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Santa’s 2011 401k Nice and Naughty List

In a Season of Traditions we proudly begin a new tradition, one in keeping with our mission to celebrate fiduciary (with a dash of mirth).

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Plan Sponsors Smile: Hooray for the 401k!

Will Congress be the Grinch that stole our 401k plans and try to balance the budget on the backs of retirees?

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Time for SEC’s Schapiro to Resign?

A Play-by-Play citing media articles throughout the year showing how SEC Chair Mary Schapiro misplayed her strategy to hold the fiduciary standard hostage for more Congressional money.

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DOL Transcript Shows a True Fiduciary Friend as Phyllis Borzi Brooks No Bull

Several early reports suggested the DOL appeared ready to compromise their fiduciary principles by harmonizing with other agencies. The transcript reveals a surprising reality.

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401k 2.0 – A Proposal

Isn’t it ironic that the very people who 401k plans were created to benefit have decided it’s easier to ignore the maze than to constructively participate. Allowing the 401k to evolve up to today’s technology will solve many problems.

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Wall Street Speaks: Fix Washington!

While the passage of Health Care Reform muted the market’s momentum in late March, the Goldman Sachs hearings proved the turning point. The folks on Main Street just lost 10% of their retirement savings in less than a month. You can’t blame Wall Street for that.

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3 Reasons to Outlaw Index Investing Right Now (and One Selfish Reason Not To) in 5 Acts

Has index investing become the soma of savers? Does it place employees – and the markets – in harm’s way? By extension, has the 401k fiduciary now assumed a greater liability?

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Time to Retire Public Employee Pension Plans

Unless and until we can break the momentum of intertwined conflicts-of-interest, the greatest legacy we’ll leave our grandchildren’s children may be an outstanding bill to pay for spiraling public employee retirement benefits.

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Time Magazine is Wrong!

If trawling litigators seek to influence friendly juries in any case against an ERISA/401k fiduciary, the Time article offers a very good starting point…And ill-prepared fiduciaries should be shaking in their boots.

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