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Posts From Christopher Carosa, CTFA

How Anchoring Hurts 401k Retirement Savers

    How Anchoring Hurts 401k Retirement Savers

With the introduction of the concept of anchoring, Tversky and Kahneman opened the door to a new way of thinking about and addressing the financial decision-making process. For more than four decades, subsequent research has expanded upon their idea. Yet, plan sponsors and participants continue to remain uninformed of the dangers of anchoring.

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FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 12/8/17

    FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 12/8/17

Practical discussions, wither “Fiduciary”? and understanding fees.

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Will Record Breaking Market be the Anchor that Sinks 401k Savers?

    Will Record Breaking Market be the Anchor that Sinks 401k Savers?

With a GOT-based strategy, expectations are predicated on needs, not the happenstance of the market. GOT-based portfolios may not have the record-breaking excitement of market indices, but it’s slow-and-steady-wins-the-race philosophy may lead to a more comfortable retirement.

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5 Reasons Why It’s Better to Benchmark Based on Personalized GOT Return Requirement Instead of Any Particular Market Return

    5 Reasons Why It’s Better to Benchmark Based on Personalized GOT Return Requirement Instead of Any Particular Market Return

All the preceding reasons logically lead to this one undeniable truth: You either meet your goal or you don’t. All other methods of measurement, all other forms of calculations, all other arbitrary comparisons fail to stand up to this simple, common-sense, metric.

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5 Sample Techniques to Convince Retirement Savers to Focus on Their Own GOT Rather than Current Market Returns

    5 Sample Techniques to Convince Retirement Savers to Focus on Their Own GOT Rather than Current Market Returns

In retirement planning, there can never be any guarantees. That’s why it’s critical that these tools are used continually and consistently. A magician never gives the audience’s eyes a chance to wander.

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FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 12/1/17

    FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 12/1/17

New thinking, delay of game, and moving (too far?) ahead.

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5 Awkward 401k Questions Every Good Fiduciary Must Know the Answer To

    5 Awkward 401k Questions Every Good Fiduciary Must Know the Answer To

Never belittle the question or the person asking the question. These are sincere queries that represent commonly held beliefs. These beliefs live a Schrodinger Cat-like existence, being generally not quite true and not quite false. It’s critical, for the benefit of all retirement savers, that these questions be asked and that fiduciaries encourage their asking. This is the only way that allows the fiduciary to respond in the second noteworthy way: By using these questions to refute misconceptions and promote good retirement saving decision-making.

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FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 11/24/17

    FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 11/24/17

Celebrating a week of thankfulness, for bad news headlines, continuing interest in fees, and that ever open mind searching for the “coming (investment) thing.”

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Exclusive Interview: DCALTA’s Jonathan Epstein Explains How You Might be More Familiar with Alternative Investments Than You Think

    Exclusive Interview: DCALTA’s Jonathan Epstein Explains How You Might be More Familiar with Alternative Investments Than You Think

“Casting a wider investment net on asset classes and alternative strategies, especially those that are designed to reduce risk, as increasing a sponsor’s fiduciary liability. That seems to be the misnomer, that the term ‘alternatives’ assimilates to higher risk or higher cost investments.”

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FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 11/17/17

    FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 11/17/17

Government gangsters, boxers, and fee mongers.

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