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FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 6/14/19

    FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 6/14/19

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FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 4/19/19

    FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 4/19/19

Retirement policy potpourri, New Jersey fiduciary, and the investment gamut.

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FiduciaryNews Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 9/25/15

    FiduciaryNews Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 9/25/15

401k Works, Hidden Fee Bad, and Investor PTSD.

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Coming Soon From a 401k Plan Sponsor Near You: A New and Improved Focus on Participant Education

Until communication education becomes generally accepted and standardized, it may be safer to rely on an Annual Education Program rather than an Education Policy Statement.

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4 Easy Steps 401k Plan Sponsors Can Take to Insure a Well-Documented Investment Due Diligence Process

401k Plan Sponsors often see due diligence as a burden. It needn’t be.

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Why the Traditional Structure of Investment Policy Statements Won’t Work for 401k Plan Sponsors

What worked in the past might mislead today. Worse, it might not include everything it needs to include. Find out what’s still useful, what isn’t and what needs to be added.

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How Recent Shift to Bonds Increases 401k Fiduciary Liability

Diversification does not protect the investor when the entire asset class sinks. A recent study from Hewitt Associates suggests events may be placing plan fiduciaries in a historically precarious position.

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How to Construct an Appropriate Investment Policy Statement in 9 Easy Steps

A written Investment Policy Statement can act as the cornerstone to regulatory and legal compliance. With this written IPS, the fiduciary has documented the justification of the appropriateness of the institution’s mission and investment objectives. From this, the fiduciary can better evaluate and monitor the institutional fund’s investment performance. Finally, the written IPS may act as a safeguard to reduce fiduciary liability.

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5 Things the Fiduciary Might Not Know About the 401k Plan Investment Policy Statement

Does creating an Investment Policy Statement (IPS) reduce fiduciary liability or augment it? Though there’s no clear agreement on this matter, the DOL has long maintained it has greater concern for processes than outcomes. Benefits attorneys often view memorializing the process through an IPS and documenting its successful implementation as the surest way to reduce fiduciary liability.

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5 Critical Components of a Plan Diagnostic Test

Conducting a periodic plan diagnostic test is often seen as an easy way for the typical 401k fiduciary to reduce fiduciary liability. An ERISA plan trustee or fiduciary will usually hire an independent fiduciary consultant to conduct a comprehensive plan fiduciary diagnostic test. Here are five critical areas to consider.

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