Tag: Fees

Different Flavors of Fee Levelization

As one of the first steps of pursuing fee levelization, plan sponsors and advisers should consider whether participants will be charged on a “pro rata” or “per capita” model.

District Court Sides with Checksmart and Cetera in ERISA Fee Litigation

After siding with defendants and applying the shorter of two potential limitations periods, the district court decision states clearly that plaintiff’s claims are foreclosed by ERISA's three-year statute of limitations; the detailed decision tackles head-on a complex set of precedent-setting cases, including Tibble vs. Edison

Fi360 Sees More Interest from Wealth Advisers

Previewing two new Fiduciary Focus Toolkit reports that help plan advisers optimize their workflow, Fi360’s product strategy leader pointed to increased interest in fiduciary support among traditionally wealth-focused firms.

Asset Management Fee Compression Accelerates

New research from Cerulli points to a number of drivers behind the acceleration in asset management fee compression, tied to improved automation and stronger competition; the research and analytics firm also analyzes the competitive landscape of “robo-advice.”

ESG Fund Performance Goes Under Cerulli’s Microscope

As an investment professional or a client, there are a lot of reasons to feel positive about the topic of environmental and socially minded investing, but new Cerulli research offers a reminder that not all “ESG” funds are created equal.

In Memoriam: How the Fiduciary Rule Changed the Retirement Industry

With the news emerging that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has certified its ruling to vacate the DOL fiduciary rule, Scott Gehman, a retirement plan consultant with Conrad Siegel, reflects on what is already an important legacy for the short-lived set of conflict of interest reforms.

Lessons from Litigation: Process Matters Most

When it comes to fiduciary liability insurance, having the broadest possible statement of coverage is generally best; this is because it is a functional test for determining whether any given plan official or company officer is a fiduciary.

Opportunities Exist, But Future of CITs in 403(b) Plans Remains Murky

Higher education clients with very large 403(b) plans could theoretically benefit from new laws or regulations allowing them to invest participant assets through collective trust vehicles, but for most other non-profit clients, CITs might not make that much sense.

Breaking Down Fiduciary Uncertainty for Plan Sponsor Clients

Backing away from the topic of the DOL fiduciary rule, ERISA attorney Fred Reish focused his speech at the Plan Sponsor Council of America’s national conference on general compliance duties of ERISA plan sponsors; he noted that courts have applied what is called the “two hats” doctrine.