3(16), 3(21) and 3(38) Fiduciary Services – what are they all about?

Short answer – for our clients, wasting money.  See below for more info. 3(16) services are administrative services performed by someone else on behalf of the Plan Administrator (usually the employer) – essentially, outsourcing administrative duties such as maintaining and interpreting the plan document, providing notices, etc.  We do all of this for our clients, […]

Latest (latest!) on the fiduciary rule

As discussed in an earlier blogpost (and here, and here), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, covering Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, determined that the rule is impermissible (by a 2-1 vote on a 3 judge panel).  Several organizations, including AARP, requested standing as defendants but those motions were denied, and the Department of Labor, which […]

Alternative investments in retirement plans

Are they a good idea?  Generally, no, let’s dive in… A simple yet usable definition of “alternative investments” is:  anything that doesn’t show up on a statement from a bank, brokerage firm or similar financial institution.  Some example are:  real estate, privately held mortgages, collectibles, and precious metals. Most plans will permit these assets, but […]