401(k) Mismanagement

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Accused of Stock Dump, Trading on Insider Information

The New York Law Journal is reporting that investors in the Chinese company Tencent Music Entertainment Group have sued Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley, accusing the investment banks of using insider information to dump shares of the firm in March. The lawsuit, filed last week in Manhattan federal court, named both Goldman and Morgan Stanley over a massive stock sell-off…

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The Case of the Clicks: The Rise of Digital Ad Fraud

The advertising industry has undergone rapid changes in the past few decades. The growth of the internet has meant that businesses have pivoted to digital advertising options. This has come with its own set of challenges. While the two main stakeholders remain the same – companies that sell ad space, and companies that want to buy ad space – how…

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The Various Places Where Excessive Fees May Be Hidden in Your 401(k) Plan

So-called defined contribution plans—such as 401(k) plans—have become “the primary private savings vehicle for most Americans’ retirement.”[1] The assets held by 401(k) plans have more than doubled over the past decade, and as of 2019, these plans held a whopping $6.4 trillion in retirement savings.[2] With trillions at issue and the retirement security of millions of American workers at stake, it is…

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Should Your 401(k) Plan Invest in Private Equity?

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued a guidance document explaining that 401(k) plans are permitted to invest in private equity funds, albeit only indirectly.[1] The DOL touts its new guidance as a policy that “level[s] the playing field for ordinary investors” and helps “ensure that ordinary people investing for retirement have the opportunities they need for a secure retirement.”[2] However,…

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Financial Advisor Misconduct

Financial Advisor Scams More than 650,000 registered financial advisors in the United States help manage more than $30 trillion of investible assets. A recent study “The Market for Financial Adviser Misconduct” found that financial advisor misconduct is broader than many realize – 12% of the financial advisors in the United States have disclosure records and 7% have been disciplined for misconduct and/or…

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401(k) Participants Can Be Prime Targets of Cross-Selling Efforts

Participants in their company’s 401(k) plan have come to expect that their employer will protect their personal information from disclosure outside the plan. However, plan participants of Shell Oil’s 401(k) have filed a case in federal court in Galveston, Texas – Harmon v. Shell Oil Company – alleging Shell took no action to stop the plan’s recordkeeper, Fidelity, from using participants’ personal…

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Understanding 401(K) Documents: The Annual Fee Disclosure

401(k) documents are notoriously mystifying—and notoriously ignored. “I must say,” admitted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at recent oral argument of the United States Supreme Court, “I don’t read all the mailings that I get about my investments.” For about 72 million American workers, 401(k)s are “nest eggs.” Employees expect their 401(k) investments, along with social security, to provide them with a steady income during…

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