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Mixing Up the Puzzle Pieces

07.01.2016

This DOL’s redefinition of who is an ERISA fiduciary is the farthest-reaching piece of retirement regulation promulgated in more than 40 years. The fiduciary rule will result in more parties labeled as fiduciaries, more actions qualifying as fiduciary activities, and more investors benefiting from ERISA’s protections. Although we don’t know how all the details will shake out, we do want to share what we know at this point.

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Private Foundation Governance

05.24.2016

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act suggests that charitable organizations must find an appropriate balance between investment returns and spending to fulfill their charitable intent. With board and committee membership in constant rotation and limited resources, how do you balance spending with the need for long-term sustainability of assets to support a philanthropic mission? One word sums up this question’s answer: Governance.

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

03.06.2016

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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New Federal Overtime Regulations

10.25.2016

With the recent release of the Department of Labor’s revised federal overtime regulations, which are slated to take effect December 1, plan sponsors should be aware of the potential impact to their retirement plans. This new rule will touch more than 4 million U.S. workers and affects plan definitions of compensation, employee classifications, employer costs, and eligibility requirements.

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Conducting an Effective Advisor RFP Process

07.15.2016

Retirement plan advisors can help plan sponsors by assisting with plan design, participant engagement, investment, fiduciary process, and vendor management issues related to overseeing a retirement plan. Finding the right advisor can be made easier by following a process that includes a comprehensive advisor RFP.

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Fiduciary Update | November 2016

10.25.2016

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 deeper dive into the importance of the recent decision in White v. Chevron, continued coverage of new fee litigation, and an assortment of legal and regulatory news releases.

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Fiduciary Update | August 2016

08.04.2016

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

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Fiduciary Update | May 2016

04.25.2016

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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DOL Releases Long-Awaited Fiduciary Rule

04.06.2016

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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Historic Brexit Vote

06.24.2016

Heading into this vote, the consensus from financial markets, political analysts, and economists was that voters would opt to stay in the European Union, but a different outcome ensued. In this edition of Market Thoughts, CAPTRUST CIO Eric Freedman discusses this development’s implications for investors and the likely capital market response.

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To Terminate or Not to Terminate

02.29.2016

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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Capital Market Recalibration

01.13.2016

Capital markets have had an inauspicious start to 2016. Investor concerns about China, the energy market, corporate profits, and the path toward growth have resulted in widespread selling. In this Market Thoughts, we recap some of the recent trends and provide our thoughts on what we think it will take for markets to calm.

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The Inelegant Narrative

04.16.2016

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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