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5 Critical Elements Every 401k IPS Must Contain to Achieve Its Primary Purpose

    5 Critical Elements Every 401k IPS Must Contain to Achieve Its Primary Purpose

Including these will make 401k plans safer for plan sponsors and more successful for plan participants.

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What is the Primary Purpose of a 401k IPS?

    What is the Primary Purpose of a 401k IPS?

Unlike a generic vendor agreement, the IPS is a formal plan policy document that defines the parameters between the plan and relevant vendors. This is why it can also be a terrible trap.

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Should a Plan Sponsor Adopt a 401k Investment Policy Statement?

    Should a Plan Sponsor Adopt a 401k Investment Policy Statement?

Whether a plan sponsor decides to adopt a 401k IPS remains an open question. It’s not a question that should be treated casually. Every plan situation is different. Plan sponsors therefore must conduct a thorough due diligence to determine what’s best for their plan.

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What is a 401k Investment Policy Statement (IPS)?

    What is a 401k Investment Policy Statement (IPS)?

Although we’ve seen a broader acceptance of using an IPS, their use is by no means universal and particularly lacking among smaller employers. Perhaps there’s a realization that, if you don’t get the IPS right, you’ll only increase your liability.

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The 5 Biggest Worries of 401k Plan Sponsors and What To Do About Them

    The 5 Biggest Worries of 401k Plan Sponsors and What To Do About Them

When you’re not an expert in an important job that you need done, what do you do?

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A Company Fiduciary Must Ask These Questions Before Joining a 401k MEP

    A Company Fiduciary Must Ask These Questions Before Joining a 401k MEP

MEPs have the potential to do what state-sponsored plans may not be able to offer – protection under ERISA. That’s in the employees’ best interests. If many embrace this concept, September 30, 2019 may indeed signal the dawn of a new day in retirement saving. Still, due diligence remains an imperative.

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How Reg BI Changes the Fiduciary Landscape for the 401k Plan Sponsor

    How Reg BI Changes the Fiduciary Landscape for the 401k Plan Sponsor

Just as summer changes into fall, Reg BI will change the way all participants – investors, service providers, and 401k plan sponsors – interact with each other. These are the changes we might expect.

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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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Why Phyllis Borzi is Now Pessimistic On the Plight of a Uniform Fiduciary Standard

    Why Phyllis Borzi is Now Pessimistic On the Plight of a Uniform Fiduciary Standard

“In 5 years, I think investors will be considerably worse off if SEC does go forward with its proposals without substantial change.”

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What Will the Fiduciary Standard Look Like in Five Years?

    What Will the Fiduciary Standard Look Like in Five Years?

Still, if one has confidence the marketplace will drive the industry towards focusing on the best interests of clients, then a de facto fiduciary standard can emerge organically, without overt reliance on regulators.

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