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A Fiduciary Approach to Alternative Investments: Friend or Fad?

    A Fiduciary Approach to Alternative Investments: Friend or Fad?

But is that a chance a fiduciary should take with someone else’s money? The answer is so obvious the question should not have to be asked.

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A Fiduciary Must Confront The Fears and Fads of Market Cycles

    A Fiduciary Must Confront The Fears and Fads of Market Cycles

A good fiduciary must keep a level head and know when emotions drive investors. After all, if they’re not careful, emotion will drive investors right off the cliff.

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The Fiduciary Duty to Investigate Conflicts-of-Interests with “Zero” and “Negative” Fee Funds

    The Fiduciary Duty to Investigate Conflicts-of-Interests with “Zero” and “Negative” Fee Funds

Whatever the future holds, we live in a present where there is no such thing as a free lunch; thus, the basic notion of caveat emptor continues to hold true.

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5 Areas Where Target Date Funds Increase 401k Plan Sponsors’ Fiduciary Liability

    5 Areas Where Target Date Funds Increase 401k Plan Sponsors’ Fiduciary Liability

When considering the potential – if not underestimated – liability associated with TDFs, perhaps it’s best to listen to the warning Cialdini provides regarding Social Proof: “It should never be trusted fully… we need to look up and around periodically whenever we are locked into the evidence of the crowd.”

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How QDIAs Have Changed the Fiduciary Role of 401k Plan Sponsors

    How QDIAs Have Changed the Fiduciary Role of 401k Plan Sponsors

When retirement industry professionals talk about the impact of the 2006 Pension Protection Act, you might be surprised that this is what they conclude.

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Rethinking Performance Standards (Part II – The Solution)

    Rethinking Performance Standards (Part II – The Solution)

A fiduciary who only looks at the most recent reporting period stands to make an unfortunate – and potentially damaging – investment decision… and unnecessarily exposes himself and his company to a liability that can otherwise be easily avoided.

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Rethinking Performance Standards (Part I – The Fatal Flaw)

    Rethinking Performance Standards (Part I – The Fatal Flaw)

Worse, those held accountable for the potential damage of the flaw are not these detached organizations, but the professionals implicitly promoting the festering error – regular people ranging from bank trustees hired to guard the interests of beneficiaries to retirement plan sponsors and trustees responsible for protecting their employees.

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Must Read for the Summer: Top Fiduciary Questions 401k Plan Sponsors Must Ask (But Sometimes Don’t)

    Must Read for the Summer: Top Fiduciary Questions 401k Plan Sponsors Must Ask (But Sometimes Don’t)

Would you rather have the nuts and bolts practical guide for what to ask or the theoretical questions that tend towards the philosophical? Most 401k plan sponsors are too busy for theory, that’s why they’ll prefer to focus on these questions.

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Yes, Separately Managed 401k Account Pose Risks to Plan Sponsors, But These Steps Can Reduce Their Fiduciary Liability

    Yes, Separately Managed 401k Account Pose Risks to Plan Sponsors, But These Steps Can Reduce Their Fiduciary Liability

“As more employees find their 401k accounts growing to more than one million dollars, there will be a greater desire for employees to gain greater control over their own future. Plan sponsors should become more aware of the consequences of providing these kinds of options and how best to mitigate the liability risk associated with them.”

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How a Fiduciary Answers the Individual Stocks vs. Mutual Fund Question

    How a Fiduciary Answers the Individual Stocks vs. Mutual Fund Question

If you’re a fiduciary and you haven’t ask this question, you might want to read this before you make your next decision.

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