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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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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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Top Fiduciary Stories in 2009

The topsy-turvy 2009 provided some of the biggest fiduciary stories in years. Which do you think rates as the most important?

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Inside the Numbers: Why Every 401k Fiduciary Must Read This Report

Brightscope Co-Founder Mike Alfred reveals a piece of good news for small 401k plans and makes a surprising comment on just how important a plan’s investment menu really is – or isn’t.

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3 Reasons the SEC’s New 12(b)-1 Stance May Increase 401k Fiduciary Liability

The SEC does the right thing, and some 401k fiduciaries may find they’ve been doing the wrong thing.

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10 Questions the DOL Wants the ERISA Fiduciary to Ask About 401k Fees

The DOL admits, due to the number of variables involved, there’s no easy way to calculate the fees and expenses paid by your 401(k) plan. You might be surprised who the DOL suggests trying to find the answers to the following ten questions from.

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3 Pointed Questions Determine If New DOL Decision on the 401k Investment-Advice Rule Increases Your Fiduciary Liability

Worried while Washington fiddles? These three vital questions might just help you determine if today’s DOL ruling will increase your personal fiduciary liability.

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Michael Krause of AltaVista Research Explains the Evolution of Indexing

If the evolution of indexing over the decades tells us anything, it tells us today’s budding index products “are not your father’s” index.

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Exclusive Interview with BrightScope, Inc. Co-Founder Mike Alfred on Rating Target Date Funds.

Plan sponsors want a more robust way to analyze. This technique may have saved 401k investors significantly last year.

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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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