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FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 8/5/16

    FiduciaryNews.com Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 8/5/16

Dire prediction for Social Security, when it rains it pours (for fees), and two sides of the same investment coin.

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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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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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Time Magazine is Wrong!

If trawling litigators seek to influence friendly juries in any case against an ERISA/401k fiduciary, the Time article offers a very good starting point…And ill-prepared fiduciaries should be shaking in their boots.

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ICI Memo Reveals What the Industry Wants the ERISA/401k Fiduciary to Disclose

One of the biggest liability risks facing the ERISA/401k plan fiduciary derive from the inability to properly disclose and educate plan participants. The primary reason for this gap may be due to lack of specifics from the DOL regarding plan document contents and distribution of key information to participants. The suggestions offered by the ICI should help remedy this gap.

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Never Buy a Bond Mutual Fund Thinking it’s a Bond

Don’t ever buy a bond fund thinking you are diversifying into fixed-income assets. A bond fund more closely approximates an income-oriented equity fund than it does a fixed-income asset.

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Is Supreme Court About to Mislead 401k Investors & Fiduciaries?

The Supreme Court will raise the visibility of the fee structure within the investments of nearly half of all 401k plan assets. Just because the powers that be say it’s so, doesn’t necessary mean your average fiduciary can rely on the decree. Indeed, the Supreme Court of the United States appears poised rule in favor of mutual fund shareholders, yet, at the same time, mislead both 401k investors and fiduciaries.

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10 Useful DOL Tips for Employers with Retirement Plans

Understanding fiduciary responsibilities is important for the security of a retirement plan and compliance with the law. Here are 10 tips excerpted from the United States Department of Labor booklet “Meeting Your Fiduciary Responsibilities” that may be a helpful starting point.

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