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1/23 Nevada is the latest state to take fiduciary matters into its own hands. The proposed regulation imposes a fiduciary duty on broker-dealers and sales representatives.  - by Cory Clark

1/22 Guardian Recognized for Award-Winning Customer Care Across Insurance and Wealth Management Product Lines - by Brendan Yeager

1/17 2019 kicks off with a huge strategic alliance between RBC Global Asset Management and BlackRock Asset Management Canada Ltd. Two leaders under one RBC iShares brand is a win-win for all. The $60 Billion combined suite offering becomes the largest, most comprehensive ETF offering in Canada. This could be the best executed strategic alliance of the year! –by Anita Lo

1/16 Hartford Funds is calling 2019 the year of the participant, advocating a measurement of retirement plan success, not effort. Measuring retirement plan success is the cornerstone of DALBAR’s plan analysis. For an independent measure of plan success, just ask DALBAR.- by Cory Clark

1/10 Lesson to be learned from the District Court’s dismissal of the ERISA complaint against Georgetown University – look carefully at the harm actually suffered by the class representatives. Representatives of a class action must have actually been injured for the class to have constitutional standing to sue. So if the complaint alleges poor performing funds, the representative plaintiff must have actually lost money in those funds. If the complaint alleges unreasonably high withdrawal penalties, the plaintiff must have actually incurred the penalty. – by Cory Clark

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News & Stories

Open MEPs could affect millions of retirement plan participants overnight

DALBAR’s Harvey: TPAs would benefit the most from Open MEPS among service providers.

The prospect of removing existing barriers to employer participation in Open Multiple Employer Plans could quickly impact millions of existing participants in small and midsized 401(k) plans.

Benefits Pro | 9/5/2018


To the Fiduciaries Go the Spoils

The word fiduciary has caused heartburn for most advisors. It is not the promise to act in clients’ best interest that scares most advisors; it is the task of proving that this was actually done that causes the pain. How is it possible to show that the motivation behind a recommendation is the client’s interest and not the compensation the advisor earns?

ThinkAdvisor | 7/13/2018


Complacency Is Weakest Cybersecurity Link: Dalbar/ThinkAdvisor Study

Despite the increasing fear Americans have of personal and financial information being stolen, most financial-services firms have been complacent on updating or implementing state of the art — or even basic — cybersecurity technology, according to a recent study by Dalbar/ThinkAdvisor entitled “The State of Authentication in Financial Services.”

ThinkAdvisor | 4/4/2018


How Scottrade Could Have Avoided DOL Rule Charges

Scottrade made a bet that the Labor Department's fiduciary rule wouldn't be enforced. It lost. But, for now, there's another way firms can keep their sales incentives.

ThinkAdvisor | 2/23/2018


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