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Fiduciary Update | May 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

In this quarter's Fiduciary Update, CAPTRUST's Drew McCorkle highlights several important court cases with best practice implications for retirement plan sponsors, including a look at the DOL's long-awaited fiduciary rule, a new fee litigation case, and an assortment of legal and regulatory news releases.

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The Inelegant Narrative

Monday, April 18, 2016

Today's capital markets reflect bond yields at all-time lows, stagnant or falling earnings, and at least one major market in a lengthy bull market with few pullbacks along the way. In other words, not the best setup for investors already frustrated by low returns over the past three years. CAPTRUST Chief Investment Officer Eric Freedman provides his current perspective on this inelegant truth.

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The Inelegant Narrative

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Today's capital markets reflect bond yields at all-time lows, stagnant or falling earnings, and at least one major market in a lengthy bull market with few pullbacks along the way. In other words, not the best setup for investors already frustrated by low returns over the past three years. CAPTRUST Chief Investment Officer Eric Freedman provides his current perspective on this inelegant truth.

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DOL Releases Long-Awaited Fiduciary Rule

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Earlier today, the DOL released the final version of its long-awaited regulation defining who is a fiduciary under ERISA. The “conflict of interest rule”—as the DOL branded it—both changes the definition of who is an ERISA fiduciary and broadens the application of ERISA fiduciary standards to IRA accounts, as defined under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.​

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So You Hired an ERISA §3(38) Fiduciary … Now What?

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Plan sponsors are looking for help managing their retirement plans. In some cases, they are turning to their plan advisors, asking them to do more on their behalf. But hiring a 3(38) investment manager is not a panacea; the process of selecting and engaging a 3(38) itself is a fiduciary responsibility.

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To Terminate or Not to Terminate

Monday, February 29, 2016

Is now the right time to de-risk our pension plan? To terminate or not to terminate? What do I do now? The burgeoning level of pension risk transfer (PRT) activity for traditional defined benefit plans demonstrates that plan sponsors have been grappling with plan termination questions with increased frequency over the past several years.

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