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5 Reasons Why a 401k Plan Fiduciary Should Reconsider Using ETFs

Sometimes something that appears too good to be true really is. Professionals have long known the potential pitfalls of ETFs. Only recently have these facts become more widely known. Don’t be surprised if, like a tube of toothpaste, squeezing one problem away only creates a bulge in a different problem.

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Readers Select Top Fiduciary Stories of 2009: #8 The Fall of Target Date Funds

2009 exposed a much deeper problem with Target Date Funds. Pitched as the be-all-and-end-all to 401k investors, these funds fell flat on their collective face as 2008’s down market exposed them as more sizzle than steak. Washington might help, but a knee-jerk reaction to 2008 is not a good solution at all.

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Readers Select Top Fiduciary Stories of 2009: #9 New Research Reveals When Active Beats Passive

With the decline of Modern Portfolio Theory as the default operative model, sophisticated investors seek the Holy Grail – the theoretical basis for determining when active will beat passive and when passive will be active. Has it now been found?

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Does the “Lost Decade” Signal the End of Passive Investing?

Awful returns suggest investors should have shunned equities during the century’s first decade. Or do they? A closer examination reveals a surprising conclusion, one that might upset the fastest growing segment of the financial industry.

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New Research Reveals When Active Beats Passive

Want to know when Active Beats Passive? A Journal of Investing study may just have the answer.

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Prof’s View on Today’s Economy: Out of the Fire and Into the Frying Pan

Job recoveries from financial crises are traditionally slow. Poor credit markets and government policies continue to hamper small business and consumer spending, calling into question whether we’re about to emerge from recession. Worse, once we do, bond investors might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

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Can Commodities Hedge Inflation?

If you’re a fiduciary worried about potential liability, be warned. Commodities trading remains speculative and may not be appropriate for unsophisticated investors – no matter what the TV tells them.

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Can Currency ETFs Help Your Portfolio?

The wildness of the equity markets and the uncertainty of our economic environment appears to be opening the eyes of the typical fiduciary to more exotic investments. The practical implication may mean greater potential liability.

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3 Reasons Why the 401k Fiduciary Should Use Both Active and Passive Funds to Reduce Fiduciary Liability

The active investing vs. passive investing argument has become passé. Perhaps we may be nearing a new consensus where it’s no longer active OR passive, but active AND passive.

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Red Alert! ICI Reports Broad Shift to Bond Mutual Funds

Investors have decided to flee two asset classes: stocks, perhaps because of their dramatic gains in the last six months; and cash, perhaps because of historically low interest rates. In either case, investors have signaled their lack of confidence in a near term recovery in the American economy.

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