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Here’s Why A Good Fiduciary Is Not Always 100% Invested In Equities

    Here’s Why A Good Fiduciary Is Not Always 100% Invested In Equities

While some may consider this heresy, the best option for a fiduciary managing a portfolio is to include a consistent percentage of assets outside the equity markets and in assets that preserve capital.

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7 Fiduciary Duties 401k Plan Sponsors Overlook And What They Can Do To Address Them

    7 Fiduciary Duties 401k Plan Sponsors Overlook And What They Can Do To Address Them

Familiarity may breed contempt, but it also makes you sloppy. Do you know plan sponsors that have forgotten they need to address these matters?

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Why Is There No Consensus On What ‘ESG’ Means?

    Why Is There No Consensus On What ‘ESG’ Means?

It is the world we inhabit right now. Your company is good for the world because you say so. And no one can legitimately argue with your feelings.

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The Fiduciary Perils of Selling Short

    The Fiduciary Perils of Selling Short

As you’ll see in a moment, there are situations when it does make sense to sell short that are consistent with one’s fiduciary duty. Still, the dangers are there and it’s best to proceed into this financial minefield only with the most expert of advice.

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3 Reasons Companies Should Ditch Their Stand-Alone 401k And Join A 401k PEP

    3 Reasons Companies Should Ditch Their Stand-Alone 401k And Join A 401k PEP

In the end, though, you must remember the PEP is brand new. Not all offerings will offer the same advantages. Some may be designed specifically to forego one advantage to emphasize another.

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Do 401k MEP/PEPs Really Reduce Fiduciary Liability for Member Companies?

    Do 401k MEP/PEPs Really Reduce Fiduciary Liability for Member Companies?

Here things get a little familiar for companies with pre-existing stand-alone 401k plans (but may need to be discovered by those without plans).

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Why It Might Be Time To Mix Up The Line Up In The 401k Investment Menu

    Why It Might Be Time To Mix Up The Line Up In The 401k Investment Menu

Most 401k investment menus retain the “style box” mentality of the 1990s. Who doesn’t have a kitchen from the 1990s that they don’t want to remodel? Your 401k investment menu is no different.

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Should A 401k Fiduciary Treat ESG As An Asset Class, A Stock Valuation Factor, Or Neither?

    Should A 401k Fiduciary Treat ESG As An Asset Class, A Stock Valuation Factor, Or Neither?

ESG isn’t going away. There’s no way of telling if it’s a mood ring or a diamond ring. One thing is eminently clear: ESG is a product that people want right now. This complicates life for the retirement plan fiduciary.

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ESG, the DOL, and the Fiduciary Imperative

    ESG, the DOL, and the Fiduciary Imperative

The most pertinent issue may not be the fiduciary imperative, but the marketing imperative. This makes things extremely difficult for the 401k plan sponsor who may sometimes confuse which has priority. Here’s an example of why a plan sponsor might be concerned.

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Plan Sponsors Have This Fiduciary Duty to Structure 401k Plans to Reduce the Harm Market Inefficiencies Pose to Plan Participants

    Plan Sponsors Have This Fiduciary Duty to Structure 401k Plans to Reduce the Harm Market Inefficiencies Pose to Plan Participants

Despite the better intentions of finance professors a generation ago, the market regularly fails the efficiency test. The scary reality is not a question of what degree of market inefficiency exists, it’s that market inefficiency exists at all. And that can harm investors.

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