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Just a Thought: Is 401(k) Chaos Coming?

The 1st Circuit just handed down what in my opinion is one of the best well-reasoned and well-written opinions I have read in my 36 years of practicing law. If you practice in the 401(k)/403(b) arena, you should do yourself … Continue reading

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The Case for Liability-Driven Investing

I was recently interviewed by Robin Powell for “The Evidence-Based Investor,” a U.K.-based blog. Robin is a highly respected journalist and one the leaders of the evidence-based investment movement. The topic of our discussion was the investment litigation trend in … Continue reading

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May It Please the Court: Vanguard Funds As ERISA Benchmarks Study

InvestSense – The art of combining sound, proven investment strategies with common sense. I recently posted an article on one of my blogs discussing my concerns over some of the reasons given by some courts for dismissing actions against 401(k) … 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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