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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 Plan Participants

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

To address this requires employers to do more than having a periodic “employee education” meeting. While these can help (see the previous article), more need to be done. Plan sponsors need to consider how they (and, more importantly, their service providers) deliver messages to plan participants.

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

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

Not only does the typical plan sponsor not have investing in employee education as a high priority, but they also likely don’t have the wherewithal to monitor the consistency of how the provider runs the education program.

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

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

How do you solve, for example, the problem of integration between the payroll software and the 401k recordkeeper’s website?

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Exclusive Interview: Harold Evensky: Reg BI ‘Makes Absolutely No Sense’

  Exclusive Interview: Harold Evensky: Reg BI ‘Makes Absolutely No Sense’

“I was [once] a major skeptic of the use of annuities, I have subsequently changed my mind regarding the efficacy of low-cost fixed and variable annuities in both personal and retirement accounts.”

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5 Uncommon 401k Plan Sponsor Mistakes That Shouldn’t Ever Happen

  5 Uncommon 401k Plan Sponsor Mistakes That Shouldn’t Ever Happen

A few years ago, this might have been classified as a common “mistake.” Again, “mistake” is in quotes because this is less an issue for certain plans (usually small firms or particular industries) than others.

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7 Common 401k Mistakes It’s Hard To Convince Plan Sponsors Are Really Mistakes

  7 Common 401k Mistakes It’s Hard To Convince Plan Sponsors Are Really Mistakes

Common mistakes. Non-believing 401k plan sponsors. How many of these have you seen? What have you done to address the dilemma of what to do when the client isn’t always right?

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Common 401k Plan Sponsor Mistakes That Are Easy To Fix

  Common 401k Plan Sponsor Mistakes That Are Easy To Fix

But this rookie mistake doesn’t bypass veteran plan sponsors. If they’ve grown too complacent with their plan, they may wake up one day to find out they’ve got a dinosaur on their hands.

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