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How Many Small Business Owners Accidentally Trap Themselves with This Treacherous 401k Fiduciary Conflict?

    How Many Small Business Owners Accidentally Trap Themselves with This Treacherous 401k Fiduciary Conflict?

It may not immediately strike small business owners that they may not have complete control or access to their own retirement assets that sit within the company plan they sponsor. After reading this, they may have second thoughts about taking any unvetted actions.

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What Will Replace “Fiduciary”?

    What Will Replace “Fiduciary”?

Regulators (including the DOL) seem intent on splitting the baby in half by allowing two incompatible business models – one fiduciary with no self-dealing fees, the other non-fiduciary with conflict-of-interest fees – to coexist within the same market. Does this mean “fiduciary” has lost its inherent advantage?

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Does “Fiduciary” Matter Anymore?

    Does “Fiduciary” Matter Anymore?

Was “fiduciary” done in by over-saturation? Or was it the victim of a super successful negative campaign? Or is there something missing in our analysis?

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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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Fiduciary Standard Quandary: First Avoid “Harm”onization

    Fiduciary Standard Quandary: First Avoid “Harm”onization

Be careful what you wish for because sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease.

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What’s the Immediate Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on Current IRA Holders and Future Rollovers?

    What’s the Immediate Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on Current IRA Holders and Future Rollovers?

Just because the new Rule won’t be enforced until January doesn’t mean retirement savers can’t take advantage of it. This does, however, require individuals become self-reliance and look out for their own good. But how is that any different for all other consumer decisions?

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What’s the Immediate Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on 401k Plan Sponsors?

    What’s the Immediate Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on 401k Plan Sponsors?

“Hopefully,” says Reese, “this past year gave employers a better understanding of what they need to look out for to act as fiduciaries for their plan participants.”

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5 Specific Examples when “Socially Responsible” Investing Crosses the Line and Breaches One’s Fiduciary Duty

    5 Specific Examples when “Socially Responsible” Investing Crosses the Line and Breaches One’s Fiduciary Duty

The current environment abounds with many temptations that try to lure the unsuspecting fiduciary. Here are five very relevant examples.

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When Does “Socially Responsible” Investing Violate Fiduciary Duty?

    When Does “Socially Responsible” Investing Violate Fiduciary Duty?

It goes without saying there are risks when one plays politics with other peoples’ money. The depths of the ensuing fiduciary liability will only be tested when the tort bar brings the matter to court. Until then, fiduciaries may wish to proceed with caution.

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10 Reasons Why It’s Better to Rollover Your 401k into an IRA

    10 Reasons Why It’s Better to Rollover Your 401k into an IRA

There are any number of reasons to get your money out of an old employer’s 401k plan. Here are 10 of them.

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