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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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Exclusive Interview: Barbara Roper Says Mere Disclosure Inadequate for Fiduciary Advice

    Exclusive Interview: Barbara Roper Says Mere Disclosure Inadequate for Fiduciary Advice

For that to work, however, it’s not enough to change the titles brokers use – to make them call their sales representatives “salespeople” and call their services “sales recommendations” – you’d also have to completely change the way they market themselves so that their marketing messages are consistent with their regulatory status.

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Ted Talks! The Benna401k Comes Alive

    Ted Talks! The Benna401k Comes Alive

The primary reasons for small businesses that you don’t offer 401k plans are cost, complexity, and liability exposure. The traditional 401k plan has a lot of baggage rolled to those areas. It’s complicated. It’s definitely not easy. For local business of 10 to 15 employees that have so many different things they have to deal with, they just aren’t in position to want to have to deal with the baggage with the 401k plan.

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Exclusive Video Interview: Ted Benna One-on-One

Benna expertly explains why small businesses face nearly insurmountable obstacles when it comes to establishing a 401k, America’s preferred retirement savings vehicle. He then shows how to re-frame existing retirement plan vehicles in a way that small business owners and employees will find more appealing.

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Exclusive Interview: Dale Neibert Explains 21st Century 401k Plan Design

    Exclusive Interview: Dale Neibert Explains 21st Century 401k Plan Design

If you want to understand how sophisticated plan sponsors think, you need to talk to sophisticated plan sponsors. For many years, Dale Neibert served as part of a two-man operation that headed one of the nation’s most sophisticated 401k plans. He explains how this plan sponsor incorporated advance behavioral finance techniques, and how it avoided some of today’s most dangerous fads.

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Exclusive Interview with Charles Field: Less Restrictive Open 401k MEPs Relieve Some Burdens for Smaller Employers

    Exclusive Interview with Charles Field: Less Restrictive Open 401k MEPs Relieve Some Burdens for Smaller Employers

“We have reached a watershed moment for retirement planning and saving.”

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Exclusive Interview with Duane Thompson: Expect the Fiduciary Rule to Go Live on June 9th

    Exclusive Interview with Duane Thompson: Expect the Fiduciary Rule to Go Live on June 9th

“As for as the pre-release discussion of the Trump tax plan, I would just ignore it. It’s short on details, which raises too many questions.”

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Exclusive Interview with Ron Rhoades: “I am opposed to the entire concept of government-run plans”

    Exclusive Interview with Ron Rhoades: “I am opposed to the entire concept of government-run plans”

The retirement world will change, whether the industry wants it to or not. One thing is for sure, though, “financial literacy efforts, while effective for such matters as personal budgeting and proper use of credit, can’t overcome the huge knowledge gap that exists between individual investors and those who stand ready to prey upon them.”

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Exclusive Interview with Ted Benna: Quits Supporting Fiduciary Rule, says “Not Sufficient”

    Exclusive Interview with Ted Benna: Quits Supporting Fiduciary Rule, says “Not Sufficient”

Ted Benna says ERISA/PBGC – not the 401k – killed pension plans and that pensions no longer make sense given our current job-hopping demographics. He also says a lot more in this must read interview.

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Exclusive Interview with Wade Pfau: Distribution Strategy Just as Important as Savings

    Exclusive Interview with Wade Pfau: Distribution Strategy Just as Important as Savings

Oft-quoted professor Pfau also says you can’t turn back fiduciary, Rule or No Rule, and there’s still no easy way to compare reverse mortgage options.

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