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Fidelity Investments rewrites the 401(k) rollover script by allowing plan participants -- with a small catch -- to skip the IRA and have the plan sponsor hold the account post-employment

The $1.8 trillion AUA recordkeeping king eschews its own defined contribution scripture to reflect reality of inertia, better technology and the fact that IRAs are no longer yield so much milk and honey in a zero-fee, zero-commission world

Author By Lisa Shidler
February 25, 2020 at 2:46 AM
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Fidelity's David Gray: Some of the conventional thinking that 401(k) plan was cheaper than brokerage accounts continues to evolve.

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Ron A Rhoades

Ron A Rhoades

February 28, 2020 — 9:55 PM
Is limiting the fund choices available to a retiree in an ERISA-covered plan to Fidelity's proprietary TDF funds a breach of the plan sponsor's fiduciary obligations? In my opinion ... yes. No plan sponsor should permit Fidelity to impose such a condition. Plan sponsors should provide a range of investment options to all employees - each selected only after undertaking due diligence. Accepting a recordkeeper-imposed requirement to use only the recordkeeper's proprietary funds for some of the plan's participants is, quite frankly, an abrogation of the plan sponsor's due diligence requirements. ERISA's due diligence requirement is not null just because a participant is a retiree.

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