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DOL’s Attempt to Redefine Fiduciary Status

EDUCATING PLAN SPONSORS and SERVICE PROVIDERS TO THE NEWLY PROPOSED DOL FIDUCIARY REGULATION Click to download the powerpoint presentation. Click here to access the webinar recording. The retirement services industry is going through a historical and revolutionary change as a result of the DOLs proposal to redefine who is a fiduciary and what triggers fiduciary […]

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Participant disclosure now once every 14 months

Mar 18, 2015 — According to EBSA, it has submitted a rule change that requires the annual disclosures, now made at least once in any 12-month period be changed to at least once in any 14-month period.  EBSA has said if it receives significant adverse comment during the public comment period it will withdraw the […]

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Investment Style Box Update

Our Technical Macro investment style box update shows where the various asset classes stand in the market relative to each other. This clearly remains an equity-dominant market with the market’s core block of assets ranking at the 90th percentile versus all other asset choices. Technically, there is no interpretation lending to a bearish conclusion here […]

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The Defensive Team is Officially on the Field

Interday, our primary market risk barometer has reversed direction officially bringing the defensive team back on the field for the second time this year. This does not mean that a market collapse is on the horizon but it does reinforce our previous blog on 7/14, to pay attention and have a game plan in place.  […]

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Has The Market Become a Bubble On The Verge Of Bursting?

Financial Headlines abound with impending doom and gloom. The most recent stock market gains are creating anxiety amongst financial professionals. Three out of 5 have been reported as saying that the market may be on the verge of a bubble or already in one. But, as history has shown us, the market loves to climb […]

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Growing Concerns For The Market

Enormous complacency. No level of skepticism in the market. The CBOE Volatility Index (the VIX), which measures expected volatility in the S&P 500, recently dropped to its lowest level in seven years. At the time of this post the VIX just broke thru resistance at $12.50 suggesting a higher probability that volatility is on the […]

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The 411 On Fiduciary Warranties

Surveys show that more than 50% of Plan sponsors think that a fiduciary warranty provides legal protection from a providers investment fiduciary failures.  Buyers beware.  (more…)

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