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You’re the business owner, you love to have control. You’re excited to take on the fiduciary role for your 401(k) plan but are you really the right person? Experts warn you may want to think twice about that decision. The truth is, most plan sponsors lack the investment expertise to select or evaluate funds and run the risk of not knowing what they don’t know – something that could definitely turn into a liability down the road.
Time, effort and responsibility
Beginning in April 2017, a new Department of Labor rule goes into effect, changing how a fiduciary is defined. The rule aims at ensuring advisors put their clients’ best interests first (instead of, for example, recommending products that generate higher commissions).
For some brokerage and advisory firms, the changes mean little. But for others, the new regulation will require significant investments in technology and process changes in order to comply with the onerous compliance challenges created by this change.
It seems everywhere you look in the retirement plan industry a new 3(38) Investment Management Service is opening its doors. As regulations in the industry have shifted, plan sponsors have started to look towards 3(38) Investment Managers to help relieve some of their fiduciary risk, and they are looking to you, the financial advisor, to help them with this decision.