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The Fiduciary Futility Of 401k Fees

    The Fiduciary Futility Of 401k Fees

Oddly, it’s usually the opposite for mutual funds. Actively managed (higher operating cost) funds tend to perform better during market downturns. Passive (lower operating cost) funds, on the other hand, generally perform better during growth markets.

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A 401k Plan Sponsor Fiduciary Puzzle: Are Low Fees High Risk?

    A 401k Plan Sponsor Fiduciary Puzzle: Are Low Fees High Risk?

You cannot understate the fiduciary aspect of lower fees. Most 401k plan sponsors, and especially those in smaller plans, don’t have the time or expertise to administer their company’s retirement plan. If they skimp on fees, are they also skimping on the fiduciary protection those professionals are supposed to provide?

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Hughes v. Northwestern, Anyone? Why Don’t TSP Participants Deserve ERISA Fiduciary Protections?

    Hughes v. Northwestern, Anyone? Why Don’t TSP Participants Deserve ERISA Fiduciary Protections?

Even if ERISA does not cover the Thrift Savings Plan, it’s worth noting the exercise of this discussion may be worthwhile to those actually do bear ERISA fiduciary responsibility.

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If You Meet Your Objectives, Does It Make Sense To Worry About Fees?

    If You Meet Your Objectives, Does It Make Sense To Worry About Fees?

While diligence is to be applauded, that’s not to say you can’t carry it to an extreme. If fact, some folks are so hung up on fees, they sometimes fail to see the bigger picture.

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When It Comes To Fees, How Does A 401k Fiduciary Measure Value?

    When It Comes To Fees, How Does A 401k Fiduciary Measure Value?

Clearly, you wouldn’t pay more for 2 apples if you could get 3 for the same price, but would you pay more to get 2 oranges instead?

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Taking a Fiduciary Holistic Approach: How Can 401k Participant Data Be Used?

    Taking a Fiduciary Holistic Approach: How Can 401k Participant Data Be Used?

Despite this, 401k plan sponsors can better protect their employees, even when it comes to personal data, because that data is only acquired within the context of the service provider’s relationship to the plan.

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Where and When Do 401k Fees Still Matter?

    Where and When Do 401k Fees Still Matter?

You can squeeze a tube of toothpaste all you want, but that doesn’t change how much toothpaste it holds. Are we experiencing the same thing with 401k fees, or are they really dropping as much as we think? And, if they are dropping, are they dropping for the right reasons?

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How 401k Plan Sponsor Fiduciary Liability Changes When Retaining Retiree Assets

    How 401k Plan Sponsor Fiduciary Liability Changes When Retaining Retiree Assets

Once a person enters retirement, the number of scenarios proliferate. Unless the plan sponsor is a financial professional, it’s going to be a challenge to quickly comprehend all these options.

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Why Are We Seeing So Little Being Written About 401k Fees Now?

    Why Are We Seeing So Little Being Written About 401k Fees Now?

Today, the understanding of conflict-of-interest fees goes well beyond plan sponsors. Individual investors also understand how they can act as a better fiduciary for their own personal investments.

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Fiduciary Lessons from Ken Fisher Fallout

    Fiduciary Lessons from Ken Fisher Fallout

Therein lies the conundrum. In the current environment, it may be far easier to overlook the failure to meet benchmarks with adequate consistency than it is to ignore the du jour ad hoc definition of woke.

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