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What’s the Immediate Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on 401k Plan Sponsors?

    What’s the Immediate Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on 401k Plan Sponsors?

“Hopefully,” says Reese, “this past year gave employers a better understanding of what they need to look out for to act as fiduciaries for their plan participants.”

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5 Specific Examples when “Socially Responsible” Investing Crosses the Line and Breaches One’s Fiduciary Duty

    5 Specific Examples when “Socially Responsible” Investing Crosses the Line and Breaches One’s Fiduciary Duty

The current environment abounds with many temptations that try to lure the unsuspecting fiduciary. Here are five very relevant examples.

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When Does “Socially Responsible” Investing Violate Fiduciary Duty?

    When Does “Socially Responsible” Investing Violate Fiduciary Duty?

It goes without saying there are risks when one plays politics with other peoples’ money. The depths of the ensuing fiduciary liability will only be tested when the tort bar brings the matter to court. Until then, fiduciaries may wish to proceed with caution.

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Exclusive Interview with David Huntley and Joseph Valletta: Plan Sponsors Need Template to Identify Fees

    Exclusive Interview with David Huntley and Joseph Valletta: Plan Sponsors Need Template to Identify Fees

“Benchmarking your plan’s fees is important step to carrying out your fiduciary responsibilities.”

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10 Reasons Why It’s Better to Rollover Your 401k into an IRA

    10 Reasons Why It’s Better to Rollover Your 401k into an IRA

There are any number of reasons to get your money out of an old employer’s 401k plan. Here are 10 of them.

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Do State-Run Retirement Plans Breach Fiduciary Duty?

    Do State-Run Retirement Plans Breach Fiduciary Duty?

Exempting government officials from the same fiduciary standards imposed on private providers places retirement savers at undo risk.

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Did DOL Fiduciary Rule FAQ Just Fire Warning Shot at Target Date Fund/Index Fund Fees?

    Did DOL Fiduciary Rule FAQ Just Fire Warning Shot at Target Date Fund/Index Fund Fees?

How much effort does it really take for ongoing monitoring of an index fund or a target date fund? And does that justify the fees advisers typically charge? And is this why the DOL inserted that reference in Q5 of the Fiduciary FAQ?

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When it Comes to Fiduciary Liability, 401k Plan Sponsors Must Determine if Bigger is Better… or Worse

    When it Comes to Fiduciary Liability, 401k Plan Sponsors Must Determine if Bigger is Better… or Worse

When the time comes for class action attorneys to scan the field for prospective litigation opportunities, they start from the biggest classes and work their way down.

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DOL Fiduciary Rule’s Conflict-of-Interest Split Personality

    DOL Fiduciary Rule’s Conflict-of-Interest Split Personality

The DOL’s new Rule both discourages and permits continued conflicts-of-interest.

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“Excessive” 401k Fees Often in the Eye of the Fund Holder

    “Excessive” 401k Fees Often in the Eye of the Fund Holder

Absent any objective definition of ‘excessive’ and ‘reasonable,’ does the Conflict-of-Interest Rule have any real meaning, or is it merely another potentially lucrative cash-flow stream for class action attorneys courtesy of your friendly neighborhood government regulator?

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