Perspectives by Matt Smith

The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Retirement Plan Advisers



Matt Smith’s full series of columns:

Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Retirement Plan Advisers

Don’t Fall For the Experience and Intuition Trap

Do Your Best to Move Beyond “Doing Your Best’

Cast a Broader Net, Catch a lot of Suckerfish

Direct Marketing Often Fails the Viral Test

Don’t Confuse Sales Activities with Verifiable Advances

Avoid Being a Low-Cost-Provider Commodity

Let AUM Guide You at Your Peril



Matt Smith is managing director of retirement services with Russell Investment Group. He is responsible for DC research and strategic development of Russell’s defined contribution investment management business in the United States. Smith joined Russell in 2001. Over his 20+ year career, Matt’s experience spans the spectrum of the qualified plan business. Prior to joining Russell, Matt held the position of vice president and general manager of ADP’s west coast retirement services operations.

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