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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 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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Are DOL’s ESG Tactics Backfiring With The 401k Fiduciary?

    Are DOL’s ESG Tactics Backfiring With The 401k Fiduciary?

Should the platform offer ESG doesn’t necessarily mean good news for the 401k plan sponsor. Including ESG funds might introduce other risks.

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Fiduciary Challenges For Merging 401k Plans

    Fiduciary Challenges For Merging 401k Plans

If you’re a fiduciary of the acquiring plan, you want to make sure you’re not burdened with any unknown liabilities. If you’re a fiduciary of the acquired plan, you want to make sure the merger process doesn’t introduce new liabilities.

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Exclusive Interview: Spencer Williams Says Post Separation Leakage “A Huge Problem”

    Exclusive Interview: Spencer Williams Says Post Separation Leakage “A Huge Problem”

In theory, 401k plans were always intended to be highly portable, but that’s not what happened. “Portability” only evolved to the extent that the most-attractive balances were picked off and rolled over to IRAs, and everyone else was left holding the bag.

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Exclusive Interview: Luis Aguilar On SEC/DOL Harmonization And Continuing Fiduciary Confusion

    Exclusive Interview: Luis Aguilar On SEC/DOL Harmonization And Continuing Fiduciary Confusion

“Perhaps the continued confusion can be expected given that the term ‘best interest’ is not defined in Reg BI and the word ‘fiduciary’ is not used in defining the new standard. It makes it harder to understand.”

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How Do You Prep For The Coming IRA Rollover Fiduciary Rule?

    How Do You Prep For The Coming IRA Rollover Fiduciary Rule?

In a nutshell, what was initially considered a “pick me because you like me” decision on the part of the prospect has been reframed as a “pick me because I sold you investments” decision. It’s a subtle distinction, but it drives the difference between a fiduciary act and a non-fiduciary act.

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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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Exclusive Interview: Ron Surz Opines on the ‘Big 3’ and ‘The Next 401k Scandal’

    Exclusive Interview: Ron Surz Opines on the ‘Big 3’ and ‘The Next 401k Scandal’

Why are there two kinds of Target Date Funds and why does that doom this particular group of people saving for retirement in their company’s 401k plan?

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The Top 5 Tactics 401k Plan Sponsors Are Failing To Take Full Advantage Of Right Now

    The Top 5 Tactics 401k Plan Sponsors Are Failing To Take Full Advantage Of Right Now

Plan sponsors can benefit from motivated employees, and the 401k plan is a tool to achieve this motivation. What precisely can plan sponsors offer in addition to the usual company match to make their 401k plan more enticing, more attractive, more motivating?

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