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FiduciaryNews Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 12/14/12

More taxing threats, defining fiduciary down and the failure of fee disclosure.

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FiduciaryNews Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 11/16/12

Will retirees pay for Washington’s fiscal mismanagement? Has pinning the fiduciary onus on plan sponsors been the wrong approach all along? And more…

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Fiduciary News Trending Topics for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Week Ending 1/7/11

The major media tries to say something on the industry and falls flat. Meanwhile, the industry journalists write about things that matter, but only insiders read.

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Exclusive Interview with Mutual Fund Fee Myth Busting Professor

Contrary to popular press reports, economic theory clearly suggests paying high fees is justified. Here’s the cruel irony and the greatest danger posed by the myth of high mutual fund fees: by taking back some of the responsibility normally delegated to professional advisers, an active fiduciary may in reality take on a greater fiduciary liability.

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Red Alert! ICI Reports Broad Shift to Bond Mutual Funds

Investors have decided to flee two asset classes: stocks, perhaps because of their dramatic gains in the last six months; and cash, perhaps because of historically low interest rates. In either case, investors have signaled their lack of confidence in a near term recovery in the American economy.

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Time to Retire Public Employee Pension Plans

Unless and until we can break the momentum of intertwined conflicts-of-interest, the greatest legacy we’ll leave our grandchildren’s children may be an outstanding bill to pay for spiraling public employee retirement benefits.

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How Recent Shift to Bonds Increases 401k Fiduciary Liability

Diversification does not protect the investor when the entire asset class sinks. A recent study from Hewitt Associates suggests events may be placing plan fiduciaries in a historically precarious position.

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New Study Refutes 4 Mutual Fund Fee Myths

Mutual fund shareholders can’t have their cake and eat it, too. Indeed, a myth busting professor bluntly states “mandatory fee reductions are likely to injure fund shareholders.”

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5 Rules for the Fiduciary Seeking to Avoid the Next Madoff

We don’t need more regulation to prevent future Madoffs, we just need common sense (and, perhaps, a tad bit more enforcement of existing regulations). Here are five straightforward rules fiduciaries can follow to avoid their own personal investment Waterloo.

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Am I an ERISA/401k Fiduciary?

You may be an ERISA/401k fiduciary and not know it. The first step to reducing your personal fiduciary liability it to fully understand under what conditions you may be acting as a fiduciary.

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