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Fundamental Unfairness: Inequitable and Inconsistent Interpretations of ERISA

As I mentioned in an earlier post, a number of recent decisions dismissing 401(k)/403(b) excessive fees/breach of fiduciary duties actions have highlighted the issue of fundamental fairness in the courts involving ERISA issues. The recent dismissal of the Checksmart action … Continue reading

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Fundamental Unfairness: ERISA Section 404(c) Is Not Working

“404(c) is not working. It does not provide participants with the information they need to make informed and reasoned investment decisions…But it can work, it must work.”1 This quote came from the 2006 testimony of Fred Reish, one of the … Continue reading

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“Fundamental Unfairness: Defined Contribution Plans and the Courts-Part I”

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored – Aldous Huxley Men occasionally stumble across the truth, pick themselves up and quickly move on, as if nothing ever happened. – Sir Winston Churchill I provide fiduciary oversight consulting … Continue reading

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2Q 401(k) Top 10 Defined Contribution Funds Forensic Analysis

Each quarter InvestSense, LLC, performs an updated forensic analysis of the top ten non-index funds in the “Pensions & Investments” list of the top 50 mutual funds in U.S. defined contribution plans. InvestSense uses its proprietary metric, the Active Management … Continue reading

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The Active Management Value Ratio™ 3.0: Minimizing Fiduciary Liability Exposure for 401(k) Plan Sponsors

Price is what you pay, value is what you receive. – Warren Buffett A court recently dismissed an ERISA excessive fees/breach of fiduciary duty action based, at least in part, on its argument that using Vanguard mutual funds as benchmarks in … Continue reading

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Judge Judy and the SEC’s Best Interest Proposal

The SEC recently announced its “kinda fiduciary”proposal, allegedly to provide investors with protection against abusive marketing strategies used by the investment industry. Interestingly, the SEC choose not to use the term “fiduciary” in announcing its proposal, instead referring to new … Continue reading

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May It Please the Court: Justice Denied As Courts Miss the Forest for the Trees in ERISA Actions

Price is what you pay, value is what you receive. – Warren Buffett As any trial attorney will tell you, there are times when you wonder if a judge just does not understand a case or if you are just getting … Continue reading

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