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30 Nov 2011

Why Fee Disclosures Will Be Traumatic for Many 401(k) Plans

April 2012 will be a traumatic time for many 401(k) plans. That’s when 401(k) plans will be forced to disclose the fees they pay to their plan administrators.  For many plans, this will not be easy.  Like a low tide, it will show which plans are well managed and which have

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24 Nov 2011

Top Regulators Examining LIBOR Rate Fixing

Large banks which set one of the institutional investing world’s most important interest rate-setting benchmarks–LIBOR–are being accused of price fixing by some of the largest regulators in the world. In a series of lawsuits filed in 2011, plaintiffs charge that dating back to the start of the current financial crisis

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21 Nov 2011

Volatility Takes Its Toll on Long-Term Investing

Average Annual Total Returns (as of 10-31-2011) YTD Returns at NAV     1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years 15 Years     Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index N/A 8.07% 11.41% 0.25% 3.69% 5.77%     DJIA N/A 10.34% 11.80% 2.53% 5.39% 7.04%     NASDAQ N/A 7.06%

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19 Nov 2011

Beware of Misleading Retirement Calculators in 401(k) Plans

By Neil Plein From: Invest N’Retire, July 22, 2011 For the complete article, visit Invest n’Retire Having a retirement calculator should be a good thing. It helps to perform computations and projections that would otherwise be out of reach to the common 401k participant. The intent of calculators are primarily

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18 Nov 2011

Now It’s Europe’s “Lost Decade”

From about 1991 to 2001, Japan suffered what is called its “Lost Decade,” as a result of steep declines in housing prices and the stock market. During this period, commercial real estate prices fell by about 87%, accompanied by economic stagnation and deflation.  This period saw the stock market decline

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17 Nov 2011

An Individual Investor’s Revenge on Wall Street

Millions of American investors lost many billions of dollars or more as a result of the 2008 mass housing and financial frauds. But very few people have taken the time to investigate why they lost money and what the U.S. financial services industry did to help create the crisis in the first

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