Category Archives: fiduciary

Understanding the Fees Paid by Your Governmental Retirement Plan

By Jeff Chang There are several fundamental principles and concepts that governmental plan sponsors and fiduciaries need to bear in mind as they select and monitor their plan providers and the fees that these providers charge.

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Rules Governing Your Participant-Directed 457(b) or Defined Contribution 401(a) Plan

By Jeff Chang Many cities and special districts in California maintain one or more defined contribution retirement plans (i.e., a 457(b) or 401(a) plan) in which the participants are given investment responsibility over their respective accounts. However, many agencies are … Continue reading

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When a Section 115 Pension Stabilization Trust is “Too Good To Be True”

By Jeff Chang To prepare for and manage significantly increased CalPERS employer contribution rates in the coming years, California public agencies  approved the establishment and funding of so-called “pension rate stabilization trusts.” Clients have asked for evaluations of the various … Continue reading

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Lessons From the Private Sector: Takeaways From Recent ERISA Plan Fiduciary and Fee Litigation

By Jeff Chang This is a blog about “public” benefits issues — one that focuses heavily, but not exclusively, on California developments. If we are focusing on California’s public agency retirement and welfare plans — which are generally exempt from … Continue reading

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Recognizing That All “Rates of Return” Are Not the Same

By Jeff Chang As a “baby-boomer” and one of the millions of my generation getting ready for retirement, I’ve naturally begun to focus more on the ups and downs of the stock market and all of the “advice” regarding how … Continue reading

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