest Fiduciary Conflict-of-Interest

The definition of “conflict-of-interest” has become so broadly defined as to render it useless. It’s better to focus on the one conflict-of-interest that, with very limited exceptions, fiduciaries have had to outright ban for centuries. Ironically, in contrast to this precedent, it remains the one conflict-of-interest the DOL expressly permits.

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A Fiduciary Focus: 5 Steps 401k Plan Sponsors Should Resolve to Take in 2019

    A Fiduciary Focus: 5 Steps 401k Plan Sponsors Should Resolve to Take in 2019

The need for 401k plan sponsors to increase their focus on their fiduciary duties and, specifically, execute strategies with can reduce their fiduciary liability, arises from this New Fiduciary Era in which we find ourselves. Fortunately, the path to implementing these strategies is well worn. It should be easy to accomplish.

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