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Posts From Christopher Carosa, CTFA

5 Key Facts 401k Plan Sponsors Might Have Missed at the fi360 Conference

One might see the fi360 Conference as merely an industry event, but you’d be surprised what kinds of gems a 401k plan sponsor can discover there. Here are five of them.

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Fiduciary News Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 5/6/11

The SEC finally admits 12b-1 is a priority, The Wall Street Journal finally explains why ETFs might not be ready for prime-time and InvestmentNews finally reveals why many financial advisers won’t be impacted at all by a uniform and stronger fiduciary standard. Still, there’s one article that sets all we’ve learned the past forty years so far back you won’t believe it.

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5 Criteria 401k Plan Sponsors Must Consider Before Hiring an ERISA Attorney

If the consequences of choosing the wrong ERISA attorney can prove catastrophic, what are the most important criteria 401k plan sponsors should use when selecting an ERISA attorney?

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Fiduciary News Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 4/29/11

It’s been a week of reversals as popular conceptions regarding index funds and ETFs are challenged by a flurry of writers. At the same time, SEC officials try to backtrack Chairman Shapiro’s backtrack on 12b-1 fees.

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Great Info for Every 401k Plan Sponsor: Review of 401k Averages Book

Fee disclosures will become the trending topic among 401k plan sponsors and fiduciaries. It will be tempting to overweight this parameter. But if your plan has an index fund or you’ve ever contemplated using index funds, this book contains one piece of data you absolutely must have.

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Fiduciary News Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 4/22/11

Trending topics this week explores whether a popular investment product is a ticking time bomb or the Holy Grail of investing and connects the dots to lament over the apparent loss of a true fiduciary standard.

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What 401k Plan Sponsors Might Expect from Proposed Fiduciary Rules

It might surprise you to discover the industry’s loudest complaints against the fiduciary standard might also be the strongest arguments for the fiduciary standard.

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Fiduciary News Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 4/15/11

Looks like reporters might be sensing they’ve written all they can about the fight for the fiduciary standard. And speaking of standards, guess what oldie but goodie pops up as trending this week?

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Fiduciary Standard: Backdoor Solution to 401k Plan Sponsors’ 12b-1 Problem?

On the one hand SEC Chairman Shapiro wants to “put the client first.” On the other hand, she delays addressing a conflict of interest research has shown to hurt investors. Is there a method to this madness?

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Fiduciary News Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 4/8/11

For all the talk of the new definition of fiduciary and the fiduciary standard, an old favorite topic returned to trending this past week. Can you guess what it is? Here’s a hint: It impacts nearly every 401k and IRA investor.

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