Category Archives: fiduciary law

The Active Management Value Metric 3.0: Investment Returns and Wealth Preservation for Fiduciaries and Plan Fiduciaries

Studies have consistently shown that people are more likely to understand and retain information that is conveyed visually rather than verbally or in print. I regularly receive requests for copies of the PowerPoint slides. So for those of you that … Continue reading

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2017 Year-End Top 10 DC Funds AMVR Analysis

Each year “Pensions and Investments” publishes a list of the top 50 mutual funds used by defined contribution (DC) plans. The rankings are based solely on the amount of money invested in each fund within DC plans. I do an … Continue reading

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Fiduciary Litigation 2018: A Pure Heart and an Empty Head Are No Defense

After my recent post, “Are We At A ‘Tipping Point’ in ERISA Fiduciary Litigation,” I received a number of calls and emails from legal colleagues and investment professionals who wanted to discuss the points I raised.  In the post, I … Continue reading

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There Are No Mulligans in Fiduciary Law

Webster’s dictionary defines a mulligan as “a free shot sometimes given a golfer in informal play when the previous shot was poorly played.” While various organizations are currently promoting various erroneous definitions of “fiduciary” and what a fiduciary’s duties include, as the … Continue reading

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Are We At a “Tipping Point” in ERISA Fiduciary Litigation?

As I went through my daily social media review, I noticed a post indicating that DOL Secretary Acosta has indicated that the DOL is ready to enforce the department’s new fiduciary rule (“Rule”). Excuse me if I’m skeptical, given the … Continue reading

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Transparency Is the Best Sunlight: Four Due Diligence Questions Plan Sponsors and Plan Participants Should Ask

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. – Justice Brandeis The ongoing attempts by the Department of Labor (DOL) and Congress to delay or completely reverse the DOL’s fiduciary rule sends a clear message to pension plan sponsors and plan participants – … Continue reading

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Sleeping With the Enemy: DOL’s Betrayal of Plan Participants and Retirees

Despite promises made during election campaign, the Trump administration has predictably chosen to side with big business over the interests of consumers. The regulators responsible for protecting the public against the abusive practices of the investment industry have increasingly become … Continue reading

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