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What Do The New Fee Disclosure Rules Do?

…sponsors have a fiduciary responsibility under ERISA to ensure that a retirement plan is being operated in the best interests of plan participants. A critical part of that responsibility includes evaluating plan fees and expenses and determining if plan costs are fair and reasonable. The…

Mergers and Acquisitions

…both parties have serious fiduciary and practical responsibilities to consider. The due diligence checklist of issues to research, assess, and report on before and after the merger event is well beyond the scope we can cover here. It includes primary areas of responsibility around assessing…

Pentegra at 75: Still Going Strong

and pooled employer plan (PEP), and the continuing vagaries surrounding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) – especially the much-debated fiduciary rule – are all part of the practically innumerable developments over the last 75 years. But one thing that has not…

How Are RoboAdvisors Changing the Investment Industry?

…summary, it seems certain that RoboAdvisors are here to stay and will continue to grow. However, their algorithms will also require human intervention and advice to ensure that advisory firms are fulfilling their fiduciary role. Barbara Friedberg, “6 of the Newest Trends in Robo Advisors”,…

Auto-Portability: A Way to Address 401(k) Leakage

…Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code; that proposed exemption would clarify fiduciary liability for sponsors when they add auto-portability as a default process, and arguably introduce widespread adoption of the practice. RCH’s auto-portability mechanism identifies plan participants who have left an…

The DOL GoP Gap

…as they have the same trustee, named fiduciary(-ies), administrator, plan year and investment options. In theory, the appeal of GoPs is that a group of employers (unrelated or related) can keep their own plans and combine to gain economies of scale by collectively negotiating better…