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Plan Sponsor Council of America Releases 403(b) Plan Survey

The Plan Sponsor Council of America, an association of 1,200 companies who offer retirement plans, released its 2013 403(b) plan survey recently. The survey was sponsored by Principal Financial Group and reports on the 2012 plan-year experience of 573 not-for-profit organizations. The survey underscores that many employers continue to struggle with their fiduciary duties to […]

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401(k) Fees for Mutual Funds at 15 Year Low

According to the Investment Company Institute (“ICI”), a mutual fund industry group, the average expense ratios for equity, bond, and hybrid mutual funds fell to their respective lowest levels in 2012. The ICI arrived at this conclusion by comparing the average expense ratio of each mutual fund category to data it had compiled over the […]

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Mark G. Boyko of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP, Recognized as a 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer Rising Star

Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP is proud to announce that Mark G. Boyko has been recognized as a 2013 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer® Rising Star. Super Lawyers® recognizes attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This is the second year in a row Mark Boyko has received this award. […]

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Seventh Circuit Favors 401(k) Plan Investors in Dispute Against Lockheed Martin

  On August 7, 2013, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision in Abbott v. Lockheed Martin, unanimously overturning an earlier denial of class certification in a case concerning one of the country’s largest 401(k) plans. Judge Diane Wood, writing for a panel of Judges, ruled that a class could be certified […]

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Employee Protections Regarding Socially Responsible Retirement Plans

Increasingly, 401(k) and 403(b) plans have added socially responsible or environmentally green funds to lineups, as these funds have been increasingly willing to pay kickbacks — called revenue sharing — to plan recordkeepers. To the Department of Labor, these funds are part of a broad category of investments called “economically targeted investments”, which the DOL […]

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