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Traditional Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan vs. QACA – How to Choose

Traditional Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan vs. QACA – How to Choose

By: Eric Droblyen

August 21st 2019

There are two basic types of safe harbor 401(k) plans available today – traditional and QACA. Business owners should understand their differences.
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401(k) Fee Study: What Does a Fiduciary-Grade Advisor Cost?

401(k) Fee Study: What Does a Fiduciary-Grade Advisor Cost?

By: Eric Droblyen

August 7th 2019

Our fee study of 753 fiduciary-grade financial advisors shows impartial advice reduces the total cost of a 401(k) plan. Employers should not settle for less.
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Revenue Sharing - 5 Reasons for 401(k) Fiduciaries to Avoid it

Revenue Sharing - 5 Reasons for 401(k) Fiduciaries to Avoid it

By: Eric Droblyen

July 24th 2019

Revenue sharing makes it harder than necessary to meet 401(k) fiduciary responsibilities. Employers should pay direct 401(k) fees instead.
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The SPIVA Scorecard – A Must-Read for 401(k) Fiduciaries

The SPIVA Scorecard – A Must-Read for 401(k) Fiduciaries

By: Eric Droblyen

July 10th 2019

The SPIVA Scorecard measures the percentage of active funds that outperform their market benchmark over specific periods of time, net of fees. Most don't.
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Switching 401(k) Providers? What to Expect and Pitfalls to Avoid

Switching 401(k) Providers? What to Expect and Pitfalls to Avoid

By: Eric Droblyen

June 26th 2019

To lower your 401k fees, you may need to replace your plan provider. This move can seem daunting until you understand the process and the pitfalls to avoid.
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Employers Must Avoid 401(k) Providers They Can't Understand

Employers Must Avoid 401(k) Providers They Can't Understand

By: Eric Droblyen

June 12th 2019

Avoiding 401k fiduciary liability can be easy. You just need a basic understanding of your fiduciary responsibilities and an easy-to-monitor plan provider.
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The SECURE Act and RESA - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The SECURE Act and RESA - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By: Eric Droblyen

May 29th 2019

Congress wants to expand workplace retirement plan coverage. The SECURE Act and RESA aim to do that. They offer 401(k) reform, but won't expand coverage.
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401(k) Rollovers: When One is in Your Best Interest

401(k) Rollovers: When One is in Your Best Interest

By: Eric Droblyen

May 15th 2019

After leaving a job, you must decide what to do with your 401(k) account. A rollover may or may not be in your best interest. Here's how to decide.
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401(k) Mutual Funds – Pay Attention to Share Class!

401(k) Mutual Funds – Pay Attention to Share Class!

By: Eric Droblyen

May 1st 2019

Mutual funds are often available in multiple share classes. To serve the best interest of 401k participants, the least expensive share class should be used.
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It's Too Easy to Conceal 401k Fees – We Need 408b-2 Reform

It's Too Easy to Conceal 401k Fees – We Need 408b-2 Reform

By: Eric Droblyen

April 17th 2019

Fidelity is being accused of charging excessive, undisclosed 401(k) fees. Other providers obfuscate fees in 408b-2 disclosures. It's time for reform.
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