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Non-Commission Annuities: The “New” Fiduciary Annuity Trap

“Equity abhors a windfall.” Fiduciary law is largely based on trust, agency and equity law, with an emphasis on fundamental fairness. Any situation in which a fiduciary benefits at a beneficiary’s expense is a potential breach of the fiduciary’s duties. … Continue reading

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The CareerBuilder 401(k) Decision: Three Key Lessons for Plan Sponsors and ERISA Attorneys

“If we desire respect for the law we must first make the law respectful.” Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandies Currently, we have different federal courts handing down various interpretations of ERISA. As a result, in some cases the public’s guaranteed … Continue reading

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Plan Sponsor Special Report: 401(k) Fiduciary Liability Risk Management in a Post-Brotherston World

My firm, InvestSense, provides fiduciary oversight services to pension plans, trust, and other investment fiduciaries. One of the most requested services is a fiduciary audit, including a forensic fiduciary prudence analysis of the entity’s investments. After a recent audit, the … Continue reading

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4Q 2019 AMVR Cost-Efficiency Analysis

I apologize for the delay in posting the 4Q 2019 AMVR Cost-Efficiency Analysis. I have been involved in a legal battle involving my investor advocacy/education blog, “CommonSense InvestSense.” Fortunately, the matter has been resolved and the blog is back online. … Continue reading

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Putnam Files Responsive Brief In Putnam Investments, LLC v. Brotherston

“This perverse and harmful holding has extraordinary consequences for the investment management industry, ERISA litigation, and ERISA plans as a whole.” In its rebuttal brief to the Solicitor General’s amicus brief, Putnam points out the  significance of Putnam Investments, LLC … Continue reading

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Putnam Investments, LLC v. Brotherston: The End of “Business as Usual” for 401(k) Plans

Earlier this year I posted an article on this blog, “Putnam Investments, LLC v. Brotherston: Pivotal Point for 401(k)/403(b) Industries?” The article focused on the potential impact of the case regarding both the general operation of 401(k) plans and legal … Continue reading

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3 Cases Every Financial Adviser, Investment Adviser and Plan Sponsor Should Know

Back in my compliance days, I was known for running a tight and tough house. But many of the brokers came to realize that that was my job, and in doing my job I was protecting them as well. As … Continue reading

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“Think Different” – The Often Overlooked Key Fiduciary Liability “Gotcha” Question

What is the first thing you consider when selecting investments? There is a familiar saying in the investment industry – “amateur investors focus on investment returns; professional investors focus on investment risk. Studies have shown that three out of four … Continue reading

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Investopedia Top 100 Most Influential Financial Advisor Honor

Honored to be named by Investopedia as one of the Top 100 Financial Advisors for 2019. Unlike a lot of other “top” lists, Investopedia bases its selection largely on criteria such as contributions to online media to educate investors on … Continue reading

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ERISA Litigation’s “Next Big Thing?”

I have been receiving a number of requests to perform forensic analyses on ERISA plans that include one or more variable annuities as investment options within the plan. Most of these plans are ERISA 403(b) plans due to the fact … Continue reading

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