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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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Why You’re Not Ready for the Coming 401k MEP/PEP Revolution (Even Though You Think You Are)

    Why You’re Not Ready for the Coming 401k MEP/PEP Revolution (Even Though You Think You Are)

One of the biggest risks inherent in MEPs/PEPs is coordinating all of the many moving pieces. Here’s why people might be wrong to think they know enough about assembling a 401k MEP/PEP and regulatory compliance only heightens the potential liability.

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How Can 401k Plan Sponsors Better Shield 401k Participants From External Fraud?

    How Can 401k Plan Sponsors Better Shield 401k Participants From External Fraud?

Plan sponsors – or, more specifically, the companies plan participants work for – may be placing employees in a far greater cyber-vulnerable position than they realize.

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When Do Index Funds Raise A Fiduciary Issue With 401k Plan Sponsors?

    When Do Index Funds Raise A Fiduciary Issue With 401k Plan Sponsors?

401k plan sponsors can’t afford to fall victim to the lure of heuristics. Index funds can generate just as much fiduciary headaches as actively managed funds.

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Who Is Generally Responsible For Designing, Detailing, And Approving The 401k IPS?

    Who Is Generally Responsible For Designing, Detailing, And Approving The 401k IPS?

There are many different types of plans, particularly when plan sponsors pick a 3(21) or 3(38) adviser. Which service provider arrangement a plan sponsor chooses impacts how the IPS will be constructed – and how the relevant parties contribute to that draft.

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Exclusive Interview: Ary Rosenbaum Says, Despite SECURE ACT, Some 401k MEPs Challenges Remain

    Exclusive Interview: Ary Rosenbaum Says, Despite SECURE ACT, Some 401k MEPs Challenges Remain

“As far as adopting employers, I would recommend an ERISA attorney because an MEP isn’t the right fit and fiduciary solution for every plan sponsor.”

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5 Critical Elements Every 401k IPS Must Contain to Achieve Its Primary Purpose

    5 Critical Elements Every 401k IPS Must Contain to Achieve Its Primary Purpose

Including these will make 401k plans safer for plan sponsors and more successful for plan participants.

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What is the Primary Purpose of a 401k IPS?

    What is the Primary Purpose of a 401k IPS?

Unlike a generic vendor agreement, the IPS is a formal plan policy document that defines the parameters between the plan and relevant vendors. This is why it can also be a terrible trap.

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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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The 5 Biggest Worries of 401k Plan Sponsors and What To Do About Them

    The 5 Biggest Worries of 401k Plan Sponsors and What To Do About Them

When you’re not an expert in an important job that you need done, what do you do?

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