Fiduciary

The Danger of One Size Fits All Investment Solutions

The Danger of One Size Fits All Investment Solutions

Choosing a Retirement Investor When picking an investment advisor, many plan administrators (e.g. employers) ask about firms’ fees, available funds, and participant outreach, but they often miss another important factor: the investment selection process. Even though...

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401k Plan Eligibility Best Practices

401k Plan Eligibility Best Practices

On the surface, 401k plan eligibility seems simple enough.  However, there are several rules and factors that trip many plan sponsors up in this area.  One of the most common compliance failures can be on the first day an employee becomes eligible for the plan, and...

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The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule RFI

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released a Request for Information (RFI) regarding its Fiduciary Rule. According to the Department, this RFI “seeks public input that could form the basis of new exemptions or changes/revisions to the rule and PTEs.” They are...

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Hardship Withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) Plans

On February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released its Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Distributions from Section 401(k) Plans. And on March 7, 2017 they released a similar memorandum regarding section 403(b) plans. These two statements outlined the...

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Nevada’s New Fiduciary Standard

As discussed in a previous article, the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary rule, which went in to effect on June 9, could have its final applicability date pushed back beyond January 1, 2018 to allow firms more time to come up with more cost-efficient, long-term...

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A Look at The New Fiduciary Rule’s First Month

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule went in to effect less than a month ago, and already new concerns surrounding it are arising. The first of these is the struggle of the SEC and DOL to come to an agreement on the technical definition of a “fiduciary.” For the...

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The New Fiduciary Rule’s Important Take Aways

On April 7, 2017, just three days before the original set applicability date, the Department of Labor announced they will be postponing the applicability dates originally stated in the Fiduciary Rule from April 10, 2017 to June 9, 2017, and certain provisions in the...

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Defining a Standard of Care

In the context of retirement readiness, how do we identify the circumstances under which reasonable caution and prudence must be exercised? The standard of care stems from the 1837 case of Vaughan v Menlove. This case established that the standard of care is dependent...

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Employee Investment Outcomes and the New Fiduciary Standard

When Section 401(k) became a permanent provision of the Internal Revenue Code in 1980, a seismic shift occurred in American workers’ preparation for retirement. The responsibility for contribution and investment decisions shifted from employers to employees. Before...

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