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401k Plan Sponsor Fiduciary Question: Is ESG an Investment Strategy, a Fad, or a Political Football?

    401k Plan Sponsor Fiduciary Question: Is ESG an Investment Strategy, a Fad, or a Political Football?

More worrisome to 401k plan sponsors is the potential demand for ESG investments on the part of plan participants who may be driven toward these investment products not for investment performance, but to “make a statement.”

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Top Issues (And Their Solutions) 401k Plan Sponsors Have With Investment Providers

    Top Issues (And Their Solutions) 401k Plan Sponsors Have With Investment Providers

It’s clear that 401k plan sponsors ought to educate themselves when it comes to managing their investment provider relationship. This is the broadest fiduciary liability risk area. If plan sponsors don’t pay close attention, they may find themselves gasping for air.

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Top Issues (And Their Solutions) 401k Plan Sponsors Have With Recordkeepers

    Top Issues (And Their Solutions) 401k Plan Sponsors Have With Recordkeepers

Nobody’s perfect. It’s unfair to expect recordkeepers to be. Everyone makes mistakes—even recordkeepers. The problem is what happens when a mistake occurs.

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60/40 Really Is Dead, And Here’s The Reason Why That No One Is Saying

    60/40 Really Is Dead, And Here’s The Reason Why That No One Is Saying

Among the tactics introduced by behavioral finance is the notion of “framing.” For individuals, however, it’s much easier to understand things if they are reframed into “buckets” representing specific individual goals.

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5 Key Due Diligence Differences Between Analyzing CIT Risks And Analyzing Mutual Fund Risks Every 401k Fiduciary Must Know

    5 Key Due Diligence Differences Between Analyzing CIT Risks And Analyzing Mutual Fund Risks Every 401k Fiduciary Must Know

Today, in reading some of the headlines, you’d think they’re greater than sliced bread. They may be. They may not be. Still, there are differences, and 401k plans sponsors would benefit from practicing the utmost in due diligence when determining if CITs are the right fit for their plan.

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly On Annuities In 401k Plans

    The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly On Annuities In 401k Plans

If the numbers don’t add up for annuities (or anything else, for that matter), where is the demand for these products coming from?

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Are Fiduciary Risks Worth Putting Commodities In Retirement Plans?

    Are Fiduciary Risks Worth Putting Commodities In Retirement Plans?

There’s not a sin in listening to radio shows sponsored by those selling gold and silver. It’s quite another thing to actually act on their “recommendation.”

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401k Retirement Plan Fiduciary Risk & Bonds vs. Bond Funds During Rising Inflation

    401k Retirement Plan Fiduciary Risk & Bonds vs. Bond Funds During Rising Inflation

Normally, interest rates rise with inflation. In turn, bond rates rise with interest rates. But that hasn’t happened. In fact, short rates remain at historic lows. This means folks sitting in money markets or “safe” government bonds (and bond funds) are seeing their retirement savings eroded away.

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After Supreme Court Ruling, Are TDFs A Ticking Time Bomb Of Fiduciary Liability?

    After Supreme Court Ruling, Are TDFs A Ticking Time Bomb Of Fiduciary Liability?

The conflicts-of-interest inherent in selecting proprietary funds are apparent. Less so are the criteria used to determine what a suitable process might be.

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