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Questions 401k Plan Sponsors Are Too Busy To Ask

    Questions 401k Plan Sponsors Are Too Busy To Ask

Here’s something you don’t always see, but maybe you should.

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The DOL’s New Back To The Future “ESG” (a.k.a. “Fiduciary”) Rule

    The DOL’s New Back To The Future “ESG” (a.k.a. “Fiduciary”) Rule

This has long been demanded of fiduciaries. Nearly two centuries ago in Harvard College v. Amory, the Massachusetts court promulgated what has become known as the “prudent man rule.”

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Why Are We Seeing So Little Being Written About 401k Fees Now?

    Why Are We Seeing So Little Being Written About 401k Fees Now?

Today, the understanding of conflict-of-interest fees goes well beyond plan sponsors. Individual investors also understand how they can act as a better fiduciary for their own personal investments.

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5 401k Participant Savings Strategies That Are More Effective Than Projected Income Disclosure

    5 401k Participant Savings Strategies That Are More Effective Than Projected Income Disclosure

All these strategies can be employed today and have proven themselves effective. It’s unclear that disclosing projected retirement income will provide the kind of incentive that will work.

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To Vote Or Not To Vote, That Is The Proxy Question For The Retirement Plan Fiduciary

    To Vote Or Not To Vote, That Is The Proxy Question For The Retirement Plan Fiduciary

If a fiduciary must vote proxies, following the DOL’s guidance may represent the most practical alternative.

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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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Exclusive Interview: Phyllis Borzi on the SECURE Act, Target Date Funds, and “Discredited Disclosure”

    Exclusive Interview: Phyllis Borzi on the SECURE Act, Target Date Funds, and “Discredited Disclosure”

“That is one of the key weaknesses of the SEC’s Reg BI. It allows brokers to claim they are working in an investor’s best interest without being held to a legal duty of loyalty”

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What is a 401k Investment Policy Statement (IPS)?

    What is a 401k Investment Policy Statement (IPS)?

Although we’ve seen a broader acceptance of using an IPS, their use is by no means universal and particularly lacking among smaller employers. Perhaps there’s a realization that, if you don’t get the IPS right, you’ll only increase your liability.

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Exclusive Interview: Skip Schweiss Says Public Today “Much More Aware” of Need to Work With Fiduciary

    Exclusive Interview: Skip Schweiss Says Public Today “Much More Aware” of Need to Work With Fiduciary

“Surveys show about half of investors don’t know how much they’re paying for advice, and about one in six think they pay nothing.”

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