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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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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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“Avoiding ‘Lipstick on a Pig’: Evidence-Based Investing for ERISA Fiduciaries”

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” – Wall Street saying I often serve as a consultant to securities/ERISA attorneys and 401(k)/403(b) retirement plans. I am often asked to perform a forensic analysis of an … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences: Financial Advisers and Potential Liability Issues Under State Fiduciary Laws

With the investment industry driving and celebrating the continuous efforts of the DOL and Congress to emasculate the DOL’s fiduciary rule, I have received emails from stockbrokers and RIAs/IARs as to what the practical meaning of these actions, from a … 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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The Often Overlooked Fiduciary “Gotcha”: The Fiduciary Duty (and Challenge) of Cost-Consciousness

The vast majority of active managers are unable to produce excess returns that cover their costs.1 I recently posted an article discussing a brilliant complaint that was filed in connection with a new 401(k) excessive fees/breach of fiduciary duties action. … Continue reading

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“Upon Further Review: Do We Already Have a Universal Fiduciary Standard?” Redux

Back in 2013 I posted an article dealing with the controversy over the DOL’s proposed fiduciary standard. In that article, I suggested that a universal fiduciary standard was already in place that applied to stockbrokers, investment advisers and anyone else … Continue reading

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